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Affordable fall vacation ideas

As the dog days of summer fade away, fall brings cooler temperatures and vibrant colors. School’s back in, so most destinations are less crowded, and pricing reflects that. Fall also tends to be the time of year with the most mild temperatures in most areas, after the heat of summer but before the extreme cold …

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How to save on gas: don’t let your budget run on empty

Gas prices are constantly fluctuating, but the overall trend seems to always be upward. As the costs keep rising, learning how to save on gas has become increasingly important for drivers. Fortunately, there are some simple ways to improve your fuel efficiency and lower your gas expenses. Here are some tips to help you make …

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What is cash stuffing?

Managing personal finances can be challenging, but with the right budgeting method, it becomes much easier to stay on track and achieve financial goals. One popular and effective budgeting technique is the ‘cash stuffing’ method of budgeting (also known as the ‘envelope method’).  What is cash stuffing? It’s a straightforward approach that helps people allocate …

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How to stop food waste

Food waste is a global issue with significant environmental, economic, and social consequences, and it also can amount to wasted money for your household. The good news is, there are some simple things you can do to help stop food waste. 1. Plan your meals and make a shopping list We’ve all gone to the …

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How to use Facebook Marketplace to make money

Facebook Marketplace has become a bustling online platform for buying and selling, and it can be a fast and easy way to make money. Whether you’re looking to declutter your home or start a small business, Facebook Marketplace can be a great way to do it. Here are some key steps and strategies to maximize …

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Decorating on a budget: home decor tips

Decorating your home is a fun way to personalize your living space and make it more comfortable. It can be expensive, but it doesn’t have to be! With a little creativity and resourcefulness, you can get the look you want. Here are our tips for decorating on a budget. 1. Plan and prioritize Before you …

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DIY herb garden: save money by growing your own

Growing a DIY herb garden at home can be a fun and cost-effective way to add flavor to your dishes instead of buying store-bought herbs (which can be surprisingly expensive!). Whether you have a spacious garden or just a small balcony or even a window sill, growing your own herbs is a practical and eco-friendly hobby …

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How to save on utility bills

Utility bills can add up fast. Electricity can be expensive (but most of us have become pretty dependent on it!). The same goes for water, heating, and cooling. But with a proactive approach and a few simple changes, you can reduce costs without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Here are some ideas for how to save …

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5 common money myths, busted

Managing money is an important life skill, but it’s easy to get distracted by common money myths that have been passed down for generations. (Sort of like urban legends, except these are tall tales about finances!) They’re not true, but they can lead people to make bad financial decisions. Here are five prevalent money myths, …

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How to save money by washing your car at home

Do you pay to have your car washed? That’s some seriously unnecessary spending—It’s so easy to set up your own car wash at home, right in your own driveway! Washing your car at home is very cost-effective and can even be a satisfying activity. It’s not hard to do, and you’ll likely do a much …

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The pros and cons of brand name vs generic products

When it comes to shopping, more and more these days we run into generic alternatives to  brand name products. Brand name products are usually made by well-known companies so they come with a higher price tag, while generic products are more affordable and produced by various manufacturers. The compromises sometimes found in generic products may or …

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Buy now pay later companies: what you should know

Online shopping has changed the way we buy things, and recently a rise in buy now pay later companies (BNPL) offerings have changed the way we pay for our purchases. BNPL services have gained a lot of popularity recently; they provide shoppers with alternative payment options that go beyond traditional credit cards. They generally don’t …

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