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Next up on my 'Try This Recipe' list


OK, I had an idea for another blog post about decluttering as a way to make money — i.e., selling your old stuff — then I ran across this recipe that has my mouth watering.

And it’s perfect timing, too. This Sunday, my husband and I have a rare day where we don’t have to be somewhere. It’s very unusual, and now I know what I’m making for breakfast!

Kayla shares her favorite side hustles


I don’t know about you, but I am always struggling with money. It seems like I can never catch up on bills, or get the savings I want. I’m always trying to find new ways to make more money in my spare time. Over the years, I have tried all sorts of things to make some extra cash and I’ve come up with some of my favorites:

More beauty product for your buck!


I am one of the biggest bargain shoppers I know — I will do research and look around for months before I decide to make a purchase. I want to make sure I’m getting my money’s worth.

I understand that not everyone is willing to do all this to save a few dollars but after seeing how easy it is and how fun it can be you might want to do it too. The internet and the Sunday newspaper with all the sale ads are my number one resource.

Heading back to college? Here's how to get ready for a new semester


Around this time of year, many of us are dreading the fact that school is right around the corner (that isn’t just me, right?). Everyone has a routine to get themselves ready for the upcoming semester. Since I have been doing this for a long time, I think that I can share a couple tips on how I prepare for a new semester of school.

Oh yeah, I love my slow cooker!


It seems like I go through this every year: During the summer, with the busy running around, going to fairs and festivals, parties and family gathering and grilling out, my poor slow cooker sits in the pantry, gathering dust.

(Time to come clean: I actually own two slow cookers; three if you count that little party dipper one that came with the programmable one. And I use them. OK, I feel better having gotten that off my chest.)

Fixing your credit in 3 easy steps


Credit is important in everything you do, from getting a car to buying the house of your dreams.

Taking care of your credit is more important than anything. Credit is everywhere and sometimes it’s really easy to get credit. But it is easy to ruin it.

Secure in her identity: Member's credit card fraud story


Late in 2014, Kristin Gibson became a statistic.

The 26-year-old school counselor became one of the 11.1 million adults affected by identity theft each year.

“I was doing my day-to-day stuff and I got a call that my card was being used in Florida or some other random state,” she said.

Second-hand swag: Feeding the shopping hunger at thrift stores


As a college student, it’s really hard to find a hobby that I enjoy that doesn’t cost me a lot of money.

The hobbies I most enjoy can end up costing me a lot, like shopping. I love shopping. I could spend the rest of my life shopping and it still wouldn’t be enough.

Unfortunately, being a college student and only working part time, I don’t really have the means to do that. Buyer’s remorse was becoming a constant feeling in my life and I realized I needed to find a hobby that replaced shopping, but still gave me the same satisfaction.

Why should I shred my documents?


Our community Shred Days are returning for August and September. Check out the dates, times and more information here to find the location that works for you.

Why should you shred your documents?

There are several reasons.

6 ways to save on back-to-school shopping


Back to school can be an expensive time. The National Retail Federation survey revealed that parents expect to spend about $207 per student on supplies to return to school. That is a lot of money, especially if you have more than one child.