AMAZON Prime Day – Better than Black Friday prices!

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This sale is just too good to pass up – so I wanted to make sure that I alerted you to it! Tomorrow, July 15th, Amazon is hosting Amazon Prime Day! Amazon is promising more deals than on Black Friday tomorrow – but you have to be an Amazon Prime member to take advantage of them. The cool thing is, you can sign up for a FREE one-month subscription to Amazon Prime through THIS LINK.  Make sure that you note on your calendar when your free subscription runs out, and shop

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Don’t Let a Storm Make you Broke – 5 tips to help you prepare for the next storm!

You might not think of storm preparation as a top frugal tip. But it should be! If you're not prepared in any way, then you could wind up paying A LOT of money if a storm damages your home. Save by following these 4 EASY tips!

One early evening last July, a 4-minute freak storm passed though my town. I am in Upstate New York mind you, with almost zero risk for tornadoes… but there were ridiculous wind gusts that lasted only 4 minutes and left half of my city without power for a week – including my house. My brother lost half his roof, and 2 gigantic maple trees in my in-laws’ backyard were felled. Just last week (11 months later) we finally finished cleaning up their backyard from the storm. Thank God no one was

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Setting up our Kids Wealth System with the kids

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Last week I wrote about a New Kids Wealth program we are trying with our kids. I wanted to give you an update on how that program is going so far. For the past three years we used a different childrens money program and we found this particular program wasn’t cutting it anymore.  We needed a change. One of the main things that we wanted to change was to teach our kids about investing, which is what got us interested in the Kids Wealth Money Kit program. Here is what

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How to create a budget you can stick to in 4 easy steps!

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The hardest part about budgeting is actually sticking to it and making it work.  It took us three years to figure out the best way to actually stick to a budget, and I want to share with you the 4 steps we have created to a budget you can stick to.  We share many budgeting tips and strategies on our other website MarkandLaurenG.com, where we teach you how to budget effectively through a LIVE broadcast of us putting our budget together every single month!  You can sign up to watch that here. I recently

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Teaching your kids to manage their money with Kids Wealth

Parenting is tough work - especially when it comes to teaching your kids about money. Kids Wealth would have been a blessing to my parents, I just know it! #kidslearnmoney

Parenting is tough work – especially when it comes to teaching your kids about money. Kids Wealth would have been a blessing to my parents, I just know it! In today’s society, our children are part of the “get it now” generation. They see something, and they want it. As parents, we are all too familiar with that battle. “Mommy! I want that toy, can you puuleeeesse get it for me?” Does that sound familiar to you? Teachers in this country, both public and private, are good at what they do and

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6 Reasons You Should be Hiring a Tax Professional

6 Reasons you Need to Hire a Tax Professional

It is that time of year – where everyone is hustling around trying to get a tax appointment lined up so you can see how much of a tax refund you get. Or maybe, you are brave enough to tackle the job yourself! Doing taxes yourself is definitely doable, but here are some reasons why I recommend hiring a tax professional to do it and how it might save you money in the long run. Here are the 6 reasons you should be hiring a tax professional 1.) It gives you piece

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5 SMART Ways to Use your Tax Return

Are you tired of squandering your tax return every year?  Here are 5 SMART ideas for your Tax Return this year!

Have you filed your taxes yet?  If you’re like most Americans, tax time doesn’t mean “pay up”; it means an extra chunk of money in your pocket.  If you are married and/or have a couple kids, the amount of this refund can be quite large. Marketers and advertisers know that you have more money than normal, and they want it from you!  There are tons of TV’s, computers, cars and other big-ticket items bought during this time of year… you might have noticed an increase in commercials for these items.

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