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Where Did Summer Go? It’s Back to School Time Already!

Earlier this week I looked at the calendar and realized it was the last day of July and summer is ending soon. Not summer weather, just the season; school will be starting for many in a few weeks which traditionally marks the end of summer’s freedom.   What is a Parent to Do? Sadly, there isn’t an option to skip school supply purchases, so the

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Does this Summer Seem “Extra Hot” to You?

Summer bills are always higher because of the heat, but it really seems to me that this year is worse than usual. I have friends all over the country that have complained about the crazy heat lately.   Nothing We Can Do About It, Right? Well, we certainly can’t control the weather. However, there are plenty of things that will help you keep your cool,

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How to Have a Fantastic 4th on the Fly

Can you believe we are nearly halfway through summer? I feel like Memorial Day was just a few days ago and I’m already seeing posts about back to school. I just want summer to slow down so I can savor it. Now that I have admitted that summer is slipping away, I can also admit I haven’t made any plans for the 4th of July.

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Summer Parenting is Expensive

Of course, parenting is always expensive, but summer brings its own set of costs. Back in my day, it was more common to have a mother who was able to stay home with the kids, so summer just meant more time with them. These days that is more the exception than the rule. So, what are parents supposed to do?   What Does Summer Cost?

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The Best Time to Plan a Trip

Spring Break is over, so that means it’s time to start thinking about summer vacations. The farther in advance you plan, the better the prices and availability will be. Last-minute trips can be fun, but I love anticipating a trip. So, right now is a great time to start thinking about summer travel.   How Long Do You Have? When I was a kid, my

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Hello Labor Day (or is it Goodbye Summer?)

This weekend is the unofficial end of summer in the form of Labor Day and hopefully a day off for many of us. I’m still laughing at myself for saying, “What happened to school starting after Labor Day? Back in my day…” Times have changed, and so have many traditions. Labor Day itself has changed a lot since it was first conceived.   A Little

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Back to School Already?

Back to School Already? Is it just me or did summer just start? Here we are, already thinking about sending the kids back to school. What happened to school starting the day after Labor Day? I can’t change it, so let’s start talking about how to get ready for it.   Be a Smart Shopper There is probably a list of supplies you have to

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Use a Travel Checklist to Save Time & Money

 I have been thinking a lot about traveling lately, possibly because I haven’t done much of it this year. One of my favorite lifestyle bloggers recently had her luggage lost halfway through a trip and she had to buy a few emergency replacement items in a tourist destination. It had to be expensive to do and she admitted she’d broken her cardinal rule of having

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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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7 Ways to Treat Yourself Even When Your Budget Says No

It’s summertime and the living is easy, or so they say. If you have been looking at your budget lately and wishing you could do something nice that is free or cheap, I have a few ideas. It is far easier to stick to a budget if you don’t feel like you are being deprived.   Cook Something Are you craving a fancy meal out?

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