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The money’s in the walls

I used to watch home makeover TV shows, the ones where the homeowner drops $50,000 on a new state-of-the-art kitchen with double ovens and an eight-burner range. While the “afters” were almost always exquisite, I would sit on my couch and yell things at the television. “Who has $50grand lying around for a new kitchen?”

School piggy banks feeling the pinch

Balancing a budget during challenging economic times can be one of the more difficult tasks a family faces. Decisions usually boil down to making certain that the necessities are paid for...

26 Tips for a fun—and affordable—vacation

Vacations can be fun and affordable. Here are some of my basic tips to keep your dream getaway within reach...

Six tips to save at the pump

Here are six tips to save at the pump...

Nine tips to save energy

Here are nine tips to save energy...

Tips for raising money-wise kids

Tips for raising money-wise kids

Kids are never too young to learn the skills of saving, budgeting and other basics for becoming a money-wise individual...

Eight tips to keep your house cool this summer

Here are 8 tips to keep your house cool this summer for less money...

'Less Is More' does not apply to piggy banks

In a society that deals with so much paperless money, where debit cards and automatic bill payments are far more common than pocket change, do children today still need a piggy bank? No, says Laura Fisher, executive director of the American Bankers Association’s Education Foundation. They don’t need one piggy bank—they need three or four...

Smile for Santa

Smile for Santa

It’s ironic, don’t you think, that for 11 months out of the year we teach our kids not to talk to strangers, but once December hits, it’s all about telling Santa what we want for Christmas...

Saving for college? Not so fast

Somewhere in the back of most parents’ minds we’re all fretting about the same thing: How are we going to pay for our kid’s college tuition? We know higher education is a must these days; we also know it’s exorbitantly expensive. Nobody wants to saddle their child with tens of thousands of dollars in school loans, but with today’s cost of living and tomorrow’s uncertainties, who can afford to set aside much of anything to help pay for it? And where should we set it aside?

 
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