Sales tax holidays this weekend! What to buy?

All shoppers and savers: Watch out for your state’s sales tax holiday this weekend! This year, many states have their sales tax holidays in August, particularly this Friday-Sunday: Alabama – August 3-5 Arkansas – August 4-5 Connecticut – August 19-25 Florida – August 3-5 Georgia – August 10-11 Iowa – August 3-4 Louisiana – August 3-4 Maryland – August 12-18 Missouri – August 3-5 New … Continue reading Sales tax holidays this weekend! What to buy?

Saving for college is not just for parents

Amid budget cuts in colleges across the country and the alarming amount of aggregated student debt over the past few years, college costs have become a heavier burden for every family with children. But while many talk of saving for college as part of being a parent, shouldn’t it also be a college-bound child’s responsibility? To our parent readers: We recommend discussing the college options … Continue reading Saving for college is not just for parents

Lessons from the Olympians

The Summer Olympics 2012 is now exactly 10 days away! With that, we turned to Team USA for insights on money management. As it turns out, the athletes’ pursuit of Olympics gold follows the same principles that you, too, can use to reach your financial goals! Have an end goal and a plan While the Olympians share a common goal to represent Team USA, we … Continue reading Lessons from the Olympians

Bonus post: FREEBIES this week!

As you know, we typically post savings tips and budgeting ideas every Tuesday. This week, however, we learned of some timely giveaways – including offers from 7-Eleven, Chick-fil-A, Dippin’ Dots and Starbucks.  Check out the details in this article from USAToday. We do want to remind you to be careful. As the story says, “deals” often drive patrons to purchase more and different items. Watch … Continue reading Bonus post: FREEBIES this week!

Reuse your July 4 decorations!

Had plenty of red, white and blue props from your July 4 party last week? Lucky you can use them twice this year! The Summer Olympics 2012 is right around the corner on July 27. Have a watch party to cheer on Team USA with family and friends, while not wasting more money or the decorations you already bought! (And then of course you can … Continue reading Reuse your July 4 decorations!

Red, white and blue dishes for cheap

While BBQs have always been a classic for July 4, you can still incorporate red, white and blue vegetable and fruit side dishes to celebrate the flag’s holiday and keep the summer cook-out cool. Even better, with the right ingredients, you can celebrate on the cheap! For our readers, we’ve aggregated by color some vegetables and fruits that are in season and so are sold … Continue reading Red, white and blue dishes for cheap