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Poshmark - empty your closet, fill  your wallet

Posted by Lawanda Stevenson on Aug 21, 2017 6:00:00 AM

The weather is beautiful, there are so many choices for fun and the kids are full of school year bottled up energy. You want to take them on adventures and would love to make their time magical. How do you find the cash to make it the Summer to Remember?

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Topics: Money, Saving Money, Cleaning, Budget, De-Clutter

Vinegar - keeping it healthy, clean AND green

Posted by Michael Hickerson on Apr 6, 2017 5:00:00 AM


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Topics: Health and Wellness, Kids and Chores, Parenting, Saving Money, Cleaning, Budget, Simplicity, Green

Winter is coming - keep the temperatures up but the costs down

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Dec 12, 2016 8:14:00 AM

How to Keep Your House Warm This Winter

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Topics: Saving Money, Budget, Home, Seasons, Winter

Keeping it simple for baby and yourself

Posted by Ruth Janzen on Oct 2, 2016 8:05:00 AM


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Topics: Parenting, Saving Money, Simplicity, Decorating, Home

5 Back-to-school tips

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Aug 18, 2016 12:56:55 PM


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Topics: Empowering Our Children, Health and Wellness, Teaching Kids Responsibility, Parenting, Family, Saving Money, Budget, Time Management, School, Planning

Unique and useful gifts for expectant parents

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Jul 17, 2016 7:00:00 AM

If someone you know is expecting a baby and you have the urge to gift them with something unique and truly useful instead of the standard 4-pack of receiving blankets or a squeaking giraffe, we’ve got some great ideas for you.

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Topics: Money, Au Pairs, Parenting, Family, Childcare, Affordable Child Care, Au Pair Foundation, Saving Money, Budget

Cultural exchange opportunities without leaving home

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jul 5, 2016 9:03:57 AM

With the world feeling smaller and smaller every day, we can all benefit from opportunities for cultural exchange. Not all of us can afford to jet set around and see different countries first hand, though. However, there are some ways that we can experience some of the cultural exchange that traveling can bring without the money and inconvenience of travelling!

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Topics: Au Pair Adventures in the USA, Culture, American Culture, au pair, Au Pairs, Host Family, Parenting, Family, Childcare, Affordable Child Care, Au Pair Foundation, Saving Money, Exchange Students, World Culture, Community, Travel, Vacation

Summer sanity (and money) savers

Posted by Katie Tastrom on Jun 15, 2016 8:30:00 AM

With the kids being out of school, summer can be a difficult time for parents, especially if the kids are home most of the day. However there are ways to easily and cheaply entertain your kids so that you can have your own peace and quiet to work at your job or around the house. Here are some ideas for activities to keep your kids occupied and out of the house that also aren’t super expensive.

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Topics: Fun with Kids, Parenting, Arts and Crafts, Summer, Saving Money, Budget, Reading, Creativity

Pizza in MY village  (stretching your social dining budget)

Posted by Joe Terpening on May 3, 2016 3:17:31 PM

Eating out is fun and social, but can get expensive if enjoyed on a regular basis.  I like to keep my eye out for inexpensive but tasty options and then share the find with others, especially those who may need to budget carefully (such as students and au pairs).  

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Topics: Food, Money, au pair, Saving Money, Dining, Budget, Community

Children and  Allowance - Is it too soon for CA$H ?

Posted by Kim Wunderlich-Cady on Mar 1, 2016 11:15:49 AM

I don’t remember at what age I started to get an allowance.  I don’t remember at what dollar amount it started or incrementally how it grew.  By the time I was old enough to remember getting it, it was $20 per week (or maybe every other week) and I’m fairly certain I blew it on things like nail polish, Barbie clothes and lip gloss.  When I got a little bit older, before I had a part time job, I used it for McDonalds with friends, movie tickets and the occasional clothing item that my mother declined to purchase.   If she liked it, she’d buy it.  If I liked it, but she didn’t, I had to buy it. 

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Topics: kids and learning, Empowering Our Children, Fun with Kids, Money, Teaching Kids Responsibility, Kids and Chores, Piggy Bank, Saving Money

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