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Traveling with Young Children

by June 19, 2013

My wife and I just returned from an out of state vacation, our first with both of our children, ages 1.5 and four. Two years ago we traveled with our oldest daughter who was two at the time, and we stayed with my parents. That was a relatively easy trip, and we didn’t need to [...]

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The Real Cost of Fast Food

by Emily Guy Birken May 6, 2013

When I first got out on my own, I’d often stash my change in the ashtray of my car. That way, if I needed a quick meal the day before payday, I could find enough quarters and dimes to go to McDonald’s or Taco Bell. After all, one of the real benefits of fast food [...]

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How to Acquire Baby Clothes for Less

by Emily Guy Birken April 18, 2013

One of the joys of impending parenthood is getting to stroll through the baby clothing aisle of your local department store, exclaiming over and over how cute and tiny each outfit is. Unfortunately, that joy is short-lived once you reach for the price tag. While baby clothes are certainly cheaper than their adult counterparts, they [...]

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Financial Tips for Unmarried Couples

by Emily Guy Birken March 13, 2013

According to census data, 7.5 million unmarried couples were living together in 2010. While many of the relationships between these unmarried partners do not last or lead to marriage, it is becoming more and more common to see couples who are simply opting out of marriage, while keeping all the other trappings of a committed [...]

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How to Buy Super Bowl Tickets – 2013

by January 22, 2013

A couple years ago, my coworker and I were discussing our bucket lists, you know, the list of things you want to accomplish or see before you die. He mentioned his dad’s biggest wish was to go to the Super Bowl, and we got on the topic of buying Super Bowl tickets. All we knew [...]

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How To Avoid Spoiling Your Kids

by Emily Guy Birken January 16, 2013

No one plans to raise a child like Veruca Salt. The spoiled brat in the story Charlie and Chocolate Factory was given her every heart’s desire by her loving and over-indulgent parents—and became a gimme gimme monster who ends up being pushed down a trash chute when she won’t take no for an answer. Obviously, [...]

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Amazon AutoRip is Awesome

by January 10, 2013

I’m a huge fan of Amazon. I am an Amazon Prime member and think it’s one of the best deals in technology that you can find. For less than $100 a year, you can get unlimited streaming for thousands and movies and TV shows, free two day shipping, and borrow a book for free each [...]

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