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Money Hacks: The Kool-Aid Test

Leaky toilets can really inflate your water bill. Try the Kool Aid test! Dump a package of orange Kool-Aid into the tank of your toilet and don’t flush for an hour. If you still see orange water in the toilet bowl after an hour, you have a leak. Stop throwing out money and get it…

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Back-to-school season can be exhausting — and expensive! Take the hassle and the hefty price tags out of this year’s school shopping by downloading these 5 apps. Who knows? Maybe school shopping can be fun again! 1. School Supply List (iOS, $0.99) Keep things organized with this app created just for school supply lists. You can…

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Apps like Ibotta and Checkout 51 will give you cash rebates on your groceries – all you have to do is scan your receipt. For just a minute of your time, you can earn a little bit back, potentially putting hundreds of dollars back in your wallet this year!   The ones I use: Walmart…

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Impulse purchases can wreak havoc on the most carefully constructed budgets. It’s something we struggle with as adults (myself included). But what if we could break the cycle? By teaching your kids how to recognize them, you will be giving them the tools for overcoming that overpowering impulse to buy, buy, buy.  This month’s goal: Show your kids how retailers manipulate our…

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Welp, I’m back on the wagon. (After gaining COUGHFOURCOUGH pounds in the seven days I was in Houston…) AnyWHO, when I have had success in eating better and losing weight, it had a lot to do with planning meals. Meal planning is a simple and effective way to save a lot of money each month,…

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Q: My partner and I are excited to soon bring home our own little bundle of joy. How can we save money while raising our baby? A: It’s hard to work and juggle child care around normal adult responsibilities! Costs have gone up as well – raising a child from birth to age 18 can cost over…

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Summer is here, which means it is HOME. BUYING. SEASON. (Let’s face it, no one wants to deal with moving during the school year, so this ends up being a hot time. For home buying, and weather. See what I did there? I crack myself up.) Anyhow, I wanted to share some food for thought:…

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Spring Clean For Extra Cash

When that first delightful spring breeze starts blowing, you know it’s time to get your house in shape. But there’s more than just a neat house awaiting the end of all that hard work. With just a few steps, you can put some extra cash in your wallet.  1.) Trade in your electronics  Gather all…

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Saving Smarts

For the responsible adult who thinks about being prepared for the future, savings are a fixed expense that is built into the monthly budget just like car payments and insurance. For most people, though, this habit does not come naturally. It needs to be acquired and practiced. Teach your kids those saving smarts now when…

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