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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Start Paying Off Outstanding Credit Card Balances

It’s time to start making changes to live a healthier lifestyle. While many focus on diet and exercise, it’s important to also consider decisions that pertain to the health of your personal finances. Reducing outstanding credit card balances is a starting point for getting your finances in tip-top shape. What is an outstanding balance? It …

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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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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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The Five Smartest Ways to Use Your Tax Refund

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

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

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

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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6 Ways to Save Money On Your Honeymoon

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

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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