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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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7 Fun Things to Do on Black Friday Instead of Shopping

The chaos of Black Friday has been part of our culture for decades. But a slow shift is happening as more and more people choose to skip shopping and instead head outside or spend time at home with loved ones. If that sounds like you, pick one of these fun activities to do instead.
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12 Tips to Save Money on Thanksgiving Day Dinner

It’s easy for Thanksgiving dinner costs to spiral out of control. Turkey, sides, casseroles, pies, and cakes all add up to an enormous grocery bill. But simple changes in your shopping habits and menu can provide significant savings if you plan ahead and do it right.
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7 Food Assistance Programs to Feed Your Family When in Financial Need

Right now, families are struggling to keep food on the table in nearly every corner of the country. So what do you do when you’ve tried every strategy to save money on food but still can’t make ends meet? That’s when it’s time to ask for help, and these are the places you can get it.
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7 Outdoor Activities for the Fall Season – Fun Budget-Friendly Ideas

Fall is a great time to get outside. No matter where you live, the great outdoors in the United States becomes a playground in the fall, and budget-friendly activities are plentiful. Here is a list of ideas for the best fall activities to try with your family and friends for little to no cost.
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16 Budget-Friendly Ways to Personalize Your Rental Home or Apartment

If you're like most people, you've rented a home or apartment at least once in your life. Renting can be a great way to save money for a down payment on a house or stay flexible...
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Vermicomposting (Worm Composting) – Benefits & How to Get Started

Many people already know about the benefits of composting. Vermicomposting is another option for reducing food waste and creating rich, fertile compost for your garden. But vermicomposting isn’t as simple as you think. Before you get started, read up on how to take care of your worm bin.
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7 Things Your Grandparents Lived Without & Why You Should Too

Our grandparents managed to survive and thrive without most of the conveniences and "necessities" we rely on today. And while they’re often advantageous, there are some you might be happier living without — especially since doing so can also save you a great deal of money throughout the year.
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Signs of Toxic Workplace Culture & How to Escape the Negative Environment

According to Business Insider, you'll spend 90,000 hours, or around one-third of your life, at work. If your workplace is fun, stimulating, and supportive, that time is engaging and fulfilling. However, if your workplace...
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The Importance of Failure in Life and How to Learn From Your Mistakes

Failure feels terrible. It's demoralizing, embarrassing, and can wreck your self-confidence if you let it. However, failure can be one of your most valuable teaching tools if you're willing to learn some hard lessons. Having...
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Moving Back Home With Parents as an Older Adult – How to Make It...

Moving back home as an older adult can be a blessing, especially if it helps you get back on your feet financially. But the situation can be rife with conflict and stress. But you can overcome those challenges with patience, good communication, and these tips.
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How to Eat Healthy on a Budget – Cheap Meals & Food Ideas

Many people want to eat healthier foods but don’t want to spend more money at the grocery store. Healthy food can be expensive, but there are plenty of ways to improve your food quality without spending a fortune. Read on for your guide to eating healthier without breaking the bank.
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How to Homeschool Your Child on a Budget & Save Money

60% of parents are considering home schooling instead of sending their kids back this fall. But it can get expensive if you’re not careful. Thankfully, there are many ways to give your kids an enriching education at home on a tight budget.