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How to build an ADU on a budget: 8 things to know

An Accessory Dwelling Unit (ADU) can be a great addition to your property, whether you’re looking to provide housing to a family member, bring in a steady rental income, or just add to your property’s value. Building one can seem daunting, especially on a tight budget. But with some careful decision-making, you can add an …

side hustles: woman over 40 working from home.

5 best side hustles for people over 40

Age is just a number, and when it comes to boosting your income, being over 40 is actually an advantage. Think about it: you’ve gathered piles of life experience, probably have a few tricks up your sleeve, and know how to manage your time. Wisdom and discipline and all that. So why not take all …

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5 ways to get old money aesthetic on a low-money budget

Who doesn’t love the charm and elegance of that old money aesthetic? It smells like leather, and has just the right patina. Think classic, timeless, and oh-so-sophisticated style that whispers, not shouts—it never raises its voice, that would be so new money (cringe!)—luxury. But let’s be real, most of us aren’t rocking the bank account …

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But I WANT that: How to use the 50-30-20  rule to budget

When you’re out shopping, or shopping online, and you see that oh-so-perfect [insert thing you must have here] while shopping, it’s hard not to just shout, “But I WANT it!” We’ve all been there. And we know we can’t just buy everything that catches our eye. But managing your money wisely doesn’t mean cutting out …

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Affordable and fun summer craft projects

Summer is here, and it is beckoning hard for us to come outside, soak up the sun, and maybe do a couple of fun craft projects that won’t drain our wallets. There are lots of inexpensive and easy projects to keep us all entertained under the warmth of the summer sun. They’re great for keeping …

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How to sell jewelry and where to get the most money

When you have jewelry you’re not wearing anymore and decide to sell it, you might be surprised at how much you can get for some of it. Whether it’s an heirloom piece that just isn’t your style, or something more modern that’s been sitting in a drawer gathering dust, selling your old jewelry can be …

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6 online marketplaces you’ve probably never heard of

In the realm of online shopping, giants like Amazon and eBay often steal the spotlight, leaving smaller but also very useful marketplaces in the shadows. For the savvy shopper or seller looking for alternatives, these under-the-radar sites often have more unique products, better deals, or more specialized services than their giant counterparts. Here’s a guide …

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Cell phone plans: how to find the best deal for you

These days, our cell phones are pretty much attached to us. But they don’t work without service, and a cell phone plan can cost a lot. Whether you’re sucking down tons of megs of data each day, calling internationally, or just looking for the most budget-friendly option, finding the best cell phone plan for you …

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Financial planning checklist for LGBTQ families

Entering the financial maze of family finance is a lot like the game of Life, but this is no board game! And for LGBTQ families, there are even more moving parts and nuances. Here are some things to consider to make sure you’re as prepared as you can be to navigate the expenses of family …

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Affordable local trips near where you live

Summer is the perfect time to take a vacation—the weather is warm, kids are out of school, and most activities and attractions are open. (Cue the tropical music, road trip vibes, and or whatever else floats your travel boat.) But it’s not always easy to get away; work, finding time to put together an itinerary, …

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LGBTQ financial guide to becoming a parent

The journey to parenthood and starting a family can be a great adventure. There’s lots of anticipation and excitement, for sure. But any prospective LGBTQ parent will tell you that it can also be a financial rollercoaster. Whether you’re thinking about adoption or a surrogate, there are ways to minimize financial strain as you get …

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Money lessons from Mom

Moms often have the best advice. Here are some top tips from Moms—from saving money to budgeting.

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