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Celebrating the 4th of July

Did you know that we actually celebrate the wrong date for our independence? The Continental Congress voted to separate from the British Empire on July 2nd, but the Declaration of Independence itself was signed two days later. I think that means we should celebrate both dates, don’t you agree?   Be Traditional From the very beginning, Americans have celebrated with picnics, fireworks, carnivals, and political

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Memorial Day Activities

Memorial Day Activities Memorial Day weekend is a week away, and I’m sure lots of you already have activities planned. For those who don’t, or who need more to do, I have ideas to share. Why Do We Have a Memorial Day? Memorial Day is designated to remember our fallen military members. I often find that people get it confused with Veteran’s Day when we

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Musing About Holidays

I grew up going to church in a neighborhood where most of my friends were also involved in their religious institutions. I never really thought about how our religions were similar or different past the broad stroke differences in name and basic ideology. This year Easter and the start of Passover are the same weekend, and it got me thinking about both.   Tradition How

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The Holidays Don’t Have to be Expensive!

Why Do We Celebrate? As you look around this Holiday Season, you’ll see all the advertising that says we must spend money on gifts. I think we are losing sight of the real point. Christmas, Hanukah and all the other winter holidays are family time, and I’d love to get back to focusing on that.   Budgets Are to Protect Our Future It’s mid-December, and

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What Are You Thankful For?

Giving Thanks I’ve been reading many of my friend’s daily thankful posts on Facebook, and part of me feels like I should have been doing the same thing. I have many blessings in my life, and it’s been great to realize the little blessings are important to other people, too.   What Are You Thankful For? There are the obvious things: good health, a steady

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Memorial Day Ideas

If you don’t already have plans for Memorial Day weekend, it isn’t too late to make them. It’s the first three-day weekend of summer! Here are some frugal tips to help you enjoy the weekend ahead. Local Events Check your local newspaper for any events this weekend. Most cities also have websites dedicated to promoting local events and activities. If you’re close to Washington D.C., there

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Affordable Tips For Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day is your chance to go all out and show your love for someone special, right? Having an affordable Valentine’s Day celebration is the best way to show your love. Here are some tips to help you plan an evening for two or a party with your friends.   Skip the Roses Roses are going to be marked up to about double their regular

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New Year’s Eve Can Be Budget-Friendly

New Year’s Eve Can Be Budget-Friendly The end of the year is fast approaching, and it is time to start thinking about how to ring in the New Year. There is a lot of pressure to celebrate in a big way and that usually means big money. But there are lots of ways to celebrate and stay money smart.   Stay Home or Go Out?

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Christmas and Hanukah Tips Part 2

  This is Part 2 of our helpful tips for Christmas & Hanukah! It expands a few ideas from last week and adds a few more. Christmas and Hanukah fall right together this year; Hanukah starts on the 24th of December and runs through January 1st, 2017.   Your List is How Long? Last week I suggested talking to the family about limiting giving, either

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December Shopping Tips

Christmas and Hanukah will be here before you know it, and it can be a hard season to stay focused on your budget. We have taken the time to round up some shopping and gift giving tips to help you stay on track.   Plan Your Gift List The most important step is to make a spending plan for the season. Write down everyone you

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