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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 save money.

  1. DIY Haunted House Décor (without a Frightful Price)

    Jack-o‘-lanternIf you went trick-or-treating as a child or do so today, you’ll likely remember the exterior decorations of a house that stands out above the rest. Hauntingly memorable Halloween décor puts it on the trick-or-treat map of all of the neighborhood kids, who, each year, can’t wait to see how the house will be decorated this year. In some towns, a benevolent resident with deep pockets may even go a giant step further, putting on a spectacular Halloween sound-and-light show at a frightful cost, attracting visitors from miles around.

    If you’re thinking of turning your own house’s exterior into one that out-spooks the rest, but at a ghost-friendly cost, try these three fun and easy do-it-yourself haunted house recipes that mainly call for typical household ingredients:

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  2. 4 Ways for Stay-at-Home Parents to Make Money Without Leaving Home

    Father working from home with sleeping infantStay-at-home parenthood can be rewarding: You get to spend every day with your children without struggling to achieve an elusive home-life balance, and chances are that you’ll be front-row and center for every school function, dance recital and T-ball practice.

    Although the life of a stay-at-home parent can certainly be gratifying, it also can lack the monetary reward of a traditional 9-to-5 job on which many families rely.

    If you’re a stay-at-home parent, consider these four ways to earn money and contribute to household income without ever stepping outside of your front door:

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  3. Equipping Your Teenager with the Needed Financial Tools for Adulthood

    Mom paying bills with teenage sonTeaching teenagers how to manage their finances when they become adults is one of the most important lessons that a parent can impart.

    Here are four basic lessons on money-management for teens that parents should plan to teach their teenagers early on:

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  4. Retirement Savings Guidelines: How Much Should You Save and by When?

    Elderly couple working on financesRetirement can mean different things to different people, but one aspect remains constant: having some kind of retirement savings in order to pay your living expenses if you will no longer receive a paycheck or other income.

    Determining how much to save for retirement can be tricky and will vary from person to person. You can use the following steps as a guide to figure out how much to save at each stage of your life.

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  5. Some Typical Retirement-Planning Mistakes to Avoid

    Senior couple at beachPerhaps you’re looking forward to retirement, with thoughts of being able to spend more time with family, catch up on reading, start a new hobby, pursue another line of work, and go back to school to get an advanced college degree, or travel to islands somewhere in the sun.

    To help ensure that your retirement goes according to plan, it’s important to prepare properly, which is not always an easy task. In addition to financial considerations, a number of stumbling blocks can hinder your chance to attain a satisfying retirement.

    Here are some typical retirement-planning mistakes to try to avoid:

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