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6 Items You Shouldn’t Add to Your Wedding Registry

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Yesterday was my 17th wedding anniversary. This got me thinking about all the things we registered for… and how many we still do and don’t have. My husband and I took a trip down memory lane, remembering what items we received and which ones are still useful all these years later.

Here are 6 items you shouldn’t register for… and 6 you should.

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8 Quick Dinners You Can Make In 30 Minutes Or Less

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After a long day at work the last thing I want to do is come home and cook. Unfortunately, by the time I get home at five-thirty I AM STARVING! Due to this fact, I prefer to cook quick easy meals on weeknights so I can resist the urge to pick up fast food eat as soon as possible. This list of quick dinners includes everything from burritos to beef stroganoff so you’re sure to find a meal your whole family with enjoy

Dinner in 30 Minutes or Less

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How Much Money Do I Need To Retire?

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Everyone is happy in retirement, right? Via Shutterstock

My husband and I debate this question all the time – how much money we need to retire? Followed by, are we saving enough? I often debate if we are saving *too* much, but my dear readers quickly extinguished that, ahem, fear. (And I was soooo going to enjoy that shopping spree…)

I’ve toyed around with various financial calculators, and until this morning I had never found one that really answered all my questions. Never found one that took all our accounts into account. When it comes to retirement, you need to see the big picture.

Our goal is to retire at 60. Are we saving enough to make it happen?

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Not sure how to manage your back to college budget? Check out our tips!

8 Back to College Money Saving Tips

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Not sure how to manage your back to college budget? Check out our favorite tips!

My senior year of college was the first time I ever lived on my own. It was also the first time I had to manage a food budget, living expenses, and my finances in general. To say I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. Luckily for me, there were tons of easy ways to save money as a college student. These back to college money saving tips are a great way to get you on track to tackle that college debt or to help you save for your spring break vacation!

8 Simple Back to College Money Saving Tips

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Cell Phone Accessories – Are You Paying Too Much?

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It’s bad enough that our cell phone bills are so high – but add to that the cost of all those accessories that constantly seem to be breaking, disappearing or malfunctioning and the expenses just keep adding up. There are charger cords, portable chargers, car chargers, phone cases… and the prices vary greatly.

When it comes to cell phone accessories, do you really pay for what you get?

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This Stunned Me: 80% Research Online, 87% Buy In-Store

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I find this statistic stunning: for major purchases, 80% of buyers do online research about a product. BUT 87% – THE VAST MAJORITY – STILL BUY IN-STORE. Do you people not have small children? Who has the time to buy in store? Are you not comfortable using your credit card online? Help me understand why you shop the old fashioned way.

For purchases of $500 or more, here’s how people behave – weird! (more…)

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15 Back-to-School Mistakes That Cost Me Money

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Now that summer is winding down, back-to-school savings are everywhere. But when you’re making your back-to-school budget, realize that sometimes what looks like a bargain really isn’t. As you pore over store flyers and online deals, it can be overwhelming. And then, just when you think you’re done shopping, the teacher sends home a list of more supplies to buy!

How to avoid back-to-school mistakes that could cost you money.

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6 Easy Ways to Save On School Lunches

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Stay on budget and make a delicious school lunch. Yum! Via Shutterstock.

In my family we always brought lunch a bagged lunch to school. Not only was this a cheaper option, but the food my mom made was MUCH better than anything you could find in the school cafeteria. Now, my little brother and nephew both prefer to take a lunch to school as well.  Here are a few easy ways to save on school lunches.

Simple ways to save on school lunches

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Top 6 Hotel Deals in Cologne

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Most of the hotels in Cologne are located on the grid, or near the city center. This is good news because you won’t spend lots of money on transportation. The city’s hotels were built around the restaurants, galleries, and museums. This shows the foresight and diligence of the founders of this unique and beautiful city. Cologne is also among the major cities included in the Rhine River cruises, an even more appealing fact. Here is a compilation of the best hotel deals in the town of Cologne. (more…)

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5 Ways to Save Money in Reno

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Saving money in Reno is very easy with these five tips. Via Shutterstock

Considered a smaller, more intimate version of Las Vegas, Reno, Nevada, has all the glitz and glamour you could want. It’s a great place for a family vacation and has better access to outdoor adventure than Las Vegas. If you’re on a tight vacation budget, you can save money by finding cheap hotels in Reno such as the Silver Legacy Resort Casino where you get top-quality gaming and reasonably priced rooms.

Here are five ways to save money in Reno and still have a great vacation.

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8 Frugal Crock Pot & Slow Cooker Recipes!

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These past few weeks my work schedule has been crazy! I’ve been coming home exhausted with no desire to cook anything for dinner. Since I’ve been trying to cut back on spending money on take-out I decided to break out the slow cooker. This makes it easy to throw something together before work and come home to a delicious pre-cooked dinner. Here are a few of my favorite recipes including entrees, side dishes, and even dessert!

8 Easy Crock Pot & Slow Cooker Recipes

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True or False: Young Americans Are Not Saving Enough for Retirement

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When I retire, I’m going to bike across France! Via Shutterstock

A new study shows Young Americans are “frantic” about having enough cash to live on after 70. Surprised? I am shocked. The handful of 20-somethings I know well enough to know how much money they are saving are NOT saving hardly anything for their retirement, if at all. Many of them are scraping by each month, so putting aside even $50 is a hard sell for them.

==> How to open an IRA account

14 ideas to boost your retirement savings

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7 Ways to Save Time and Money on Your Wedding

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I can’t believe Aunt Thelma gave me a piggy bank! Via Shutterstock

Everyone knows that weddings are expensive — the average cost of an American wedding has risen more than 16 percent in just four years — and some couples are even taking out loans to cover their nuptial celebrations. Despite the trend in casual affairs, the sheer number of wedding expenses virtually guarantees a dent in any savings account. The problem is the lavish appearance of the event is often what makes it feel so special, and few married couples-to-be know how to scrimp without making their wedding feel cheap and stale — or without devoting months to creating DIY decorations.

Here are 7 tried-and-true tips to plan a top-tier wedding under budget.

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6 Hours For Business Travelers In San Antonio

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I cannot wait to go to San Antonio. Via Shutterstock

While San Antonio, Texas, is an excellent tourist destination known for the historic Battle of the Alamo and its picturesque River Walk, the city is also an established center for business. The Alamo City often plays host to meetings and conferences for such diversified industries as healthcare, car manufacturing, financial services, and oil and gas. The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center, conveniently located in the heart of the city’s Downtown San Antonio allows business travelers easy access to many of the city’s must-see attractions.

Here’s a quick guide for the business traveler (or just the busy traveler!) with just six hours to spare in one of Texas’ gems.

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