finances

7 Smart Things to Teach Kids About Money

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Growing up in my family, the first rule of money was this:  We don’t talk about money.  All I ever knew is that we had more than enough.  While my parents did encourage me to work both around the house and at part-time jobs, there wasn’t a whole lot of guidance when it came to [...]

Is Your Bank Taking Advantage of You?

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This is a guest post from Kalyn Brooke of Creative Savings Believe it or not, your bank does not always have your best interests at heart. They are in business to make money, and to make money off your money. From interest rates to extravagant fees, not only are you beholden to the services they [...]

10 Smart Ways to Build an Emergency Fund

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There is nothing that can derail your financial progress faster than an emergency.  You think you’re doing okay, making headway towards your goals, and boom!  The refrigerator stops working, your car breaks down, or your child falls off her bike and needs four stiches in her chin and suddenly you are right back in crisis [...]

How to Afford Private School on a Budget

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Several months ago I shared the news that my husband and I had decided to send our girls back to school rather than homeschool.  It was an incredibly difficult decision to make, for so many reasons, but ultimately we decided that--at least for this year--a small private school just a few blocks from our home [...]

How to Talk To Your Spouse About Money

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Few subjects can start a fight faster than talking about money. It doesn’t seem to matter how carefully the topic is raised: The second the money card is played, everyone seems to be on edge. Accusations of carelessness and being too controlling creep into the argument, and, suddenly, what started out so innocently can explode [...]

An Honest Look at Frugality

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This is a guest post by Kristen @  Joyfully Thriving Hello. My name is Kristen and I am a coupon-clipping, sale-watching, frugal-living kind of gal. My father is a pastor and my mother stayed at home with four children, so I came into this frugal lifestyle by necessity. I didn't know any different in my [...]

Why I Don’t Always Use Coupons

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I love saving money with coupons.  I don’t always love using coupons.  Because, let’s face it, clipping coupons—enough to really save a LOT on groceries—is a lot of work. Yes, the payoff is often impressive—I mean, who wouldn’t want to bring home $127 worth of groceries for less than $0.25—but the truth is that using [...]

In Search of Financial Peace: 5 Things I’ve Learned So Far

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When I started this blog, it was not because I was some slick money guru or finance major who wanted to pass on my certified wisdom to the world.  Far from it, actually.  I started this blog because my spending was out of control.  I was unhappy and bored, and my husband and I were [...]

My Savings Story

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Today's post is a little different.  Right now I am in New York City attending Save Up '11 with my fellow Savings.com DealPros.  Today, at the request of Savings.com, all 41 of us are posting our personal Savings Stories on our respective blogs.  This is mine. Some people are born to shop while others are [...]