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Sarah Graves, Ph.D. is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance, parenting, education, and creative entrepreneurship. She's also a college instructor of English and humanities. When not busy writing or teaching her students the proper use of a semicolon, you can find her hanging out with her awesome husband and adorable son watching way too many superhero movies.
Liberal Arts Major For College

6 Benefits of a Liberal Arts College Degree in the 21st Century

After a decade of tepid economic growth coupled with soaring college tuition costs, many are concerned about the value of a college education. Undergraduates feel increasingly pressured to choose majors that will lead as...
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10 Money-Saving Benefits of Organizing Your Home (on a Budget)

According to a number of studies, whether we are dedicated neat freaks, total slobs, or — like most of us — fall somewhere in the middle, we all feel the effects of a cluttered...
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How Colleges Can Better Help Students Transition to the Real World Workplace

Many are currently questioning the value of pricy college degrees that may or may not lead to well-paying jobs. According to researchers Jaison R. Abel and Richard Deitz of the Federal Reserve Bank of...
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25 Creative Ideas for a Romantic Date Night at Home (on a Budget)

We’ve all heard that regular date nights are important to keep a marriage healthy and strong. Yet these days, everyone is busy, tired, and overspent. Add kids to the mix, and it only gets...
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50 Ideas to Upgrade & Decorate Your Apartment or Rental Home on a Budget

Because a rental is not your own, it can be challenging to make it feel as though it is — to customize your space to suit your tastes and give it those personal touches that...
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25 Fun Date Night Ideas for Parents on a Budget ($20 or Less)

Date nights are good for us. They strengthen marriages, deepen connection, and even increase sexual satisfaction. That's the finding of one of the most prominent studies on the subject, "The Date Night Opportunity" report...
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How to Agree With Your Spouse About Money & Avoid Financial Problems in Marriage

If you and your spouse argue about money, you’re not alone. According to a 2014 Harris Poll, money is the No. 1 thing couples fight about, and a study by Kansas State University found that...
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How to Talk to Your Aging Parents About Estate Planning & Advance Care –...

There is one guarantee in life that none of us can escape: We will all die someday. If we’re lucky enough, we’ll do this when we’re old, slipping peacefully away in our sleep, but...
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11 Ways to Save on Babysitting & Child Care Costs

As much as we may love our kids and can't imagine anyone taking care of them better than we can, there comes a time for all parents when it’s necessary to enlist the help...
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Does It Matter Where You Go to College?

Many students and parents believe that attending an elite university is a golden ticket to a prosperous future. And that belief isn’t entirely unfounded, as statistics continue to show the majority of the country’s...
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25 Ways to Teach Your Kids About Gratitude This Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving is a time to give thanks, to count our blessings and focus on all the good things in our lives. And though we’re reminded at this holiday to express gratitude, it’s important to...