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Qualifying for Financial Aid: Convincing Colleges You’re Needy

Spring isn’t just a time for robins to start singing and snow to (finally!) melt. In addition to the landscape waking up and parkas being packed away, March and April are prime college acceptance months for high school seniors. That means in addition to kids – and their parents – stalking the mailman in the… Read More

Man’s Best Friend: The Cost of Dog Ownership

Between diapers, toys, karate lessons and doctor bills, it’s no surprise that bringing home a new bouncing bundle of joy costs a lot of money. Oh yeah, then there’s those pesky college costs. But what about bringing home man’s best friend? How much does it cost to own a dog?  Sure, there’s a lifetime of… Read More

Should You Go Solo or Pay a Pro This Tax Season?

Tax season is in full swing. And for most, the idea of crunching numbers and tallying up medical expenses in the hopes of streamlining the process, can often be a painful process — especially if you’re preparing and filing your taxes on your own. Part of the legwork associated with taxes is deciding whether to… Read More

The Friday Effect: Don’t Let Friday Bust Your Budget

In a TGIF state of mind? If so, be careful. The one day of the work week that makes all the others a little bit more bearable might turn out to be more than your budget can bear. Fridays can have you spending more on food and drink than you do on other days of… Read More

6 Super Bowl Plays That Can Fumble Your Finances

Whether you’re cheering on your team, or glued to the TV to catch the crazy commercials, it’s fun to gather with family and friends for Super Bowl celebrations. But hosting a team of rabid fans can fumble your budget or lead to you scoring unwanted additional debt. No matter how loud you yell at the… Read More

7 Ways to Tune-Up and Save on Car Repairs

The average commute time to work in the U.S. is 25.4 minutes, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. So a round trip drive has you spending nearly an hour, on average, behind the wheel. Combined with trips to the grocery store, carpool shifts and other errands, your car gets a good workout. And all those… Read More

Getting Ripped Without Getting Ripped Off

Those New Years resolutions to slim down and shape up are hard to attain without working out. And if you’re like most, you equate exercise to time spent in a gym. But whether they carry the moniker of “gym”, “health club”, “fitness center” or “spa”, facilities in the business of getting you buff are also… Read More