How To: Save on Summer Camp

Kids at Summer CampAre stints at day camp or extended stays at sleep-away camp an integral part of your children’s summer? If not, maybe you’d like to get your children involved in all the fun, friends and festivities camps have to offer?

As with all your other children’s activities, the impact on the family budget is likely weighing in on your decision. For parents, much has been written about the price of having your kids take part in the creative crafts and camaraderie-building activities. With that in mind, here are some ideas on how to lessen summer camp’s impact on your wallet.

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You could win All-Star tickets & prizes

Blue Crabs ContestFor baseball fans in Southern Maryland, what better game to catch than the Atlantic League All-Star Game, where you can see the League’s best playing together on one night. Which is why we’re celebrating our partnership as the Official Bank of the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs with an All-Star contest!

Prizes
Enter our Blue Crabs Contest and you could win a grand prize family four pack of tickets to the 2013 Atlantic League All-Star Game at the home of the Blue Crabs – Regency Furniture stadium, Wednesday, July 10.

In addition to the grand prize, six lucky winners will receive a Blue Crabs baseball hat as part of a weekly drawing every Friday from May 24 through June 28. Continue reading

Children: How to Become a Babysitter

Girl BabysitterIs someone in your family ready for that first babysitting job? Babysitting is almost a rite of passage for tweens and teens. But, just like with any other job, babysitting has its rules!

That’s especially true in Maryland, the only state in the country that dictates that babysitters must be at least 13 years of age. But, being mature, reliable, capable and age 13 isn’t all it takes to be a good babysitter. Training and knowledge are key components of success for a youngster’s “first real job.”

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Savings Tip: Mother’s Day DIY Ideas

Mother and SonMother’s Day is Sunday, May 12. Hopefully, you’ve already found the perfect gift for Mom. As you’ve probably learned the hard way, the longer you wait, the more you could end up spending.

Pressed for ideas that are easy on the wallet, but still show how much you care?

We’ve searched the Internet and came up with ideas, from do it yourself crafts for which there may still be time to create, to suggestions for making the day special in other ways — while still staying within your budget.

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Mobile Devices: Stay Safe on the Go

MobilePhoneShoppingDo you use your smartphone or tablet to text friends or conduct business via email? Or maybe you have a hard time remembering what it was like not having eBay or Amazon.com at your fingertips? As you rely more and more on your mobile device for these and other functions, make certain you are taking the proper precautions to keep you and your mobile device safe. Continue reading