Farmers Market vs. Grocery Store: Quality vs. Saving?

There's no doubt that farmers markets have fantastic seasonal produce, but is it budget-friendly? Shopping at a local farmers market can seem like an extravagance, but it doesn't have to be! You may not realize it, but the produce at farmers markets is often cheaper than what you'd find in grocery stores; you just have to know how to shop. Here are a few tips to making the most from your monthly grocery budget.

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At What Point Does Car Maintenance Become More Expensive than It's Worth?

Vehicle repairs can create big gaps in your budget that you might not have prepared for, and spending more money on repairs may not be the answer you need. It has happened to all of us. You're on the road when all of a sudden the check engine light begins flashing, ultimately causing you to shell out hundreds in expensive repairs that break the budget you've been working so hard to maintain. Vehicle maintenance is a necessary part of car ownership, but there are some strategies you can use to guarantee that you're not paying more than your car is worth.

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How Can Credit Union Shared ATM Networks Save You Money?

Sometimes it can seem like finding an ATM that won't charge an arm and a leg for accessing our own money is easier said than done. However, credit unions are offering new ways for members to access your accounts just as if you were doing business at your home branch.

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How Do You Ask For A Raise?

Do you know how to approach your boss to ask for more money? Many people shy away from the conversation all together, though employees who ask for a raise earn more than workers who stay silent. The approach is more than a conversation. It's a presentation of your value.

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Wedding Registries: Where to Register and What to Ask For

Your wedding is a celebration of life and love. Family and friends honor your special day by offering gifts. Whether starting out or starting again, the gifts from your wedding registry can help you build a comfortable home.

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Prepare Ahead of Time for the Best Auto Buying Experience

If you're in the market for a car, it pays to do research before heading to the showroom. Gulf Winds’ TRUECar Partnership spares buyers the hassle of haggling, offering transparency in its pricing. Unfortunately, most car dealerships don't operate as honestly.

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How Shopping Local Helps Your Community Financially

How you spend your dollars is important—and not just for the sake of your own budget. Choosing to shop with local businesses and vendors can provide big boosts to our community economy that go far beyond a simple transaction. From creating jobs to easing the burden on the environment, the arguments for shopping local are hard to argue with.

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Snagging a Deal: What to Look for at Garage/Yard Sales

Going on a weekend garage or rummage sale may seem simple enough: You find someone selling unwanted items, and you look for what you like, right? Well, if you just want a fun afternoon of looking for hidden treasure, then that's fine. But, if you want to do some serious shopping you need a strategy. Here are a few tips for finding hidden—and cheap—gems at garage sales. 

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What Are You Giving Up When You Accept Auto-Dealer Cash Back?

Are you in the market for a new car? Auto dealers often offer rebates and incentives to attract buyers, but cash back deals and other promises are sometimes too good to be true. Planning ahead before going to the showroom can help you understand what those deals really mean.

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What to Consider with Vacation Rentals

So much of our time is spent at work. When it's time for a vacation, you want your hard-earned money to work for you. Vacation rentals are a popular alternative to hotels and are often less expensive. Equipped with kitchens, they offer the option of eating in rather than dining out, saving you money and hassle. The Internet has allowed for a boom in vacation rentals, but with so many options, it can be difficult to know how to select the right property.

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Keeping Your Kids Occupied Over the Summer

It's that time of the year, when kids celebrate: summer vacation. When school's out, kids are often home for the day with “nothing to do.” If you're struggling to find ways to keep your kids busy over the summer without breaking the bank, here are a few ideas.

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What Should You Be Doing Financially After Marriage?

Getting married is a time to celebrate, but financial pressures can make it stressful. Here's how to avoid newlywed money blues.

While marriage is a beautiful institution, many couples find that they are ill-prepared to navigate the world of dual finances. You have to know how to manage your money as a team. Here are a few tips to starting your marriage off on the right—and financially stable—foot

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Ready to Buy a Car? Keep These 4 Hidden Costs in Mind

Congratulations! You're planning on buying a car and can't wait to park a shiny new vehicle in your driveway. Not so fast. While buying the car may be exciting, you should keep in mind these four expenses before making your choice:

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How to Budget Your Finances

As much as we’d all love to not worry about budgeting, if you don’t develop a budget to control your finances, your spending is more likely than not to exceed your limits. Between your necessary living expenses, entertainment and leisure, paying off debts and saving for retirement, managing your money can seem overwhelming. Don’t buy into financial myths that scare you away from creating a sensible budget. Read on for an easy budgeting quick start.

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DIY or Hire a Professional?

When you are looking to start any home improvement project, cost can outweigh your vision with a hard dose of reality. While we may wish our home could look a certain way, like those beautiful renovations on television shows, it's not always a possibility when working with a fixed budget. This is where proper planning comes in to rescue our dreams. Before starting any DIY home improvement project, calculating exact costs is key to creating an achievable outcome.

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