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 ...

How to Prep for Your Overnight Babysitter

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In college and for a few years after, I did a lot of babysitting to supplement my (low) income.  Since I was over 22 and had my own vehicle, I quickly became a hot commodity in my sisters' circles of friends, and had a fairly steady stream of overnights, weekends, and even a few weeks ...

Treat yourself with your tax return #TreatYourself #StraightTalkTesters

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It’s tax time- and that means for many of us, TAX RETURNS! Not always easy to know what to do with $3229 (the average US tax refund amount). Our friends at Straight Talk know how important it is to families to get the most bang for their buck and optimize those returns...they sent me a ...

Teaching Kids About Money: It Is Never Too Early  

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When you think about all the things you need or want to teach your kids, where does money fall for you? At what age do you think it is best to teach your kids about money? While your elementary school-age child may not understand about balancing a checkbook or paying bills, he or she is ...

Five Tips to Protect Yourself from Identity Theft

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When I was in the workforce, the office I worked in was getting a facelift. We had construction crews in and out all day for several days. One day at lunch, I went to grab my purse from my file cabinet and it was gone. My stomach dropped because I knew the trouble I was ...

How to set up a blog

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If you asked me in college what I would be doing after graduation, I'd have told you without hesitation, teaching preschool.  Then I graduated, and though I had a degree, excellent references and a full time position with benefits, I could not make ends meet.  Ever.  I ended up doing 2-3 jobs and babysitting at ...

Teaching Teens About Finances

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As parents, from the moment we have that precious bundle placed into our arms, we take on a huge responsibility. We are charged with taking care of this little human, teaching them right from wrong, educating them, keeping them safe from harm and doing what we can to raise them to be the best people ...