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Fall Holidays on a Tight Budget

With the leaves changing colors and pumpkin spice everything in stores, it is only a matter of time before the fall holidays arrive! It's a favorite time of year for many of us. With Halloween, Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Eve, there are so many opportunities to celebrate with family and friends. The celebrations can, however, add up quickly and leave you feeling financially stressed. We've got you covered if you're on a budget!

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Government Accounts to Open

To make the most of the services offered by the Federal Government and the State of Oregon, it is important to create accounts with the agencies that will best serve you. Let's take a closer look at each of these important government accounts.

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Impatience And Financial Independence

For those of us on the path to financial independence, impatience is a universal emotion. It's normal to feel antsy and want to speed up the process. After all, who wants to wait years (or even decades) to reach their goal? In this article, we'll explore the different stages of impatience on the journey to financial independence. By understanding these stages, you can better manage your emotions and stay on track.

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Student Loan Best Practices

Student loan debt can be a huge burden for people, both young and young-at-heart. The good news is that there are steps you can take to make the most of your loans and minimize your payments. By following these tips, you can make the most of your student loan debt and get on track for a bright financial future!

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10 Banking Terms You Should Know

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When it comes to banking, it’s important to understand what’s going on. You’ll want to know all the information available concerning your money in order to make the most well-informed decisions. There are many ways that you can become better educated on the banking process, and perhaps one of the best ways to keep yourself informed is to understand the many terms that are used in the banking world. Here are a few banking terms that everyone should know about.

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New Psychology of Spending

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Many of us understand that personal finances are much more than income and expenses. Our spending habits, which directly impact our personal bottom line, are also affected by our emotions, values, and desires. This is known as the “psychology of spending.” Learn more about making a move from maximizing to minimizing spending.

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Top Ways to Save Money on Gas

Looking to save money on gas? You're not alone! In today's economy, everyone is looking for ways to pinch pennies. You can save money on your fuel costs by making a few changes in the way you drive and how you buy gasoline. Check out these top tips for saving money on gas. You'll be surprised at how much you can save!

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Beat Summer Boredom

Kids splashing in pool

At some point during the long summer, kids are bound to say the words every parent dreads: “Mom, I’m bored!” Oh sure, there are many things to do—amusement parks, costly trips to the mall, and summer camps—just to name a few. But thrifty parents can keep kids happy without breaking the bank. With a little creativity, you can still uncover a variety of ways to keep your children stimulated with little or no cost. Here are some budget-friendly activities to enjoy during the summer months.

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Ways to Save Money on Your Energy Bill

The warm weather months are coming up, and that means one thing: it's time to start figuring out how you can save money on your energy bill. With the summer months being notoriously expensive for cooling bills, there are many ways to cut down on utility costs without sacrificing comfort or convenience. Here are ten ways to save money on your energy bill each month!

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How To Plan For Financial Emergencies

Emergency Savings Note

Most of us will have to deal with a financial emergency at some point in our lives. They can happen at any time and rarely come with a warning. Whether you have one year or one week to adjust to such monetary upheavals as divorce, medical emergencies, military deployment, or loss of wages, you may be able to sail through financial foul weather – as long as you PLAN for it.

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