1. 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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  2. 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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  3. Seven Kinds of Shopping Apps to Help You Save Money

    Woman shopping while on phoneA number of free shopping apps can help you to manage a budget as well as save money on essential and non-essential items. Start using these seven apps to save money:

    1) Search and shop for a particular item. Some apps may be able to help you shop for something you’re looking for. One of them, “The Hunt,” claims to have more than three million friends to help you shop, and explains that by posting a photo of an item or outfit, other people will tell you where to find it, help style it, or where to get it for less money.  If you feel so inclined, you can help others do the same.

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  4. Fun Ways to Teach Children About Finance

    Child holding dollar by piggy bankTried-and-true ways for teaching kids about money range from paying your children an allowance, to buying them a piggy bank, to opening a savings account with them. If you have used any or all of those methods or are currently using them, by all means continue doing so — they’re excellent strategies.

    However, not all children are automatically drawn to the subject of money, so you might find that your child is not as interested as you had hoped. For such children, a parent often needs to be a bit more creative and to come up with fun ideas for helping them to understand money.

    If that is the case for your child, consider these fun ideas for teaching kids about money:

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  5. How e-Books Can Save You Money

    Two teenagers look at a tabletNew books aren’t cheap, and costs can quickly pile up if your child is an insatiable reader. Luckily, there are ways to provide your child with books that won’t break the bank.

    Of course, your local library is an excellent resource for free books. Sometimes though, the library isn’t always the best option. Exuberant children can damage books, return deadlines can be forgotten, and busy schedules can make getting to the library a challenge.

    If that is the case for your family, you’ll need to find another way to save money on books. With the rise of digital technology, e-books have increasingly become a cheaper alternative to new books. If you hadn’t considered e-books yet, here are a few reasons why you might want to: 

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