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Back-To-School Savings

school suppliesQ: Is there any way to get through the back-to-school season without spending a small fortune?

A: Back-to-school time is the second largest shopping season of the year. If all that spending makes your head pound, take heart. We’ll help you navigate it with your budget and sanity intact. Read on for 12 back-to-school saving tips.

Newlyweds: Don’t Let Financial Stress Take the Cake

couple chatting over coffeeOf all the things to discuss before marriage, finances are the least exciting. Statistically, money is the top reason couples argue and financial arguments are among the top predictors of divorce.

So, how can you avoid becoming a statistic? Here are some ideas from the experts:

Stay Safe from These AirBNB Scams

Wooden House and PondGoing on vacation should mean more than waking up in a different bed. It should also mean getting to see and know a place more like a local does. That’s part of the appeal behind room-sharing sites like the incredibly popular AirBNB. AirBNB lets anyone with a spare room become a host. As a guest, you can stay with a local and get a real sense of what a location is all about. Also, you can save quite a bit of money!

When Adult Children Move Back Home

Man Moving into HouseQ: My wife wants to charge our son rent now that he’s finished school and moving back home. I’m not comfortable with that and want him to feel that he’s always welcome no matter how old he is. What do we do?

Kick Off a Safe and Healthy Summer

Legs kicking in a swimming poolSummer means outdoor time, swimming, picnics and travel. Here are tips to keep your family healthy, happy and far from the ER.

Financial Tips for Single Parents

Mother and Child on the floor looking at receiptsSingle parenting brings unique budgeting challenges.

The U.S. Department of Agriculture reports that it costs an estimated $241,080 for a middle-income couple to raise a child to age 18 – and many single parents shoulder that responsibility alone. Even with adequate child support, it’s smart to be proactive about financial matters as a single mom or dad.

Changes in the VantageScore System

Checking Credit Score on Smart PhoneQ: I’ve heard VantageScore is getting an overhaul. What kind of changes are being made and how will this affect how my score is calculated?

A: The VantageScore, which dictates the way credit bureaus — Experian, TransUnion, and Equifax — determine your credit score, is getting a shake-up this fall. It’s wise be learn all you can about these changes so you can make the necessary adjustments to your credit behavior.

Remodeling? How to Find a Good Contractor

iPad with new kitchen on top of architectural drawingsIf you’re hiring a contractor for a home improvement project this summer, these 10 tips can help ensure that your contractor measures up.

Your Personal RV Buying Guide

RV driving down a roadQ: It’s vacation time again. This year, we’re thinking about doing something different and buying an RV, but RV lots seem so intimidating! What do we need to know to take some of the stress off?

Fidget Spinners: Harmless Fad or Mega Distraction?

Child Using Fidget SpinnerUnless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve seen them practically everywhere. The small plastic gadgets don’t do much, but they’ve completely overtaken the toy industry.

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