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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?”

You Really Can Afford a Vacation

With any luck you’re not drowning in new debt from the holidays, but chances are you’re feeling the money pinch from a bit of overindulgence in December. So when faced with mounting debt and frigid temps, what better thing to focus on than vacation? Looking at your current budget might make it seem like the chance to get away with your family is a thousand years...

Six tips to save at the pump

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

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...

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....

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...

'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...

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....

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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