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Working It Out

One of the most fundamental financial lessons your kids are going to have to learn is about how you work for your money. Do your kids understand that every time you pull out a wad of bills or swipe a card to pay for a purchase, that money is directly linked to time you put…

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6 Tax Scams to Avoid

Phishing scams. Fake emails or websites impersonating the IRS lure victims into sharing sensitive information. Phone scams. Criminals pretending to represent the IRS call victims demanding immediate payment and risk of arrest. Identity theft. Scammers pose as accountants or tax-return preparers, filing tax refunds using victims’ Social Security numbers. Fake charities. Bogus charity funds preying on victims who have…

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Building A Budget…..For Kids!

Though it’s hard to believe it when you’re knee-deep in their laundry and begging them to do their homework, your little ones won’t be young forever. Some day, they will be all grown up and have homes of their own. And while you can lecture them about budgeting, spending their allowances wisely and saving up…

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Saving Up

If you are like most families, you spend your paycheck as soon as it is deposited to pay bills and to attend to a needed list of items. You know you need to save more. Yet, you probably put off saving money until after it is already spent. The challenge to spending in this fashion…

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I’d like to take this opportunity to brag on how stinkin’ awesome my husband is sometimes. He’s the only one in our family that can actually put a decent meal together, so he’s been helping me with my eating makeover. One of my favorite meals is a burrito bowl from Chipotle or Qdoba – with…

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Did you know that 37% of Americans resolve to lose weight, and 32% resolve to stay fit in the New Year? The weight loss industry definitely knows! It ramps up its marketing this time of year – you’ve likely seen offers for discounts at local and national gym chains. What these advertisements omit is that…

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There’s not a TON of events going on this time of year – I think because everyone is still recovering from the holidays, and the weather is turning us all into hermits. BUT, if you’re wanting to get out and about, I’ve devised the best Saturday ever. Ready for it? Dad + Kids go here…

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Everyone is looking for ways to save during the expensive holiday season. A great way to do this is to cash in on gift card exchange sites, like giftcardgranny.com and cardcash.com. These sites offer places for people to sell  their unwanted gift cards, often at steeply discounted prices. Sometimes, you can find a gift card that’s…

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The holiday season brings a flurry of frenzied consumerism, unabashed greed and endless shopping. As a parent, though, you want your kids to associate this time of year with giving and not just with taking. How can you give your kids a joyous holiday season and teach them about kindness at the same time? The…

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It can be difficult to find something everyone enjoys doing. You’re trying to keep peace without making family time feel like a chore. What can you do to keep everyone happily spending time together without running up a huge credit card bill? These five activities can help all of you keep the Christmas spirit in…

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