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Family finance tips

At Gerber Life we know the value of a hard-earned dollar. And when you're raising a family, it becomes even more important to stretch that dollar as far as it can go to help you save money. Our family finance tips can help you make smart decisions for spending your money as well as help you make use of opportunities to save it. Whether it's clipping coupons before grocery shopping or throwing a do-it-yourself (DIY) children's birthday party, our family finance tips can help you think outside the box, so that you can put more money into saving.

  1. Five Low Cost Ideas for Halloween Fun

    Family Halloween FunHalloween is creeping up! Yes, the holiday celebrating the scary and the sugary will soon be upon us. You don’t need to break the bank to have fun during Halloween. Our five low cost Halloween ideas are sure to please the whole family!

    To be sure, Halloween is no longer just one day centered on children’s trick-or-treating. It has become a season unto itself. There are many ways that parents and kids can enjoy this highlight of the fall. Plan a spooktacular Halloween with these five ideas for enjoying the spirit of the season without having to spend a lot of money.

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  2. Halloween Costumes: Dressing Up on a Budget Shouldn’t be Scary

    “What do you want to be?”Halloween Costumes on a Budget

    Ask a child that question any day of the week and you’re likely to hear “doctor,” “lawyer,” “teacher” or even “computer geek” but ask that question around Halloween time and you can forget the career track. Expect to hear answers ranging from “angel” to “vampire.”

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  3. Three Simple Guidelines For Teaching Your Kids About Money

    Clear Piggy Bank For Child's SavingsTalking to your kids about money can sometimes be difficult. Particularly if you grew up in a family where money talk was off limits. According to a 2012 study by T.Rowe Price, 77% of parents admit to not being honest when talking about money with their children and 15% admit to not telling the truth on a weekly basis.

    Telling the truth to your children about money matters can help prevent multiple problems and misunderstandings in the future. Here are three simple tips to help make talking about money with your children much easier:

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  4. Money-Saving Tips for the School Year

    Budgeting for the School YearNow that the new school year is underway and the related expenses are chipping away at your budget, it’s time to start managing your school spending if you want your wallet to make it to June.

    Be sure to focus on what your children really need, not their whims and wants, and to time your purchases to coincide with the best deals.

    Here are some money-saving tips for savvy spending throughout the school year:

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  5. Back-to-School Bargains: Tips to help you spend wisely.

    Affordable School SuppliesHow do you avoid spending your last dollar on back-to-school purchases for your kids? Here are some tips to keep the lid on expenses:

    Organize, organize, organize: Most schools provide a list of recommended items for each child’s grade level. Sit down with your child and review the lists. Check to see if there are any items from last year that can be reused. The process of list evaluation is a great way to build children’s organizational skills.

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