Tips for Saving Money on a Summer Road Trip

One of the best parts of summer is going up north to the lake or down to visit a relative you don’t often see. Whatever your reason for taking a road trip, follow these tips to remember the trip for the memories made and not the money spent. 1. Schedule a Tune-up An easy way …

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The Bite Tonight: Favorite Detroit Spots, Weekly Specials, and the Best Time to Go

Michigan First Credit Union partnered with Jewell Dziendziel from The Bite Tonight to offer helpful tips to enjoy Detroit’s latest dining hotspots without over spending. Here’s a look at Jewell’s favorite places and take on how to make your dollar stretch while your there! Selden Standard, Midtown Detroit Like most places in Detroit, the menu …

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Seven Affordable Date Ideas to Help You Prioritize Date Night

Photo by Amy Paulson Photography Written by Peg Theobald “A successful marriage is not something that just magically happened. It’s something that was built upon years of love, patience, loyalty, kindness, passion and understanding.” – Unknown After having our second child, my husband and I were struggling in our relationship. Of course, the lack of …

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How to Save Money on School Supplies

It’s officially back to school season. Parents, can your budget pass the test of buying this year’s school supplies? Don’t worry – we have a study guide that will help you save. See What You Already Have: Odds are most of the school supplies on your list can be found in your home. Before you …

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Budgeting for Special Events

An old friend invites you get drinks Tuesday after work, your niece has a birthday on Saturday, then your neighbor has a housewarming party on Sunday. You look at your credit card and suddenly all of these unexpected special events really added up. Many people focus on cutting grocery bills, debt, and daily coffee when …

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Couponing – Get More for Your Money

Eating is one of life’s greatest pleasures. Unfortunately, grocery shopping can take a huge chunk out of your budget. But it doesn’t have to. Take the show Extreme Couponing, it’s amazing the amount of goods that can be purchased for next to nothing. Even though shopping hauls like that aren’t exactly feasible for the average …

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Cut your Impulse Spending With These Four Simple Tricks

What is impulse buying? For me it’s when you run into Target for salsa and walk out with a new notepad, book, or clothing that I just had to have. For you, maybe it’s that random Amazon Daily Deal that you totally needed. Whatever your impulse spending culprit may be, here are a few tricks …

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Fast Food Frenzy: Best Chicken Nuggets for Your Buck

Going out to eat is all fun and games until you realize how much it’s killing your budget. From the $1 McDonald’s soft drink to the lavish four-course Taco Bell meal, every dollar counts when you’re on a budget. That’s why Rachel and I set out to find the best deal on chicken nuggets. The …

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A Wedding Guest’s Guide to Not Going Broke

Spring is the official start of wedding season. Buying a gift, finding an outfit, and traveling to the wedding can start to add up quickly. The Michigan average cash gift is $104 and the national average is $160, according to wedding-registry website Tendr, based on data from the 2016 wedding season. We’ve got some tricks …

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Money Lessons My Mother Taught Me

Growing up in my house meant many things, but it never meant being afraid of your finances. There are six money lessons that my mother taught me which have stuck with me all of my life and have allowed me to be in control of my money. Never Buy Anything Full Priced (If You Can) …

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