Modern Banking and Giving Back to the Community

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This is a sponsored post about modern banking written by me on behalf of Capital One. Last week, I was invited to attend a panel discussion, in celebration of Giving Tuesday, which was part of the Capital One's recurring #CapXTalk panel series. I headed up to Boston with a blog pal and had a chance to ...

Using Credit Card Rewards to Pay for Travel

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This post about using credit card rewards to pay for travel is part of a partnership with American Express and Hilton HHonors.  I’ve been a stay-at-home parent since our oldest was born almost 11 years ago. The first several years, I wasn’t working, so there wasn’t extra income for vacations. Any points or rewards earned from using ...

Connecticut’s 529 College Savings Plan

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Connecticut's 529 College Savings Plan This post was sponsored on behalf of Connecticut Higher Education Trust (CHET). All opinions stated are my own. The CHET Program is Connecticut's 529 College Savings Plan.  It's the Connecticut Higher Education Trust program. All 3 of my kids have a CHET account, and we make a deposit 1-3 times a year ...

Start planning your vacation with HHonors Points

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Start planning your vacation now with HHonors Points We just got home from several days in Orlando as a family. It was a great time for us to get away, spend some time together and just relax and enjoy ourselves. Well, relax for a few days, anyway, since we did 3 days at the parks while ...

6 Tips to Save on Energy Bill this Spring and Summer

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This post brought to you by IGS Energy. The content and opinions expressed below are that of this mama loves. When you have a family as big as we do, you learn to live on a tight budget.  Sometimes you pinch pennies and scrape to make ends meet because you have no other choice and sometimes ...

Life Lessons You Can Learn Working In Retail

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When I was in elementary school, my mom got a job in a large retail store in the mall. To be honest, I was partially embarrassed mom worked selling menswear for a living. Another part of me was relieved as it was mom's first job in almost 2 years. Within a short period of time, ...

5 advantages to shopping small business

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When I was little, we lived in a pretty close knit neighborhood. A few times a week, my mom would give my sister and I $.50 (yes, that is two quarters) to spend at the corner store. This was the hub of the neighborhood. The best way to explain it is if you were to ...

Top Money Saving Tips For Families

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When I found out I was expecting my first baby, my husband and I sat down to talk about finances. I worked in an industry with long hours and minimal pay. We added up the costs of child care and work related expenses and deducted them from my take home pay. The end result was ...

Tips to Plan Your Vacation and Manage Travel Expenses

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Visa Clear Prepaid and Prepaid Visa® RushCard.   Can you believe it is almost time for school to be back in session? I know, neither can I. With this happening, that means winter travel plans are being made across the country. Are you going to travel ...

How to Track Summer Spending

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Are you looking for an easier way to fund your summer adventures and stay within budget? Today’s sponsor, Visa and the Prepaid Visa® RushCard, has a prepaid card that can be the perfect way to track your spending and budget your funds so you can fit in all of the summer fun you wish to ...