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Budget-Friendly Fun (Yes, It’s a Real Thing)

Whether you’re working on a big savings goal or just trying to cut down on your expenses, you’ve probably felt that budgeting belt growing tight. We’re proud of you for getting serious about your finances—but you can stick to your budget and still have fun. After all, fun isn’t a four-letter word. Debt is.

As a starting point, we want to give you a big list of inexpensive adventures to enjoy alone, as a couple, with friends, or as a family. Get ready to stretch your entertainment budget line, because we’re about to have some seriously budget-friendly fun.

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10 Most Commonly Missed Expenses for June

10 Most Commonly Missed Expenses for June

Everyone’s ready for the warm weather—and June will be here before we know it! You can just hear that beach vacation or summer festival calling your name! But first things first: Let’s get your June budget ready, so you can soak up the sun in peace.

Look out for these common expenses when creating your budget this month.

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10 Most Commonly Missed Expenses in May

10 Most Commonly Missed Expenses in May

Spring has sprung! The month of May is full of picnics, celebrations and lazy days on the back porch. But with so much going on, it’s easy to get overexcited and overextend your bank account. Cure that spring-spending fever as you create your budget before May even gets here. To give you a head start, we’ve listed 10 spring expenses for you to keep in mind:

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How to Win With Money in 7 Simple Baby Steps

How to Win With Money in 7 Simple Baby Steps

Raise your hand if life is busy? Phew! Glad we’re not the only ones. Sometimes it can feel like we’re winning at life if we get the kids fed and in bed by 8:00. Still, we all have bigger dreams, don’t we? And, let’s be honest, most of them require money and financial stability. If only there was a proven way to go after our goals while also living our busy, day-to-day lives . . .

If only . . .

Okay, teasing time is over. We have the answer: Baby Steps.

What Are the Baby Steps?

The Baby Steps are your key to financial peace. And the steps are simple. So why isn’t everyone winning with money? Because each step also requires a bit of discipline. After all, if you want to live like no one else, you have to live like no one else. Don’t worry if this sounds redundant now—you’ll get there eventually. Let’s dive in!

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5 Easy Budget Tips to Set Aside $1,000 for Emergencies

5 Easy Budget Tips to Set Aside $1,000 for Emergencies

A 2018 Federal Reserve survey reveals four in 10 adults would have to borrow or sell something to cover a $400 emergency. And a third of us are a moderate monetary setback away from serious financial hardship.(1)

Can you imagine having to sell your couch to fix your car? Where would you binge watch your favorite dramadies? Or what about that awkward call to get a loan from your parents—when you know you’re supposed to have this adulting thing down?

It doesn’t have to be that way! There’s a better way, and it’s called an emergency fund. Increasing the buffer between you and those “why me?” expenses relieves some of the stress that comes with an unexpected emergency.

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