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Show Mom You Care by Sticking To Your Budget

Mother's Day is Sunday. You've long outgrown your macaroni noodle masterpieces, so how do you express the immense gratitude for your mother without going over your budget?

Treat your mom to an experience this Mother's Day. Flowers die and jewelry tarnishes. Sites like Groupon and Living...

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Who's Going To Save You?

According to a NerdWallet survey, the average American is paying $555 a month in interest on their debts. That's more than $6,500 a year. In a recent article by CBS MoneyWatch, more than half of the population claims they can't handle a $500 emergency. It has also been reported that 70% of people...

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Coupon Your Way to Savings

You know we're all about saving money at Balanced Cents. Couponing is a popular topic when it comes to that. Have you ever been behind someone in the grocery checkout line who paid less than $20 for $200 worth of groceries? If so, then you know the power of couponing. 

I interviewed Alison...

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Are You Giving Your Children A Money Complex?

Think back to your childhood. How was money discussed in your household? Was it positive, negative, indifferent? Were you often told, "No, we can't afford it." when you asked for things? How did that make you feel? Did it influence how you deal with money today? How do you talk to your children...

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Meal Prep Your Way To Savings

I'm sure you've all heard of meal prepping by now. It's pretty big in the fitness community and definitely picking up steam with busy moms and professionals. 

So how does one meal prep? First, you plan your menu for the week. Next, prepare your grocery list. Then, pick a day of the...

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Saving Makes Cents

The reality that we live in is that credit trumps saving. Why wait and save up for a purchase when you can put it on a credit card and get it today? $747 billion is why. That's how much credit card debt U.S. consumers owe, according to Nerd Wallet’s 2016 American Household Credit Card...

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Budgeting... It's Sexy!

You. Need. A. Budget. This is not up for discussion. You must have a budget if you ever expect to make a difference in your finances. Budgets are for you to tell your money what to do. If you get your paycheck, spend it all and have no accounting of where it went, you need a budget.

People hear...

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"I Need This!" – This Will Empty Your Bank Account

This is what gets us into trouble. Too often we confuse what we need with what we want and before long, we have copious amounts of stuff and no money.

Before spending money on things you don't need, figure out what your necessities are. These are usually groceries, gas, clothing, electricity,...

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"I need a good credit score to be successful with money!" WRONG!

Does it matter how great of a chef you are when you don’t have the ingredients to create that seven-course meal? You could be the world’s best chef, but without those ingredients, you aren’t any better than someone who doesn’t know how to cook at all.

You could say the...

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An Open Letter To Those In Need Of Hope

An open letter to those in need of hope,

Ever since I can remember and even going back to when I was a kid; I always wanted to own my own business. I wanted to have the freedom to do what I wanted. When I was 10 or 11 years old I remember starting my own car wash in my driveway. I made some...

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