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6 Best & Worst Mother’s Day Buys

Seasonality doesn’t just affect the weather; prices across a wide range of products can change on a month-to-month basis as demand fluctuates. Considering millions of consumers will shop for Mother’s Day gifts this week, being aware of these best and worst buys can help you make smarter purchasing decisions that delight Mom and keep your […]

DIY Thursday: Create the perfect meal for your mom this Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day is a day set aside to honor all of the mothers of the world. This year, give the mother in your life a day off and cook her a full meal that includes drinks, appetizers, and a dessert. Here are some recipes that won’t cost you much money or time, but will leave […]

The 25 Worst Jobs in the US for 2014

By Jeffrey Strain What are the worst jobs in the US for 2014? You might be surprised. Chances are if you think of jobs you would hate to do, you can come up with a list fairly quickly that you would think should make the list. The list of the worst jobs in 2014, provided […]

The Good News About College Costs

By Elizabeth Fishel and Jeffrey Arnett (Next Avenue Contributors) “College costs rise again” is a headline we’ve all seen on a regular basis over the past couple of decades. “A residential four-year degree can set you back as much as $60,000 a year,” warns The Economist in a recent issue. These types of declarations are […]

Cashless toll roads and rental cars: 6 tips

By Melody Warnick The advent of electronic-toll highways was designed to make traveling down toll roads easier for harried drivers. Goodbye brake lights, lines of cars and fumbling for coins, hello electronic transponders and license plate-readers. But if you’re in a rental car in an unfamiliar city, driving on an e-toll road with no cash […]

7 signs you need to cash in your rewards – now!

By Tony Mecia Some people collect baseball cards. Others favor classic cars or coins. But one item you should not hoard, experts say, is credit-card reward points. It can be tempting to stockpile reward points and envision a far-flung, luxurious vacation someday, paid for with the trove of airline frequent-flier miles and hotel points you’ve […]

DIY Thursdays: Inexpensive Gift Ideas for the Mother in Your Life

Make this year’s Mother’s Day a memorable one. Instead of going out to buy something that the mother in your life won’t use, show her how much she is appreciated with homemade gifts. Tea Garden in a Box This recipe came from Martha Stewart’s Gardening Editor, Stephen Orr. Materials • Mint, rose geranium, pineapple sage, […]

Et Tu, Netflix? Recent Price Hikes & Savings Tips

And another one bites the dust. Netflix announced its intention to increase the online streaming service by as much as $2 per month for new subscribers. Current subscribers are safe from the increase according to the company, at least for now. The creator of “House of Cards” isn’t the only service to increase prices this […]

YOLO: When is it OK to splurge?

To keep your finances in check, don’t buy what you can’t afford, say the experts. You save up. You build an emergency fund, max out your 401(k) contributions and never resort to carrying a credit card balance. But when is it OK to break the rules and follow that little voice that urges you to […]

The ridiculously simple way to save on everything

By Charles Passy George Costanza has nothing on me. Sure, the hapless “Seinfeld” character (played by Jason Alexander) may have gained a measure of fame — or infamy, depending on how you view it — for his “double dipping .” But I’m a quadruple-down kinda guy myself. Costanza was literally diving his hand into the […]

5 Ways to Save More Money This Spring

By Anisha Sekar Whether you’re saving for that summer vacation or still recovering from big spending over the winter holidays, spring is the perfect time to reassess your finances. You’re already doing your taxes, so you probably have money on your mind anyway. Save some extra cash this spring by heeding the following tips. 1. […]

10 Ways to Save Money on Easter

By Danielle Warchol Like most holidays, preparing for Easter can put a dent into your budget if you aren’t careful. If you have children, you probably know that buying new clothes, gifts, or other Easter accessories adds up very quickly, and can cause unexpected stress to your monthly budget. Here are a few ways to […]

DIY Thursdays: Create Your Own Easter Basket

Creating your Easter basket can not only save you money, but add a personal touch to your child or loved ones’ baskets. Think outside of the box! Who is the basket for? What do they like? What interests do they have? Once you have decided on a theme, make a tip to your local dollar […]

Gas Prices Continue to Climb toward $4 a Gallon: Ways to Save Money

By Jeffrey Strain The price of gasoline continues to rise, reaching an average of $3.61 a gallon this week, up almost 5 cents from last week according to the most recent gas survey from Lundberg Survey Inc. This is the highest that gas has been since July 26, 2013, although the average price is about […]

How Some are getting Paid to Lose Weight

By Jeffrey Strain Would you be willing to put money where your mouth is and bet that you could lose a certain amount of weight over a certain amount of time? If money is a motivating factor to help you accomplish goals you want to achieve, then the social dieting website DietBet may be exactly […]

5 Personal Finance Tips for Single Parents

By Sienna Beard Being a single parent can be particularly scary because your children usually depend solely on you when it comes to finances. If you lose your job, or worse, get very sick and can’t work, there may not be anyone else to fill your shoes or pay your bills. Being prepared for the […]

DIY Thursdays: Add a Bit of Sweetness to your Easter

Everybody loves a sweet, savory dessert. This Easter add some pizazz to your table and create cute and simple Easter-themed desserts. Easter Rice Krispy Treats Ingredients • 1/4 teaspoon of water • 2 – 4 drops of green food coloring • 1/2 cup of flaked coconut • 3 tablespoons of butter or margarine • 1 […]

FTC Warns of Timeshare Resale Scams

By Jeffrey Strain If you own a timeshare and have attempted to sell it, you already know that it’s a far more difficult process than you ever imagined it would be. The main issue is that there are far more of these vacation resort units on the market than there are buyers who want them. […]

How to Navigate A Single Mom’s Mother’s Day

We’re well into the 21st century, and the rise of single-parent families means single moms aren’t alone in the world. Emotional support and camaraderie are out there, along with other perks like carpools and swapped babysitting nights. But friends, sisters and even mothers of single moms are often unsure how to celebrate Mother’s Day. Even […]

DIY Thursdays: Creative Ways to Decorate Your Eggs this Easter

Jessica Williams Easter is a few weeks away and most people are starting to purchase Easter baskets, plan out their Easter meals, and purchase fancy outfits. But most people wait until the last minute to buy the generic off-the-counter Easter egg coloring kit. This year instead of doing the same old color change with those […]