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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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  I recently had the opportunity to sit down with my colleague, Julie Foster, Secondary Principal of Wichita Christian School, and get some feedback on issues facing parents and students in high school. According to her, “One of the biggest hurdles a junior or senior high school student will face is completing scholarships for college.”…

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Grocery shopping is an inevitable part of life. It can also be one of the easiest ways to blow your budget. Whether you choose to do your shopping at the corner store, Aldi or your local Walmart, remembering what you need and trying to stick to your budget can be a hassle. That’s the goal…

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How To Use Money Envelopes

Are you looking for a way to make budgeting easier? Well, here’s the good news – your search is over! The money envelope system is a simple, proven and powerful way to keep spending in check. Follow the steps below:  1. Determine your monthly income and expenses For the next few months, track all your…

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