Dual Purpose: 3 Fun Hobbies that Can Also Help You Save Money

When many people think about ways to spend their leisure time, they often think about expensive activities. For example, you may think about watching movies at the theater, golfing, boating or other activities. While some hobbies and past-times can cost you a small fortune, others may actually help you to save money in various ways. If you are looking for a smart leisure activity that is fun and cost-effective, consider exploring some of these wonderful options.

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Using the ACT to Get College Scholarship Money

When your child’s applying to college, it’s an exciting time—but for 99% of us, it’s also a scary time. With the price of higher education creeping ever upwards, the prospect of shelling out $100,000+ (or even triple that) for a B.A. or B.S. can be pretty scary. Financial aid is a good option for many families, even if you aren’t sure that you qualify, but scholarships are a great way to close gaps and ensure that your son or daughter isn’t saddled with more student loan debt than necessary.

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How to Manage Your Funds for the Important Things in Life

Life is all about expenses that you just can’t anticipate. That doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t be proactive about fund management and saving, however. If you’re prudent and careful, you’ll always be able to pay for the things that matter the most in this world. Money shockers are never welcome for anyone, after all.

Put a Budget Together

Careless spending and proper fund management are two things that never, ever go well together. If you want to manage your funds effectively, the first thing you need to do is put together a budget. Figure out how much you want to set aside for all kinds of expenses. Ask yourself how much you need to set aside for groceries, fun, transportation, utility bills, rent and more each month. People who lack budgets often don’t think twice about how they use their money at the end of the day. A budget can keep you responsible and in check.

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5 Easy Ways to Save Money on Household Expenses

Saving money is at the top of many people’s minds, especially during tough economic times such as these. You should also try to increase your income if you can. But in this economy most families will have to pull back on their spending to make ends meet. Below are five simple ways that you can cut your monthly expenses without having to downgrade your lifestyle one bit.

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The First 3 Money Lessons To Teach Your Kids

Do your children know the value of money? According to a study, most American teenagers have much to learn about managing their finances. Moreover, the research indicates that a quarter of teens surveyed do not know the difference between debit and credit. Learning about money and proper management should start at home, and parents should take the time to teach their little ones the basics of personal finances. Having good financial sense can benefit kids as they grow and helps them to be more responsible and successful individuals in the future. Here are the first money lessons to teach your kids today.
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Simple, Effective Ways That Families Can Save Money Every Day

Our homes have the potential to leak money from all directions. Bills, groceries, luxuries, overspending and bad planning, can all result in our wallets feeling less than healthy. And as a normal family, chances are you don’t have lots of money to throw around, and so every penny really does count. But what can you do to slash spending and save money without feeling deprived? Here are a few ideas.
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Cut Your Bills: 4 Easy Ways To Save Money At Home

Guest post contributed by Kara Masterson

Those who are trying to save a little extra money every month don’t always need to make huge sacrifices. In many cases, you can save an incredible amount of money over the years with a few changes to your daily habits and some simple upgrades. Here is a closer look at four easy ways all families can cut back on their energy bills without turning their lives upside down.
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