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How Pet Insurance Can Help You Save

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by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing To some people, pets are part of the family. When they get sick or hurt, it’s particularly scary because they can’t tell you what’s wrong. However, receiving those medical bills may be even more scary! Visits to the vet or emergency room with your pet are not cheap. My puppy recently …

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5 Ways to Save Money on School Supplies

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School supply shopping can have many parents groaning, panicking, or a combination of both. Anyone who works in education can relate, as well. Though the necessities cost money, there are a few ways to save money on school supplies that could help ease some of the financial strain. Round up what you already have. You …

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4 Post-College Money Struggles

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by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing College. It’s the best four years of your life. Everyone warns you, “Enjoy it while it lasts because it flies by.” I should have taken them seriously. College allowed me to be on my own for four years, and the last thing I wanted to do was move back in with …

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How to Say No (And Why You Need To)

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We’re all busy and tired, no matter what we do on a day-to-day basis. A lot of time commitments arise because people tend to overcommit. Some enjoy being constantly busy, but there’s a fine line to walk here. You can have a fulfilling, exciting life, or you can be drowning in stress. Crossing over the …

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4 Ways to Save Money on Your Cookout

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Summer is in full swing, and that means it’s time for the Great American Cookout. (I’ve always called it a “barbecue,” but I hear that’s a Michigan thing.) For those that eat out often, the simple act of cooking food at home will be a money-saver. But even if you’re a veteran hamburger chef, we’ve got …

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What to Know About Recreational Vehicle Insurance

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by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing Motorcycle insurance, ATV insurance, RV insurance? Yes, if you are looking to purchase a motorcycle, ATV or RV, you must have insurance. It’s mandatory across most of the United States. Usually, the minimum coverage required is liability coverage for any of these vehicles. Of course, there are always more options! Motorcycle: …

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4 Ways to Rock That Elevator Pitch

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Did you ever used to watch The Dating Game? Yes, it’s old-school and cheesy, but endlessly entertaining. The contestants on The Dating Game used to have to sum themselves up in a few very brief sentences — the relationship version of an elevator pitch. You know what an elevator pitch is: the 30-second summation of what you’re all about in the …

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5 Ways to Save Money During a Heat Wave

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Is it really summer in Michigan if we don’t get at least one really strong heat wave? Weather predictions have the next few days down as being incredibly hot and humid, to the point of danger if you’re not careful. But if you’ve got your health covered and just want to know how to save …

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7 Tips on How Much to Tip

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Tipping servers in a restaurant can sometimes be confusing. Years ago, 10% tip was standard. Now, there are conflicting reports – 15% for good service, 20% for outstanding service? 20% flat, no matter what? What if your server is really rude? Should you take the restaurant atmosphere into consideration? Do you tip for a carryout order? …

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4 Things to Avoid Buying at the Airport

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by Janelle Witting, Marketing While I wouldn’t necessarily call myself a “seasoned traveler,” I have been to my fair share of destinations. I’ve been to Europe a few times, taught English in China in the summer of 2011, and have hopped on planes to visit friends from NYC, Kentucky, and Minnesota frequently in the past …

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