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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...

Family fun under the Friday night lights

Looking for a thrifty family activity? Check out a local high school football game...

12 secrets to a budget-friendly holiday season

Put these 12 holiday saving tips into action to save your family some money during the holiday season...

Nine tips to save energy

Here are nine tips to save energy...

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?

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?”

Ugh! Must be the money

Ugh! Must be the money

Overnight trips, banquets, varsity jackets and wrestling singlets do not pay for themselves. And in many cases, the Carlisle School District can’t pay for those things either....

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...

Cafeteria plans help your family year-round

When I was a full-time employee of a fairly large media corporation, I passed on the opportunity to open a flexible spending account. Too much paperwork, I thought. Too much trouble to keep track of medical and health-related expenses, I surmised. Not worth the hassle, I reasoned. Boy, was I wrong...

The secrets to saving at warehouse clubs

The secrets to saving at warehouse clubs

One of those large bulk stores opened just minutes from my house, which got me thinking about buying in bulk....

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