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Sarah Graves

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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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...
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40 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Teens (on Every Budget)

Teens are a tricky group to buy for. They're the first to latch onto the latest trends. And thanks to the rapidly shifting influence of social media, their tastes change faster than you can...
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26 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Tweens (on Every Budget)

Tweens are children between the ages of 10 and 12. Short for "between," tweens are no longer kids but not yet teenagers. They vacillate between the two in their tastes and interests. That can...
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14 Ways to Save Money When Dining Out With Kids at Family-Friendly Restaurants

Americans love eating out at restaurants and aren’t likely to stop. And if it’s something you truly enjoy doing with your family, there may be room for it in your budget. After all, part of raising kids involves creating fun experiences and shared memories, and eating out on occasion can be one way — though certainly not the only way — your family does that. Here are the best ways to save money when eating out with your family.
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64 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Kids of All Ages (on Every Budget)

Of everyone on our lists, kids are the most fun to buy holiday gifts for. Sharing their delight and wonder reinvigorates our joy for the holiday. So it's no wonder a 2018 survey by ipostparcels,...
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40 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Grandparents (on Every Budget)

Shopping for grandparents is unquestionably tough. They've sat through our boring school recitals, endured our sticky fingers on their furniture, and rarely ever said no to buying us an extra toy. They deserve something special....
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Living in an Independent Senior Living Community During Retirement

Once upon a time, retirement homes were synonymous with nursing homes - places people went when they were no longer able to care for themselves. Too often, it meant wasting away at the end...
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10 Best Baby Monitors – Types, Features & How to Choose

Any new parent quickly learns a baby in need shrieks loud enough to wake the neighborhood. But baby monitors are still a must-have baby item for many, offering the extra reassurance that everything's OK, even when...
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10 Best Baby Swings & Gliders – Types, Features & How to Choose

Anyone who's ever cared for a baby knows how hard it is to get anything done when you only have one free hand. The fourth trimester is real, and you're hardly alone if your...
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What Is Intermittent Fasting – Benefits & Downsides, How It Works

Intermittent fasting (IF) has become one of the hottest health trends. Some use it to lose weight, others to combat diseases like diabetes and cancer. Regardless of the reason, people considering IF usually have...