As soon as the table is cleared and the dishes are done, many of us will be getting ready for — or already headed out to — what has become a post-Thanksgiving tradition: Black Friday holiday shopping.
But, don’t get caught up in the excitement. If you do, you could end up spending more than you intended, putting a big dent in your budget. Continue reading
Are you tired of paying “an arm and a leg” for kids’ Halloween costumes that get worn once or twice around the big night, and then are either outgrown or out-of-favor for a repeat performance the following year?
Do you have any of the following around the house: a recycling bin, duct tape, trash bags, empty toilet paper tubes, paper grocery bags, hot glue gun, magic markers, Velcro or cardboard? Continue reading
Summer may be over, but we still have more saving tips to share!
According to the US Department of Agriculture’s Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, the average American family of four spends as little as $610 and as much as $1,203 per month on groceries. A huge line item for most of us, there are ways you can reduce your monthly grocery bill. Continue reading
For many teenagers, the hardest thing about earning money is learning to manage it wisely. Until they had their own money, Mom and Dad were their own private bank. Money appeared like magic whenever they asked, as long as the request was reasonable.
Now that they have their own payday, they tend to want to hold on to their earnings. To save, you ask? Not necessarily! Chances are they’d rather squirrel it away for that next trip to the mall with their friends. And then there might just be nothing left until the next payday. Continue reading
Spending way too much at the pump?
Are the costs of car repair adding up?
Is the trade-in value of your vehicle dropping as the odometer rises?
All things considered, you could be talking big bucks!
Here’s a simple savings tip: Carpool! Continue reading
We are pleased to welcome guest blogger, Laura Edgar, senior writer for NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website dedicated to promoting financial literacy.
Money management is a popular topic for grownups, but it’s just as important for kids. Sure, your child may not have to worry about paying the mortgage, but she does need to practice budgeting, spending and saving. Kids who learn good money management habits are way more likely to make smart financial choices when they grow up; study after study confirms it.
Teaching your children good money skills isn’t as difficult as it sounds. You already know a lot about it! Here are 5 expert tips to get you started. Continue reading
You’ve spent the whole summer saving money with our Summer Savings Tips – and even as the summer winds down, our tips continue!
Back to school preparation is always costly, but we want you to hang on to that money you’ve worked so hard to save this summer. Continue reading
To stay or to go this summer? The great American spirit urges us to hit the road, but we suggest you fight that urge and “go local” to save money.
One day-trip at a time you can rediscover all the amazing things our own region has to offer. You might just fall in love with home…all over again. Continue reading
The temperature has skyrocketed and you can’t wait to get out of the heat. Time to head home and crank up the air conditioning.
But do you know how to keep your energy costs low when the temperature is high?