Trends

Millennials: The True Cost of a Pumpkin Spice Latte (Infographic)

Millennials: The Cost of Staying Caffeinated (Infographic)

Coffee has been keeping us – and our taste buds – moving for many years, especially as temperatures drop and seasonal holiday drinks reappear. More and more millennials are indulging in the delicious pick-me-up with Pumpkin Spice or salted caramel-flavored lattes from Starbucks, Dunkin’ Donuts and others. Just like with anything else we consume daily, it...  Read more

Trends

5 Tips for Cheap Fun in the Snow

5 Tips for Cheap Fun in the Snow

If you’re trapped inside by the snowstorm hitting the Upper Midwest, or anticipating long snowy days this winter, you’ll need some budget-friendly boredom-killers to get you through. This season, give these 5 tried and true tips from veteran cold-weather survivors a shot. Chill Out Kids seem impervious to cold, so send them outside! It builds...  Read more

Everyday Triumphs

How Jessica Flaherty Became Debt Free

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Knowing how to pay down debt may come easily to some, but for Jessica Flaherty, a 30-year-old volunteer coordinator and alumnae admission representative from Lewiston, Maine, it did not. For months/years, Jessica’s coping mechanism involved turning off her phone to avoid nagging calls from bill collectors about her mountain of school debt. It wasn’t until...  Read more

How To

5 Ways a Bill Reminder Can Save Your Hide

5 Ways a Bill Reminder Can Save Your Hide

Have you ever found yourself falling sleep and then suddenly realized that you forgot to pay your credit card bill? It happens to everyone, and sometimes it’s no big deal. If you’ve paid a bill on time for years, you can often get penalties waived for a first-time slip-up. But when it happens repeatedly, it...  Read more

Saving

10 Money Tips for Daylight Saving Time

10 Money Tips for Daylight Saving Time

As we “fall back” on Sunday to enjoy an extra hour of time, why not put that to good use by checking in on your finances? If you need a little inspiration, here is a quick list of ten things you can do to get started: 1. Clean out your closet.  Donate items to charity for...  Read more

Planning

4 Common Myths About Financial Planning

4 Common Myths about Financial Planning

There are a lot of people out there who know they need financial planning but are still unclear about what financial planning actually is.  So to help you better understand the importance of financial planning, I’ve debunked four major myths about it. 1. Financial planning is not a product. A lot of people assume that...  Read more

MintFamily

American Family Budget: One Year Later

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My husband keeps a pile of wadded-up 20-dollar bills in a drawer in our bedroom. He says he’s saving up for our son’s Christmas gift – a LEGO set with a price tag so high that I am ashamed to share it here. It’s nice that he is doing that, I told him. And in...  Read more

Trends

Wedding Gifts: What’s Proper and What’s Not?

Wedding Gifts: What's Proper and What's Not?

If it’s been awhile since you’ve attended a wedding, or if you’re a young adult whose friends are just starting to tie the knot, you may feel clueless about buying wedding gifts. You’re not alone: giving gifts for big life occasions can be tricky for anyone. The traditional guideline for wedding gifts is that if...  Read more

How To

Winterproof your Home on a Budget (Infographic)

How To Winterproof your Home on a Budget (Infographic)

Keeping yourself and your family warm during the winter months isn’t cheap, and we often wonder how we can keep the heat in the house and away from our bills. Here are a few simple tips that will keep you toasty, without burning through your cash.  Click on “Launch Infographic” for an expanded view.