25 Easy Ways to Help the Planet — and Your Budget

Conserving energy. Reducing landfills and pollution. Protecting the environment.  Chances are, you already know the impact that recycling can have on sustaining our planet. What you may not know, however, is the impact recycling can have in your home – and in your budget. Here are 25 easy ways you can reuse and recycle to […]

Spending Plan Beats Budgeting

Have you ever developed a gut-wrenching fear in the pit of your belly or a feeling of despair when you thought about creating a household budget? Consider thinking about it as a “spending plan”. A budget is simply the framework for planning how to spend and save your money. Follow these simple steps to create […]

6 Ways to Save More Money in the New Year

6 Ways to Save More Money in the New Year Even if saving has never been your thing and money is tight, the coming of a new year is an opportunity to change old financial habits. Here are some ways to become a more efficient saver. 1. Budget Budgeting helps you organize your finances so […]

Keeping New Year’s Resolutions

The New Year is an ideal time to make positive changes in your life. Set yourself up for success by following these proven tips for keeping your resolutions. Set realistic goals Rather than resolving to lose 20 pounds, set a goal to lose two pounds a month. Achieving success in small steps is the motivation […]

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Smart and Easy Ways to Trim Your Grocery Bills

Growing up, you may have heard your parents or grandparents talk about the rising cost of living. Something like, “In my day, we used to pay 10 cents for a loaf of bread and 18 cents for a gallon of gas.” Well if you’ve been to the grocery store, you know that the cost of […]

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12 Ways to Lower Your Health Care Expenses

You may have heard it said “you can’t put a price on good health.” But anyone who has received a bill from a hospital or gotten sticker shock at the pharmacy, knows that health care in America today is very costly. In fact, managing rising health expenses can be one of the biggest challenges for […]

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3 Reasons You Need an Automatic Savings Plan

“Save money” is a timeless bit of personal finance advice, but actually doing it can be another story. If you need a way to boost your savings and stay consistent with your goals, setting up an automatic funds transfer can help. There are two ways you might do this. You can set up a transfer […]

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7 Banking Tips for Young Millennials

7 Banking Tips for Young Millennials Once you start receiving your first paychecks after graduation, knowing how to spend or save your money wisely can be tough. While you may be able to do your banking with just a few taps on your phone, managing money well is much more complicated. Here are a few […]

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Talking to Children About Money

In many families, talking about money can be uncomfortable, and in some cases, almost taboo. When children request something that costs more than the family is comfortable spending, children of different ages react differently. Young children may not have an understanding of the item’s cost relative to the family’s finances. And a teenager’s “need” may […]

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The Secret to Saving Money

We always hear saving money is important, but why? It may be to realize the plans we have for our lives — to own a home or pay for our child’s education in the future. Or maybe it’s to gain greater control of the unplanned things of today, such as emergency medical expenses or car […]

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