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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.
Social Impact Investing

Social Impact Investing – What It Is and How to Get Started

Investing often comes down to weighing your options and finding the right fit. There are many choices available for investing your money, from stocks to bonds to real estate, and a bit part of the decision...
Investing Bonds Basics Corporate Vs Municipal

What Are Bonds – Basics of Investing in Corporate vs. Municipal Bonds

Many people turn to bonds as a means of saving for retirement. Others use bonds as a long-term investment vehicle to fund pre-retirement goals, such as paying for a child's wedding or paying for college...
Baby Proofing House Safety Checklist

How to Baby-Proof Your House – Safety Checklist for Infants & Toddlers

When my son was a baby, I worried that he seemed to be taking a long time to start crawling. "Don't worry," fellow parent friends told me. "Soon enough, he'll be crawling all over...
female doctors

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 – 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...

Preparing for Twins – Baby Essentials Checklist & Costs

When my husband and I set out to have a second child, we were excited at the idea of giving our son a sibling. Little did we know that we'd wind up giving him two...
pregnant businesswoman

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...
Cross Country Trip Kids Fly Drive

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...
brown bag lunch

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...
Plan Camping Trip Checklist Gear

How to Plan a Family Camping Trip – Checklist of Gear to Bring

Growing up, my parents didn't have a lot of money, which meant that cruise vacations or trips to Disney theme parks generally weren't an option. Camping, however, made for a much more affordable family...