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Giving During the Holiday Season
During the recent global pandemic, donation trends have shifted in a significant way. Giving USA reports that donations in 2020 reached an all-time high of $471 billion, and those donations were made on a more local level than ever before. Foundations and individual donations increased, but in the hard-hit business sector, contributions decreased by 6%. With the giving season upon us, it is an excellent time to review why we give.
Ten Money-Saving Tips for Online Shopping
Chances are you may be doing a lot more online shopping. As online retail continues to grab market share, more and more consumers are turning to the internet for everyday staples, holiday gifts, and even groceries, but how do you keep your spending under control? It is easy to get carried away as you shop online, but there are also ways to beat the online merchants at their own game — starting with the ten money-saving tricks listed below.
Personal Finance Topics All High School Students Should Know
For good reason, high school students are set on an academically rigorous track towards college. Unfortunately, though, personal finance (a topic they need to understand to survive in life) is rarely taught to them in school. As a parent, the duty often falls on you. Not sure where to start? Here are some topics that will help start your discussions about financial fitness.
Do you Need to Downsize? A Quick Quiz
Perhaps you’ve heard the call of coyotes from that den you don’t go into anymore, or you’ve seen tumbleweeds congregating in that extra, extra bedroom. Or maybe you’ve just looked at your electric bill lately—and gasped. No matter your reasoning, if you are a homeowner who feels like you have more space than you really need, you’ve probably considered downsizing into a smaller dwelling at some point.
When to Use Credit (and When to Avoid It)
If used carefully, credit can be a helpful financial tool. For example, using credit to purchase a home now, rather than trying to save up the whole purchase price, makes financial sense. The home provides a place to live that will perhaps increase in value and the mortgage interest offers a tax deduction. Credit may also help you deal promptly with costly emergencies.
How to plan for financial emergencies
Wouldn’t it be nice to adapt to change easily and gracefully? To offset the wallet-shock an unexpected life change can bring? You can. Whether you have one year or one week to adjust to such monetary upheavals as marriage, divorce, a growing family, or military deployment, you can sail through financial foul weather – as long as you PLAN for it.
Back to School: More than the Basics
As many schools are once again opening their doors, the back-to-school season has officially started. However, with the rising cost of school supplies and the losses retailers suffered during the pandemic, discounts are becoming harder to find. It is expected the average family will spend approximately $270 per child returning to school. Now more than ever, parents are looking for ways to save money on back-to-school purchases.
The Perks and Drawbacks of Timeshares
A vibrant teal blue ocean, the aroma of sand and surf, and long green palm fronds blowing in the wind may have you dreaming of owning a property in paradise. But for many, a vacation home isn’t in the budget. One alternative many people consider is a timeshare. As with any major purchase, you should carefully research whether a timeshare is right for your family.
Balancing the Family Sports Budget
According to the National Council on Youth Sports, parents spend an average of $671 per year on youth sports! The good news is parents have options when it comes to sports-related spending. Often, parents find themselves dipping deeper into the family savings or reaching for the credit card to pay for their kids’ sporting experiences. Before you fork over big bucks for coaches, travel expenses, league fees, uniforms, and equipment, consider these tips to help you lower your costs—and still have fun!