Shannon Martin

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Articles by Shannon Martin

Save Money with a Babysitting Co-op

In the last six months, we’ve hired a paid sitter only twice. That stinks. I want (and need!) to get out and relax more often. This is where a babysitting co-op comes in. It’s a really simple system – a group of parents trade babysitting with each other. No money changes hands. It’s FREE! When you sit for another family’s child you earn points. When you have another parent watch your child, you spend points.

Tax-Deductible Charitable Donations – Everyone Benefits!

It’s that time of year again. The spirit of the holidays inspires charitable giving. This is the time when those of us who are fortunate enough to have what we need – and sometimes more – really feel the desire to share our wealth (meager as it may be). And, don’t delay. If you donate before the end of the year, you can claim your donation(s) on your 2011 tax return.