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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. America’s Cheapest Family: The Econimides

    November 13, 2012

    Thrifty Family At Grocery Store Check-outSteve and Annette Economides and their seven children have been – self-proclaimed – “America’s Cheapest Family” since 1982. They garnered a great deal of media attention in the free-spending 1980’s for their eccentricities: grocery shopping once per month, buying nothing on credit but their homes, paying one home off entirely in nine years and generally eschewing consumerism as a lifestyle. In the midst of the recent economic recession, their budgeting and financial skills no longer seemed eccentric, but essential. In 2010, they published Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family. An MSNBC program on the book shows video footage of their savings in action and provides budgeting tips demonstrating how the Economides feed their family for about $350 per month.

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  2. Thanksgiving Volunteering

    October 30, 2012

    Family Volunteering at Thanksgiving TimeCelebrate the Season of Giving by Sharing One of Your Most Precious Assets

    How do you share your wealth, even when you’re feeling broke? Although money has its inherent worth, it is not the only thing of value that we can give to help people in need. Time is precious to all of us, and so sharing some of your time can be a powerful and rewarding way to celebrate the Thanksgiving season.

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  3. Our Treat to You: Money-Saving Halloween Tips for Parents

    October 4, 2012

    Cost-Effective Costumes & CandyAre you ready to be scared? You, your friends and millions of other American consumers spent … eek! … a combined $6.9 billion1 on Halloween in 2011! That number is expected to rise even higher this year.

    Just think of all that you could buy with that amount of money:

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  4. Tips for Saving Money on Gas

    September 20, 2012

    Father Pumping Gas at Gas StationIt’s Possible

    Unfortunately for your family transportation budget, you can’t gradually wean your cars off of fuel or stretch your tanks of gas by watering the fuel down, much the same as a summer camp might stretch their powdered milk supply. Saving money on gas costs is possible, however, by some common sense measures and an initial investment toward the ultimate goal of decreasing fuel use.

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  5. Grocery Shopping Tips for Saving Money at Check Out

    August 17, 2012

    Couple Using Coupons at Grocery StoreAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s January 2012 Cost of Food Survey, an average family of four living on a moderate spending budget accumulates a monthly grocery shopping bill of approximately $861 – $1,024. Those numbers are only expected to rise as inflation and fuel prices continue to escalate – leaving many families to wonder how they will afford such high register check-out prices. Fortunately, there are some grocery shopping tips you can use to trim back your grocery bill each month without sacrificing too many of the foods you enjoy most.

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