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Tips for Using Small Remaining Balances on Gift Cards

After the holiday season and your birthday, you might find your wallet stuffed with gift cards from friends and family who didn’t quite know what to buy for you. Even after shopping to your heart’s content, you’re bound to end up with one or more cards that have small leftover balances on them. Perhaps you …

Foods to buy in bulk

The 10 Best Foods to Buy in Bulk

  Buying food in bulk is a great way to save money. You’ll minimize some of the manufacturing costs associated with smaller packages and usually see a much lower price per ounce or pound. However, there are a couple of guidelines to follow before purchasing any food in bulk. Always consider: The actual price per …

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8 Security Mistakes You’re Making on Your Smartphone

Smartphones are becoming more like mini-computers every day, yet people tend to forget that these devices, like most computers, are susceptible to viruses, malware, and security threats. Are your smartphone habits compromising your personal security and livelihood? Here are 8 security mistakes you could be making on your smartphone, along with ways to combat these …

Social Media Fun

6 Crazy Ways to Save Money Using Social Media

If you’re on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Snapchat, chances are you’ve allowed yourself to get lost in the stimulating world of social media. You might have planned to log in for just a few minutes to check on your friends’ status updates, only to find that you’re still browsing photos and timelines hours later. What …

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10 Ways to Save Money Cooking at Home

Eating at restaurants and grabbing snacks to consume on the go can be fun and convenient, especially when you’re hanging out with friends, or lack the time to prepare a wholesome meal at home. Unfortunately, dining out on a regular basis can become quite costly and have adverse effects on your health — not to …

Sinking Fund Tips

What Is a Sinking Fund, and Why Do You Need One?

When you’re budgeting, how do you handle all of those recurring expenses that happen annually or every couple of years? Things like: Car tags Warehouse store memberships Amazon Prime membership Annual subscriptions Car tires If you don’t have a plan to cover these expenses, they’ll come as a surprise hit to your budget each time …

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4 Free Apps to Increase Your Productivity

Are you struggling to balance work, family, and everything else in your life? Does your to-do list keep growing instead of shrinking? Do you wish you had more time to get everything done? If you answered yes to any of those questions, you might need some help in the productivity department. Increasing your productivity will …

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Here’s Why You Need a Wearable

Although wearable technology devices, or wearables, are relatively new to the tech scene, they have taken it by storm in a short period of time. Wearables gained a new level of cool in 2015 and became mainstream. The general public continues to adopt wearable technology at an amazing rate, in part because of the benefits, …

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7 Fun Things to Do on Your Smartphone at the DMV

Going to the DMV usually ranks at the top of everyone’s list of the most boring, frustrating things to do — especially if the DMV offices in your city are often too packed and busy for comfort. Fortunately, thanks to modern technology, your smartphone is the source of all the entertainment you need to waste …

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