1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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