Shannon Martin

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Your Kids Can Save You Money at Tax Time

While driving home from work the other day, I was listening to a call-in show on NPR. A woman called to find out the best way for her family to save money for their child’s college fund. It made me think about how expensive our little bundles of joy can be. The good news – kids don’t always separate you from your money – sometimes they actually help you keep some! Here are a few ways your kids will help fatten your wallet come tax time.

How Much To Give For Holiday Tips

How Much to Give for Holiday Tips

‘Tis the season for holiday tips. Every year I wonder which of our beloved and hard-working service providers should get a holiday tip. There are many different life situations that dictate who, how much and what should be given. I’ve done some perusing of the online variety to find out what holiday tipping etiquette prevails. Following is a list of many people that generally receive a holiday tip – and ideas for what those tips could be.

Try a Home Swap For a Cheap Vacation!

These days many people have to forgo a lot of extras due to high bills and lower incomes. A vacation is one of the first things to get canceled. When bills are stressing you out, it makes sense (to me, anyway) to take a little time out to relax. Cash in some airline points or pick a destination within driving distance, find yourself a person to swap homes with and enjoy a nice, cheap vacation!