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  1. How to Afford Holiday Gifts on a Budget

    Man holding giftsFrequently, overspending and the holidays seem to go hand-in-hand. It can be easy to get caught up in the holiday spirit and lose track of how much you are spending. For people who are on a tight budget, the holiday season can cause a lot of stress when trying to stretch a dollar and give a gift to everyone on “the list.”

    Being frugal during the holidays, however, does not have to mean finding cheap or low-quality gifts. The key is to look for opportunities and creative solutions, to get the most for your money without having to sacrifice good taste.

    Here are some tips for finding holiday gifts on a budget:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Five Steps to Get Your Children Happily Involved in Gift-Giving

    Boy giving giftThere is one big thing on many children’s minds during the holiday season – presents! For a lot of kids, the excitement of the holidays centers on receiving gifts. Parents can take this opportunity to try to instill in their children that same enthusiasm toward giving gifts.

    Encouraging your child to take part in gift-giving can help to demonstrate the joys of giving, as well as to teach him or her the valuable life lesson of thinking of others.

    Follow these simple steps for involving kids in gift-giving this holiday season:

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  3. How to Develop a Household Budget for the New Year

    Man calculating expenses, creating budgetIf you’re like many people, you probably start off the New Year with the best of intentions and set resolutions for yourself. Perhaps you want to eat healthier foods or work out more often, or you want to get a handle on your household spending. If the latter describes you, you are not alone.

    According to Statistic Brain Research Institute, 34 percent of Americans who made a resolution in 2015 had one that was money-related. In fact, spending less and saving more was ranked as the third most popular resolution of 2015.

    A great way to take control of your expenses is to create a household budget. Developing a budget is easier than you might think. You don’t have to be a financial expert.

    Here are three simple ways to track your spending and gain control of your household budget.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  4. How to Guard Against Motion Sickness

    Child sitting in the backseat of a carMany people experience some kind of motion sickness. Car sickness and sea sickness, for example, are common kinds that both children and adults can experience.

    According to the Mayo Clinic, symptoms of motion sickness can strike suddenly and can quickly progress from a queasy, uneasy feeling in the stomach to a cold sweat, dizziness and vomiting, in some cases. Often, motion sickness can subside as soon as the motion stops, but by then the “damage” has been done.

    There are ways for lessening the likelihood of motion sickness and for alleviating the symptoms. Here are some from the Mayo Clinic:

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  5. How Multimedia Helps Reading Instruction

    Young girl using tabletNowadays, teaching children how to read can take many forms. High-quality, one-on-one education via parents, teachers or tutors can be supplemented, for example, with a wide variety of useful multimedia. Many theories exist about what works best for teaching children to read, so if you’re not sure if multimedia is right for your child, consult with his or her teacher or a local librarian for direction.

    Here are a few multimedia options designed to support children’s reading instruction:

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