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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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How to Save Money Fast

How to Save Money Fast

Want to take control of your money for good?

You already know this advice: Get out of debt. And we’re totally on board with this plan. But first, you need a starter emergency fund. Just $1,000 in the bank provides you with all kinds of financial protection.

When you’re holding $1,000 before getting out of debt, you can avoid taking on new debt. So when life tries to mess with you—your tire goes flat, your kid gets sick, the pipe under your sink bursts—you’re ready. You can easily pay what you owe and move on to more important things like knocking out that debt.

Of course, maybe you’re wondering, How on earth am I going to make $1,000?Don’t worry. We’ve got plenty of ideas. If you’re willing to get a bit radical, you’ll not only make $1,000, but you’ll make it fast!

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3 Questions That Will Help You Save More Money

3 Questions That Will Help You Save More Money

Americans aren’t saving enough money.

Just 22% of us have six months of expenses saved while nearly 30% have no emergency savings at all, according to a survey from Bankrate.com. That’s surprising because “spending less and saving more” have ranked in the top 5 on Nielson’s list of most popular New Year’s resolutions in the last two years.

Clearly, we want to increase our savings but feel like we can’t. Maybe you can relate. Your income is tied up in bills, insurance and day-to-day expenses. And you wonder, How am I supposed to save on top of all that?

Even if it feels like you don’t have any cash to spare, you can save more this year. Find out how with these three simple questions:

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Tips to Save Money

Tips to Save Money

This is the year you start saving more. Seriously. You even put it in writing!

One little problem: You're a spender. And it's always been a struggle for you to say no to current purchases and yes to future savings.

You’d rather have fun with your money now. That’s just how you’re wired.

Here’s why that’s actually not a problem: Spending and saving aren’t mutually exclusive. You can make a solid budget that allows you to do both! Simply start with your priorities, make a plan, and track as you go.

Try it for yourself and watch your goals happen this year!

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