From the category archives:

Budget

school

Now that the summer is almost over, it’s time to start thinking about getting the kids back to school. They are going to need new school supplies, and many will need new clothes as they’ve likely outgrown those from the year before. No matter what age your child is, there are a few ways to [...]

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market basket

If you live in the New England area and haven’t been living under a rock, you know that the region’s favorite discount grocery store, Market Basket, is undergoing some serious change. After the firing of Arthur T. Demoulas as CEO, employees have boycotted and refused to stock shelves. Sales have come to a screeching halt as [...]

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tuesday tip

Ever wonder where all your money is going? Ever wish you had more cash to spend on things you need or want? It can be tough to keep track of all of your spending for any given month. However, tracking is the best way to find ways to save. It’s easy to forget about some [...]

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The Extreme Cheapskates that we’ve featured in Talking Cents are, as the name suggests, extreme. They take savings and penny pinching to a point of sideshow attraction, but their hearts are in the right place (for the most part). There are lessons to be learned from their choices, even if they take it to the [...]

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Shopping_Smartphone

Phone bills are a vital part of our utility bills, and data usage can cost quite a bit more on top of the cost of the phone. If you are trying to manage credit card debt, every cent counts — switching to a cheaper data plan might be the right choice for you. There are a [...]

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talking cents guy

DEAR TALKING CENTS GUY: I’m in my late 20s, and it’s that time of year when I’m invited to a bunch of weddings. This summer alone, I have seven (yes, SEVEN) weddings, most of which require air travel and hotels. I am currently working, but I am very much underemployed and do not make enough [...]

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babysitter

We all know that raising a child is very expensive, but do you just how costly it is? The average cost to raise a child born in 2012 is $241,080 (excluding the cost of college) compared to just $192,497 (adjusted for inflation) in 1960. As costs have increased, more than 8 million Americans are working [...]

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tuesday tip

Home makeovers and redecorating can be both daunting and expensive. Whether it’s new paint, new furniture, new floors, or just some updated decor, a home makeover project can become expensive or time consuming or both. If you’re like many struggling consumers today,  you might need all of your extra money to pay off debts or other [...]

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summer activities

The days are getting longer, the nights are getting shorter, and your budget is still as tight as ever. Now that the kids are home from school and the weather is perfect for adventures, you may feel the pressure to spend money on expensive summer activities. But when it comes to making sure the summer [...]

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taxes

Americans were budget and money conscious with their tax returns this year, according to last month’s poll. The online survey revealed that 69 percent of American consumers used their tax refund to pay down debt and get ahead on monthly expenses such as rent, utilities and car payments, while only 16 percent splurged and bought [...]

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