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Maurie Backman

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Maurie Backman is an experienced writer and editor based in Central NJ who enjoys blogging about everything from parenting to money management and investing. She spends much of her time chasing after her children and chipping away at her never-ending piles of laundry. She also bakes way too often.
Coinsurance Right Plan

9 Ways to Save on Medical Expenses & Healthcare

My husband and I thought our out-of-pocket medical costs were high before having kids - imagine how we felt when we brought three children into the mix. Between doctor's visits and prescription medications, we can easily spend...
Job Search Expenses

Job Search Expenses – How Much to Spend on Travel, Attire, Education & More

I spent my first summer after college rigorously searching for a full-time job. Having graduated with a fair amount of student loan debt, I knew I needed to find work right away. That, plus...
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Planning for Maternity Leave – Length, Pay & Insurance Options

At the time I became pregnant with my first baby, I was a full-time, salaried employee at an established 500-person company. Because I didn't start showing until close to the end of my second...
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8 Major Expenses for Your Toddler and How to Save Money

When my son was around eight months old, I remember glancing at our bank statement and wondering where all our money had gone. I then reviewed my receipts and credit card charges from the previous couple...
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Family Cross-Country Trips With Kids – Fly or Drive?

Though my husband and I live on the East Coast, he's originally from California, and we aim to visit his family out there at least once a year. Unfortunately, traveling across the country has...
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How Much Can You Save by Bringing Your Own Lunch Food to Work?

When I first started working in an office full-time, my favorite part of the day was walking around Midtown Manhattan and marveling at the food choices available to me. Within a three-block radius, there...
Plan Kids Birthday Party Budget

How to Plan a Kids Birthday Party on a Budget – 6 Ways to...

When our son was a baby, my husband and I kept his birthday parties simple and low-key, limiting the guest list to just family. We figured that since our son wasn't old enough to...
Stay At Home Versus Working Mom

Stay at Home Mom vs. Working Mom – What’s Right for You?

I went back to work full-time just three months after having my first child. Though I knew I'd be losing a significant chunk of my salary to daycare costs, plus a bit more to commuting...
Buying New Construction Home

Buying a New Construction Home – Process, Upgrades & Unexpected Costs

When my husband and I set out to buy a house, we searched high and low for the perfect home. Unfortunately, the more we looked, the more we came to realize that most of...
Financial Moves Prepare Beforehand

Ready for Kids? – 12 Financial Moves to Make to Prepare Beforehand

My husband and I were married for several years before we were ready to even talk about having kids. We wanted time to travel, build our careers, and simply be together without having to...
How Much Cost Have Baby

How Much Does It Cost to Have a Baby? – Medical Care, Baby Gear,...

Before I had kids of my own, I remember attending a baby shower where the majority of the guests already had children. As I sat and listened to them bemoaning their endless expenses and...
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12 Simple Ways to Save on Newborn Baby Expenses

When my husband and I set out to have a second child, we never imagined we'd be blessed with a bonus baby. But sure enough, when I went for my first trimester ultrasound around...