Budgeting for Special Events

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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Get in the Fast Lane with a Pre-Approved Auto Loan

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There are few things more frustrating than finding the car of your dreams and waiting days or even weeks for your loan to be approved. A pre-approved auto loan can help ease the stress of purchasing a new ride. Starting the car buying process the smart way, by applying for a pre-approved auto loan, will …

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The Five Smartest Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

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Tax season is officially upon us. A tax refund may feel like free money and it can be tempting to spend it on a vacation or big ticket item. Instead of splurging your tax refund this year, here are five ways to make your refund count. Pay Off Some Debt – One of the smartest …

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Building a Work Wardrobe on a Budget

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You finally land a great job or internship and realize you have nothing to wear. Upgrading your college sweats and leggings to an office appropriate attire isn’t easy or cheap. Don’t Buy it all at Once – One of the biggest mistakes you can make when building your new wardrobe is to buy it all …

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Money Saving Tips for Furnishing Your New Home

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Congrats, you just got a new house or apartment. It’s an exciting time but if you’re like me, you’ve spent most of your money on that security deposit or down payment. Now, you have to find a way to furnish your new pad without breaking the bank. As a recent college graduate, I’ve been there …

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4 Ways to Have a Budget-Friendly Vacation

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When the Michigan weather gets cold and gloomy, it’s easy to dream of sun-filled vacations. The problem with vacations is they aren’t always budget-friendly. If your finances still haven’t recovered from the holidays but you need a vacation, here are a few tips to help cut down on pesky vacation costs. Pack snacks and lunches. …

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