Best Ways for Creating & Sticking to a Holiday Budget

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According to a Gallup poll, Americans plan to spend an average of $752 on gifts this holiday season. Whether that number reflects the amount you’re going to spend or not, it’s important to stay conscious about how much you spend during a season that’s easy to get swept up in. That doesn’t mean you should …

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5 Ways to Give Back During the Holidays Without Spending Any Money

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The holiday season is in full swing, and many Michiganders have begun the process of making shopping lists and checking off names. But if commerce is the largest cog in the holiday machine, then philanthropy makes up its core. If you want to help those less fortunate, but don’t have extra money to offer, there …

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Tips for Conquering Black Friday

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Black Friday shopping can be a bit intimidating for some people and rightfully so. Long lines, crowded stores and early morning shopping hours aren’t for everyone! However, if you’re planning to tackle one of the busiest shopping days of the year, here are some tips to help you have an enjoyable and productive shopping trip: …

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6 Ways to Save Money On Your Honeymoon

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Are you elbow-deep in wedding planning? Many brides-to-be count this as one of the most exciting times of their lives. If you don’t have the money to hire yourelf a J.Lo, though, it may be overwhelming and stressful. But remember — after the wedding comes the fun part, the honeymoon! Paying for honeymoon can be a challenge, but here are …

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5 Tips for Hitting the Thrift Shop

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A little throwback for you: “I wear your granddad’s clothes / I look incredible …” You know that song, love it or hate it. “Thrift Shop” by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis actually hits on some key factors that go into thrift shopping, namely that you can score some truly unique finds on a budget. Looking …

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Winter is Coming: Get the Most From Insurance Claims

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Winter is coming. (Any Game of Thrones fans out there?) In Michigan, we can get some pretty crazy weather during the colder months, which often leads to some sort of damage to the home. Leaks, floods, ice damage, roof problems from snow accumulation, freeze-thaw damage, etc. can wreak havoc on your home. If the damage is …

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It’s Never Too Early to Save For College

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by Abby Meirndorf, Marketing Parents want the best for their children. Most want their kids to have more opportunities and less financial stress than they had to struggle through. Going to college is one pathway to a better life, but college is not cheap, and costs are continuing to rise. One way to reduce the …

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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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