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How to Pay for Your Child's Extracurricular Activities

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Jun 5, 2019 12:40:00 PM

 

If you're the parent of a child who's involved in extracurricular activities, you know the participation costs can really add up. Classes, lessons, uniforms, equipment, competitions, tournaments...the list goes on. It's easy to join the 46% of parents who spend more than $1,000 annually on one (just one!) extracurricular activity, according to a recent survey by CompareCards.

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Topics: budget, children, Teens

5 Tips to Handle Checkout Charity

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on May 31, 2019 7:41:00 AM

You usually go to the store with one thing in mind — shopping. But lately it seems like more retailers are turning their checkstands into fundraising campaign headquarters, asking you for a donation to a cause in addition to taking your payment for groceries, coffee, or leggings. Would you like to add $2 to your purchase to help homeless cats? Round up to the nearest dollar to fight hunger? Buy some sort of paper icon to show your support for a cure or research? All worthy causes, of course, but it can be overwhelming when every retail transaction seems to involve a solicitation, especially when you're on a tight budget.

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Topics: Charity

6 Ways to Avoid Scams When Selling Online

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on May 2, 2019 8:42:44 AM

Selling items online you no longer need or want through websites and apps is a great way to earn extra cash and clear clutter. Unfortunately, it's also a great way for crooks to victimize or scam you. Knowing that scams exist — and knowing how to spot them — will go a long way toward keeping yourself from becoming another victim. So here are six surefire tips to avoid getting ripped off when you're selling your stuff online:

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Topics: scams

3 Easy Ways to Sell Your Stuff Online

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Apr 3, 2019 6:34:00 AM

First came eBay and Craigslist. Today, those old-school sites are just the tip of the iceberg for selling your stuff online. Now it's all about smartphone apps and social media to sell stuff that no longer, as Marie Kondo would say, “sparks joy.” Possibilities include OfferUp, Poshmark, and Facebook Marketplace, to name a few. But which is best? Well, that totally depends. Each has its pros and cons, and the best choice for you depends on what you are selling and how much time and effort you are willing to devote to the process. So here's a rundown on three well-known buying-and-selling apps.

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Topics: Savings, Tips

5 Ways to Save Money on Contacts and Glasses

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Mar 18, 2019 3:59:40 PM

As one of the 45 million Americans who wears contact lenses, I’ve spent a lot of money on vision correction over the years. Unfortunately, I never really considered I might be overspending. Instead of shopping around for contacts, I simply ordered and re-ordered lenses from my optometrist’s office whenever I needed them without any regard to the price. I just figured it was the easiest and most practical option. And besides, how much would I even save by buying them elsewhere? A few dollars, maybe?

How about $70 per year?

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Topics: Savings, Deals

Estate Planning 101: The Difference Between a Will and a Trust

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Mar 7, 2019 7:25:00 AM

If you have children, assets, or children and assets, estate planning is a must. Avoiding estate planning is risky because it leaves the fate of your finances — and more importantly, the welfare of your minor children — up to others not of your choosing if you pass away (i.e. the courts). Even if your child-rearing days are behind you, it is so much easier on your loved ones if your last wishes are spelled out in a legal document.

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5 Things to Know Before Joining a Multi-Level Marketing Company

Posted by Dawn Weinberger on Feb 26, 2019 12:02:35 PM

Looking for that golden ticket to financial freedom? Multi-level marketing (MLM) companies want you to believe that a) there is such a thing and b) they are it.

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Topics: scams, Work

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