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Consumer Confidence Leads to Overspending

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With the holiday season hot on our tails, consumers across the country are gearing up for their annual shopping binge. Now that the government shutdown is over and a debt deal has been struck between opposing parties, economists have already surmised that the two events have collided to give consumers that extra confidence boost necessary
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Save Money on Halloween

Posted in: Budgeting

Can you believe it’s already October? Halloween is fast approaching, and the neighborhood is becoming more and more ghoulish as each night passes. For many families, this holiday means spooky fun but also additional spending. Costumes, candy, and decorations can really add up, but it’s doesn’t have to be that way. If you’re currently trying
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Cost of Owning a Dog

Posted in: Budgeting

Have you ever thought about how much your dog is costing you? Obviously the number varies – depending on your pet’s size, age, physical health, etc. There are dog owners who treat their dogs as just pets, giving them the bare necessities and not too much beyond that. Then, there are people at the other
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Budgeting for Back to School

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Summer is quickly coming to an end. Students are going back to school, and for many, that means it’s time for some back-to-school shopping. As a kid growing up, I remember how much I loved the shopping part of “going back to school”. I wanted to buy the coolest gear, mainly so that I could
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Save Money With A Staycation!

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No vacation? How about a staycation!? Haven’t been able to afford your yearly vacation to Hawaii this year? Decided to skip the romp to the islands in order to save a few greenbacks? Was it more of a priority to take care of your outstanding debt that has been precariously looming over your head like
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Save Money or Shop Local?

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Save money or shop local? Here is my case for community retailers. Within the past year, I have read about three stories from the Atlantic Monthly concerning JC Penney’s decline.  While all different in scope (the second, brief article postured how the tea kettle featured on a billboard in California bore an abstract resemblance to
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Raising Financially Responsible Kids – 3 Essential Tips

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Want to raise financially responsible kids? Our first financial lessons often come from our parents. Whether we realize it or not, kids notice how their parents spend and/or save money. So if you’re someone who is frugal, your child will likely consider that to be normal and have an early mentality set for financial frugality.
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A 401 (What!?) Plan

Posted in: Budgeting

Yesterday I got a package in the mail labeled “Time Sensitive Transition Information Enclosed.” Since it was larger than a regular sized envelope and not from a bill collector, I quickly rushed to tear it open. After a cursory read with the words 401K plan, risk, diversify, vest, and blackout period popping out at me,
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Financial Health – Correlated with Physical Health?

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Is financial health correlated with physical health? When I turned 30, I knew it was time to grow up a bit. It was time to take a long term view and approach to life. It was time to start taking care of myself so that I could live a long, healthy, and active life. Gone
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Royal Baby

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Royal Baby watch has now shifted into high gear. The Duchess of Cambridge (a.k.a. Kate Middleton) is due to give birth any day now, and the public is monitoring her pregnancy very closely. After all, the baby is heir to the British throne and will arguably be the most famous child of the decade. There’s
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