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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.
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How to Keep Kids From Regressing During School Breaks – 52 Resources

All over the U.S., millions of kids are facing extended school closures due to the global COVID-19 pandemic. And it’s left many parents wondering how to home school their children. If you’re one of them, don’t panic. Try these tips from a 20-year teaching veteran and mom.
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How to Keep Your Kids Busy When You Need to Work From Home

If you’re working from home while your kids are out because of COVID-19 school closures, you have to find a way to keep them occupied so you can get your work done. Take these tips from a 20-year veteran teacher and mom to keep yourself productive and your kids entertained.
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10 Money-Saving Benefits of Organizing Your Home (on a Budget)

We all feel the effects of a cluttered and disorganized home. Being better organized can help you keep track of your stuff, shop better, increase your productivity, and even contribute to your health and happiness. But best of all, there are several ways organizing can save you money.
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How Much Does It Cost to Adopt a Child?

Adoption is rarely a financial decision, but rather a decision of the heart. Still, it’s crucial to be aware of the expenses involved so you can be financially prepared to bring home your new family member. Here are the costs you should consider if you’re planning to adopt a child.
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50 Resources Schools & Teachers Can Use During COVID-19 Closures

As COVID-19 school closures continue, educators are scrambling to figure out how to keep teaching students when they can’t be in the same room. Fortunately, many companies have tools available for all grade levels, from kindergarten through college. And much of it is currently free or discounted.
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How to Prepare for an Extended School Closure With Your Kids

With schools across the country closing due to the COVID-19 pandemic and nearly 1 in 4 Americans without paid time off, preparing for school closures is one of the most critical forms of coronavirus preparation you can do. But what can a parent do to keep themselves working and their kids learning?
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How to Afford Adoption – 11 Ways to Come Up With the Finances to...

The cost of adopting a child can feel like an insurmountable obstacle for many families. Fortunately, there are a variety of options to help you afford adoption. See which resources can help you overcome the financial barrier and create your forever family.
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How to Make Money Blogging – 12 Ways to Monetize Your Blog

You may have heard the stories of bloggers who are able to work remotely from anywhere in the world while earning six figures or more putting in part-time hours. All it takes is a...
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Income-Driven Repayment Plans for Federal Student Loans – Guide

Student loans are one of the most significant debt burdens Americans face, and for many Americans, that debt has become unmanageable. But defaulting on student loans can have dire consequences. An income-driven repayment plan can help — and for some, even lead to loan forgiveness.
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Ibotta Review – Redeem Offers and Earn Cash Back

Groceries are one of the largest items on many people's budgets. According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, the average American family spent over $7,700 - $641 per month - on food in 2017,...
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Container Gardening 101: How to Grow Your Own Food in Plant Pots

These days, more and more people are enjoying the benefits of food gardening. According to a five-year study of gardening trends in the U.S. by the National Gardening Association (NGA), more than one in...
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36 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Babies & Toddlers

Brand-new little ones are some of the most fun people to buy holiday gifts for. For many parents, it's hands down one of the most special times of their lives. The holidays can become...