August 2013

Dorm Room
August 30, 2013

Frugal Furnishing Ideas For Your Child’s Dorm Room

College tuition alone is an astronomical expense for families, but when we add the growing cost of on-campus housing to the list, those budgets stretch even tighter. According to a 2012 study from the College Board, the average annual price for a year’s worth of room and board is $9,200 for a public university and […]

Youth Sports On A Budget: A Guide For Parents
August 26, 2013

Youth Sports On A Budget: A Guide For Parents

As the school year closes in, you may be in the process of signing your young ones up for soccer, softball or some other fall sport. Extracurricular sports have a number of valuable benefits for kids, from teambuilding skills to staying fit. The more aspirational parents may even have their eye on an athletic scholarship […]

School Lunch
August 26, 2013

Pack School Lunches On A Shoestring Budget

Back-to-school season is upon us! In recent weeks we’ve talked about how to save cash on your child’s pencils, notebooks and other supplies, and we also covered a few strategies for staying within your budget for school clothing. These costs can certainly pile up, but for the most part they are one-time expenses that you […]

School Shopping
August 23, 2013

5 Personal Finance Lessons To Teach Your Kids While Back-To-School Shopping

Preparing your kids for the school year ahead can be a costly chore. Between crowded aisles, screaming kids and demands for the priciest pens on the market, we’re all glad when that shopping trip is over. We poured over research about how parents spend and save on school supplies, and one consistently positive note was […]

Kids Clothes
August 21, 2013

Clothing Your Child On The Cheap: 5 Tips From CouponMom

It’s easy enough to find pens and pencils on the cheap, but clothing your child for the new school year is a whole different story. Studies show that when it comes time for back-to-school shopping, clothing blows basic school supplies out of the water in terms cost. According to a 2012 survey from and […]

Save on rent
August 19, 2013

8 Easy Ways To Minimize Renting Costs

This month we’ve covered a host of ways to save money as a homeowner, but what about those of us that rent? Just because you don’t own your home doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to cut costs. In fact, there are several strategies you can use to minimize living costs before and after signing […]

Millennial Retierment
August 16, 2013

Infographic: Millennial Retirement Savings

Retirement may seem like it’s a long way down the road for Millennials, but in reality it’s a whole lot closer than we might think. To get an overall impression of where Generation Y is in terms of retirement funds and savings attitudes, we compiled the infogrpahic below. Take a look and see how your Millennial […]

School Supplies
August 14, 2013

6 Ways To Save On Your Child’s School Supplies

Kids across the country are running around, gleefully soaking up those final days of summer. But for parents, the last weeks of August are a different story. Taking the kids to the store for back-to-school shopping is a chore, and an expensive one at that. According to a 2012 study from and Women and […]

Summer Cooling Tips
August 12, 2013

11 Ways to Keep Home Cooling Costs Down During Hot Summer Months

It’s easy to become irritable during hot summer months, so the last thing you want is to open up a hefty electric bill. Take advantage of these money-saving tips to keep your cooling costs down even while the temperature gets high this summer. Use a dehumidifier Certain areas of the US are notorious for high […]

Late Retirement Planning
August 9, 2013

Late Start on Retirement Savings? Start With These Tips

“Start early” is one of the first tips any financial planner will offer regarding retirement. But if you find yourself age forty or older with little to no savings set aside for retirement, simply wishing you’d started earlier won’t get you anywhere. We spoke with two certified financial planners who offered tips specifically for those […]