5 Mistakes To Avoid When Buying A Car

Posted by reagan.nickl on May 5, 2015 11:22:15 AM

Apart from Mother’s Day, the month of May also marks many college graduations. It is a time that college graduates trade in their dorm rooms for apartments or mortgages, and ditch their skateboards and vespas to upgrade to a real ride. But for many, buying their first car can be daunting and if you’re unfamiliar with how the process works, you may end up paying the price - literally.

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Topics: Family Finances, Applied Principles

7 Ways To Skip the Gym and Still Lose Weight

Posted by reagan.nickl on Apr 29, 2015 9:43:38 AM

When you’re piecing together your budget and deciding which categories are draining your cash pool, take a closer look at your expensive gym membership. Gym memberships can range from $10-$100 (for specialty gyms like Crossfit) per month! If you’re serious about staying in shape but don’t want to deal with contracts, automatic payment withdrawals, or annual fees, check out what the Mvelopes Fitness experts have put together.

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Topics: Envelope Budgeting, Family Finances, Applied Principles

How to Create a DIY Vegetable Garden

Posted by reagan.nickl on Apr 27, 2015 5:34:04 AM

As the childhood obesity rates rise, many families find themselves stuck in the excuse that healthy eating is expensive. Many families skip the produce aisles of the supermarket because they feel they simply cannot afford fresh fruits and vegetables. Although money doesn't grow on trees, fresh produce does! Mvelopes’ gardening expert, Elizabeth Armstrong, suggests a DIY garden to help beat those produce prices. Here's how:

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Topics: Finances for Couples, Family Finances, Applied Principles

10 Free (or Cheap) Date-Night Ideas

Posted by reagan.nickl on Apr 20, 2015 8:31:37 AM

Written by guest blogger, Sarah Nichols

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Topics: Finances for Couples, Family Finances

Creative Ways to Teach Children About Money Management

Posted by reagan.nickl on Apr 10, 2015 3:32:28 AM

If you’re a parent, you can probably remember the day your child was born. Remember your baby swaddled and passed around to grandparents and family members as they each gushed over what a miracle your baby is? Perhaps some even said, “Oh, he has your nose,” or “She is going to look beautiful like her Mom!” The truth is, your children will take a lot from you, and not just your good looks. But if you’re anything like 60% of Americans without an emergency savings fund, you may not want your financial wisdom to be one of those things they take after you!

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Topics: Finances for Couples, Family Finances, Tips and Tricks, Applied Principles

A First-Time Home-Buyer's Survival Guide

Posted by reagan.nickl on Apr 7, 2015 8:35:28 AM

Written by guest contributor, Valerie Cascione
There is no shortage of bad home-buying experiences out there, but buying your first home should be a time of excitement and represent a time of renewal - not a living nightmare. For first-time home-buyers, there is already a lot to think about, so as you look for your dream home, keep in mind these tips for keeping the process the way it was supposed to be - and not a nightmare.

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Topics: Finances for Couples, Family Finances, Life in General

Are you Using These 3 Ways to Boost Your Easter "Nest Egg?"

Posted by reagan.nickl on Apr 3, 2015 3:00:10 AM

Written by guest contributor, Megan Pacheco
Saving for the future is hard. That’s why so few of us actually do it. The future, after all, seems so distant and we tend to think there will always be more time.

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Topics: Finances for Couples, Family Finances

7 Items You Should Never Buy At The Dollar Store

Posted by reagan.nickl on Mar 31, 2015 7:29:48 AM

Dollar-store shopping can be a great way to cut costs on your weekly and day-to-day budget, but for certain items, you may be better off shopping somewhere else. Check our list of items that are sure to cut your spending, and the other items that may cost you more than you think.

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Topics: Family Finances, Applied Principles

How to File Your Taxes for Free

Posted by reagan.nickl on Mar 24, 2015 4:49:13 AM

Its that time of year again, and you’re either enjoying a sneak peek of Spring weather or you’re like 25% of other Americans who still haven’t filed their taxes. Filing your taxes can be confusing and frustrating, but it’s also necessary to stay on the path of financial freedom.

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Topics: Reaching Financial Goals, Family Finances, Life in General, Tips and Tricks

Satellite Services That Aren't Worth The Money - Even If You Had The Money

Posted by reagan.nickl on Mar 19, 2015 3:15:47 AM

A popular TV commercial for satellite TV depicts Hollywood all-star, Rob Lowe, saying something like, “Hi, I am Rob Lowe and I have satellite.” Then enters a drab and poorer version of Rob Lowe saying, “And I am poor-decision-making Rob Lowe and I have cable.”

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Topics: Finances for Couples, Family Finances, Tips and Tricks