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Heather Levin

Heather Levin is a writer with over 15 years experience covering personal finance, natural health, parenting, and green living. She lives in the mountains of Western North Carolina with her husband and two young sons, where they're often wandering on frequent picnics to find feathers and wildflowers.
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15 Ways College Students Can Save Money on Back-to-School Supplies

If you’re heading to college, you’re likely experiencing a whole new level of sticker shock, even if your parents are helping you pay. College is expensive — really expensive. Fortunately, there are many ways to save money on back-to-school and dorm room supplies.
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16 Tips to Save Money on Back-to-School Supplies & Shopping List

Back-to-school time has become its own shopping season, second only to Christmas. If you’re stressed out about this upcoming drain on your bank account, take a deep breath. There are plenty of ways to avoid spending $1,000 per child this back-to-school season.
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How to Host a Summer BBQ Party at Home on a Budget

You don't need a huge budget to host a great summer barbecue. All you need is some planning and plenty of time to prep before your guests arrive. Follow these tips to throw a cookout your guests will love without breaking the bank.
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26 Side Business Ideas You Can Start Today

The U.S. is experiencing a new business boom. Becoming an entrepreneur is an excellent way to increase your income, create job security, and experience the unique thrill of being your own boss. Here are some of the best side business ideas you can start today.
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15 Tips for Shopping for Fresh Produce at Local Farmers Markets

Most communities have a local farmers market, and they're popular for a good reason. Farmers markets provide fresh, locally grown produce, as well as homemade or home-baked goods. They also make it easier to eat healthy on a budget. Read on for tips on making the most of your local farmers market.
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How to Help Your Kids Prevent the Spread of Germs at School

Parents and caregivers need to show kids and teens what they can do to build healthy habits during the school year and avoid illnesses like the common cold. These habits are especially crucial right now, with COVID-19 cases rising and seasonal flu approaching.
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10 Ways to Prepare for Future Surges of Coronavirus Infections

When the COVID-19 pandemic hit, many people scrambled to stock up on food and supplies and cope with virus-related unemployment and quarantines. We all just want to get back to normal. But a future surge of infections is possible, and we must be physically, mentally, and financially prepared. 
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8 Ways to Prepare for the Next Pandemic (Coronavirus Outbreak)

Are you prepared to stay home for weeks at a time, venturing out only when absolutely necessary, if authorities implement a stay-at-home order? Preparing for a pandemic is similar to preparing for other emergencies. But pandemics have some unique qualities. Take these steps to keep your family safe.
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Evening Routine Ideas That Can Lead to a More Productive Workday

If you’re like many people, you probably eat dinner and watch some television after work. But changing up your evening routine can improve your reputation and productivity. And these small, actionable steps can help you achieve peak performance at work tomorrow.
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10 Tips to Maximize Your WIC Benefits When Grocery Shopping

Shopping for WIC-approved foods can be a bit confusing at first. Strategies like familiarizing yourself with approved WIC items and using coupons can help ensure you make the most of your monthly allowance. But those aren’t the only ways to stretch your WIC dollars.
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11 Best Ways to Invest in Yourself & Build a Better Life (Free or...

Investing in yourself provides a great return on investment in a myriad of areas of your life, including your physical and emotional, career, education, goals, creative pursuits, passions or interests, and relationships. Find free or low-cost ideas for investing in yourself to build a better life.
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34 Fun Valentine’s Day Activities & Crafts Ideas for Kids (on a Budget)

Kids love making crafts, and Valentine’s Day provides a perfect opportunity to get their creative juices flowing. Many crafts can also double as gifts for family and friends. These Valentine’s Day craft ideas are ideal projects for kids to have fun with and show the love — on a budget.