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Ways to save money, take advantage of discounts, live a frugal lifestyle and be budget friendly. Using online tools and apps to make the most of your checking and savings. Budgeting tools to save money on groceries, utilities and day-to-day living expenses.

7 Financial Goals You *Should* Be Setting for the New Year

7 Financial Goals You Should Be Setting for the New Year The New Year is finally here! With all that has come about unexpectedly this past year, making sure your finances are in check is more important than ever. If you haven’t thought about creating some resolutions for 2021, here are some financially-focused goals you should be setting for this year. 1. Track Your Expenses Regularly First things first: Schedule time to take a look back at previous years to get a good idea of how much (generally) you’re spending per month. This will allow you to set a budget …

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9 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Without Buying Gifts

Shopping for the Holidays It’s the holiday season. Are you done shopping for gifts? Have you even STARTED shopping yet?? Orrrr……. Will you be shopping for gifts at all?? *Dun dun dunnnnn …….* (dramatic sound effect) Would I be a total Scrooge if I suggested you not buy any gifts at all this year? Lately I’ve been contemplating the things I LOVE about Christmas, aaand the things I hate don’t like quite as much about Christmas. Things to love:   Memories from when I was a kid The season’s first snowflakes making landfall My two dogs playing in the snow Christmas …

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13 Lessons Classic Horror Movies Teach Us About Personal Finance

13 Finance Lessons Learned from Horror Movies I grew up watching horror movies. Which is a bit comical, since I’m pretty much a big chicken. No joke. If someone jumps out at me from around the corner yelling “Boo!”, I’m gone. You’ll find me two miles down the road, without a thought of returning until the whole house has been purged of evil spirits. I don’t know why I consented to watch all of these films. Maybe it was a sign of the times. Because it seems like the 80’s was the decade of scary movies. Or that could just …

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Life is Better at the Beach

Life is Short, Buy the Beach House

By the Sea, Sure I’m sitting here on the beach, writing a blog post. Well, technically not on the beach — But we’re pretty darn close. I can hear the waves crashing right outside the window where I’m sitting. And I can see the surf breaking, all white-capped and angry, in a hypnotic swirl of repetition. It’s my family’s annual beach vacation. And right now, it’s raining in the Outer Banks. But from my current perspective, that is totally okay. Because I’m away from work, surrounded by almost all who matter most to me, and am able to relax for …

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