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  1. Control Spending to Keep Meaning in the Holidays

    Couple Returning Home From Holiday ShoppingThe holidays are high season for generosity and goodwill. We donate to toy drives, volunteer at soup kitchens, and find reasons to smile at strangers.

    Yet consumerism also takes hold at this time of year. Mom wants spa services and “bling,” dad wants the latest tech toy, and the kids want everything under the sun. Spending takes priority over saving and living within one’s budget, and we brace for a blizzard of bills in the new year.

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    Categories: Saving Money
  2. Holiday Craft Projects: Get in the spirit of the season

    Winter Holiday CraftsThe year-end holidays are all about family togetherness. Christmas, Chanukah and Kwanzaa are among the best times of the year to celebrate the joys of home and hearth.

    Having our homes reflect holiday themes and colors is certainly heartwarming, but we really stoke up the spirit of the season when we make decorating a family affair.

    So grab the kids, roll up your sleeves, and get into your design groove. The following holiday craft projects will provide family fun … and some nice decorations for your home:

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    Categories: General Interest
  3. 10 Ways to Save More Money Year-Round

    Grocery List and CouponsChances are that you already know ways to save money. For example, foregoing a drive-thru latte each morning can add up to a cool $1,000 every year, and saving your loose change at the end of the day could generate enough cash to cover the cost of a round-trip domestic plane ticket. Whether you are saving for college or looking to build an emergency fund, here are a few lesser-known tips for saving money throughout the year:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  4. DIY Nature Crafts

    DIY Fall Nature CraftsIn many parts of the country, when colorful foliage brightens streets and nippy mornings are followed by warm, sunny afternoons, fall has arrived. From back-to-school to hours spent jumping in piles of leaves, autumn is a special time of year for children and adults alike. This fall, bring the beauty of this season indoors with kid-friendly do-it-yourself (DIY) projects that take advantage of nature’s bounty.

  5. Giving a Gift of a Gerber Life College Plan

    Grandma Hugging ChildWho doesn’t love giving a gift to a child? It’s a warming experience that comes with smiles and hugs galore. Consider, however, that some children’s gifts, such as toys and clothes, have a shelf life. Kids outgrow both.  So what are some ideas for gifts that are both lasting and beneficial?

    Parents and grandparents often decide that a financial gift can be a lasting gift that shows they care. Giving cash for the holidays and birthdays is one option. Another option is to give a financial gift that keeps on giving.

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    Categories: College Planning