Saving Money

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. White House Website Teaches Kids About Money

    White House exteriorTeaching children about healthy financial practices can be a challenge. Although there are good ways to give children an incentive to save money, it can be much harder to explain the value of saving.

    Among the resources available to help parents with this task is “Money As You Grow,” a website created by the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability and launched by the White House in May 2012.

    The “Money As You Grow” website helps parents to teach financial literacy to their children. Written in easy-to-understand language, it seeks to remove some of the complications and unease that often surround money issues. The website has segments for five separate children’s age ranges: 3-5 years, 6-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-18 years and 18-plus years.

    Here are some of the money tips for kids and lessons that the “Money As You Grow” website offers:

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  2. Back-to-School Items You Shouldn’t Need to Buy New

    School supplies in backpackAs your son or daughter prepares for a new school year, you review the list of items needed. List in hand, you and your child head to the store to buy the back-to-school supplies, aware that the cost can add up quickly.

    To avoid excessive expense, it’s important to decide which items to buy and which can be reused. Here are some back-to-school supplies that you shouldn’t need to buy each year:

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  3. Homestay vs. Staying in a Hotel: A Less Expensive Way to Travel?

    Family eating breakfast in hotelWhen looking for a place to stay for you and your family while on vacation or overnight trips, you may want to consider homestay services, which provide an alternative to hotels, motels, inns and guest houses.

    Staying in a homestay will often be a less expensive way to travel than staying in a hotel, but that probably isn’t the only thing you should factor in when choosing an accommodation. Here are some pros and cons to consider when deciding between a homestay or hotel:

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  4. Ten Summer Destinations that are Family and Budget Friendly

    Family at the beachTraveling with children or teenagers isn’t always easy. Finding a destination that everyone in your family can enjoy and that’s affordable can be even more of a challenge. To help you target this year’s vacation spot, we’ve compiled a list of family-friendly destinations that are also budget-friendly and fun for the whole group:

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  5. Saving Money: 30 Days of Tips for New Parents

    cartoon calendar and moneyWhen your son or daughter was born, it was undoubtedly one of the most memorable and exciting experiences of your life. As parents can attest, nothing compares to holding your newborn for the first time – a feeling that one can only fully relate to by experiencing it firsthand.

    Similarly, becoming a new parent can be a stressful time as well. You’re learning to care for your child and to budget for all of the additional expenses that you previously did not have.

    Fortunately, there are a number of ways to help young mothers and fathers adjust for the additional costs. Read on for our 30 favorite money-saving tips for new parents:

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