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I’m a little concerned about my parents. They’re getting on in age, and I worry that they haven’t prepared for their later years. They aren’t savvy with computers or technology, so I want to make sure that they are getting information from trustworthy sources. Do you have any recommendations?

-Concerned Adult Kid in Milwaukee [click to continue…]

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How to Budget for Children’s Extracurricular Activities The back-to-school season is not only a hectic time of year, but also an expensive one that should be budgeted for. Between buying school supplies, new clothing or school uniforms, and planning healthy and affordable lunches, the costs of sending your child to school can certainly add up quickly.

Now that school is in full swing, after school activities are also starting up. Extracurricular activities can greatly enhance your child’s physical, social, and academic development. However, practices and meetings can eat up a huge chunk of your family’s budget if you do not plan for it. If you follow these steps on how to create a budget for after school activities, you will not have to worry about busting your budget or delaying financial goals such as paying off debt. [click to continue…]

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One-Bowl Microwave Mac ‘n Cheese: Comfort Food

September 17, 2014
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It’s late at night, and all you want is something cheesy, gooey, and bad for you. Though you may instinctively order a whole pizza, or a massive calzone, there are other options that will be easier on your wallet and a little bit kinder to your caloric intake. Using just a microwave, you can make [...]

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Tuesday Tip: Prepare for Known Expenses Ahead of Time

September 16, 2014
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We are all very aware of the times of year when we need to do some spending. The holiday season, of course, comes to mind. But what about all the other events throughout the year that you don’t typically plan ahead for? Your friend’s Halloween party? Your parents summer cookout? Birthdays? Weddings? The list goes [...]

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Dorm Decor: Get This Modern Utilitarian Look for Less Than $100

September 15, 2014
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By now, you’re probably settled into your new dorm room, but aren’t sure how to make it your own. We’ve come up with a fantastic unisex decor that is useful in its design while also stylish and modern in its look. You’ll be excited to invite friends to visit and hang out in this room!

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How to Make Money in College: Part Time Jobs for College Students

September 12, 2014
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Being in college can be hazardous to your financial health. Part of the college experience is struggling to pay bills or make ends meet, but there are ways to offset that besides eating ramen every night. You can earn extra money in college by taking on various part-time jobs or internships, and these can also [...]

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Scholarships 101

September 11, 2014
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With college costs soaring and students headed back to campus this month, paying for college is a real concern for many people. As a result, more and more families are narrowing college choices because of financial limits. Whether you are a parent or a student, there are many options to consider when funding a college education [...]

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Use a Microwave to Make Potato Chips

September 10, 2014
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Potato chips are deliciously addictive – salty, crunchy, and satisfying. But these deep fried treats can be loaded with fat, and the gourmet ones can be expensive. Why not try making your own? We have a clever and efficient way of making potato chips without a drop of oil – use your microwave.

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Tuesday Tip: Avoid Lifestyle Inflation

September 9, 2014
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Today’s tip is about “lifestyle inflation.” If you’re not familiar with the term, it’s when a person’s income increases and they in turn increase their spending. Makes sense, right? You make more money so you can afford to spend more. This may be true for some people but, if you’re struggling with debt, succumbing to lifestyle inflation can [...]

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Dorm Decor: Get This Colorful Modern Hip Look for Less Than $100

September 8, 2014
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So you’re all moved into your new dorm, and the prison-like look of cinder blocks and white painted walls isn’t all that appealing. With less than $100, you can transform your dorm room into something reflective of your colorful personality, as long as you know where to shop. In this series, we’re looking at how your [...]

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