How to Host a Stress-free Holiday Meal on a Budget

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Holiday hosting can be super-stressful – and expensive! This year, with prices soaring at the grocery and beyond, breaking that budget on hosting duties can seem like a sure thing. Lucky for you, you can change the odds. Here are six ways you can host a stress-free and awesome holiday meal without draining your wallet. Simplify your meal plan It’s …

Should I Offer Financial Support to my Adult Child?

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In recent years, newly minted adults have become more dependent on their parents. According to a report by Merrill, more than three-quarters of parents in the U.S. provide financial support to their adult children. This includes allowing their kids to live at home, covering student loan bills, paying for their phone/data plans and more. This development is likely due to …

Making Your Home Safe for Older Residents

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Whether an older relative is moving in with you, or you’re planning on aging in your own home, it may be time to check out how safe and accessible your home is. Stairways and bathrooms can be risky places for able-bodied people, but throw mobility or cognitive issues into the mix and those areas of the home can create life-threatening …

Post-Pandemic Money Moves

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Re-acclimating to normal life as pandemic restrictions are lifted and businesses reopen across the country will mean more than just getting used to wearing real pants again and working without your cat on your lap. You’ll also need to consider your finances. How has your overall money management changed during the pandemic? Have you dipped into your savings? Have you …

Should I Invest in Cryptocurrency?

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Investing in cryptocurrency is all the rage, but that doesn’t mean it’s the financially responsible choice for everyone. Let’s take a closer look at cryptocurrency, its volatile nature, and explore the question of whether it’s a good idea to invest in what has been hailed by some as the “money of the future.” What is cryptocurrency? Cryptocurrency is digital money …

Saving on Landscaping

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Landscaping can really drain your wallet! Between seeds, fertilizer and gardening supplies, costs can be high enough to take the pleasure out of lawn care. Here are 10 creative ways to save on landscaping, so you can have your well-tended lawn and your budget, too. 1. Plant perennials Go green with your garden by choosing plants that flower year after …

Spring Clean Your Finances

Personal Finances

Spring is a great time of year to clear your house of accumulated junk and make it sparkle. Why not do the same for your finances? Junk can accumulate there, too. In fact, some of your money matters may need a good wipe down this season. It is especially true this year, when many Americans are still recovering from the …

Preparing Financially For A New Baby

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Congratulations! You’ve just gotten the positive pregnancy test results, and you’re breathless with excitement — and nerves. Or maybe you’re a few months along, and the mild panic is growing right along with the baby bump. Regardless, a baby means big changes, and some of those changes bring many new expenses. How will you pay for it all? Here are …

When Does it Make Sense to Pay a Bill with a Credit Card?

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Credit cards and debit cards both offer incredible convenience. With just a quick swipe or a linked account, a payment can be instantly processed. It seems like a no-brainer to use that convenience for taking the hassle out of paying bills. But, is it a smart idea to pay monthly bills with a credit card or debit card? Choosing to …