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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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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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25 Jobs That Burn the Most Calories – How to Be More Active at...

Your desk job might literally be killing you. According to the American Heart Association, sitting for long periods has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease, stroke, and diabetes.Even worse, a 2015 study...
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Should You Lower Your Monthly Student Loan Payments?

Your potential lifetime earnings as a college graduate can far outweigh your total student loan debt. It’s just about finding the best ways for you to manage this debt and offload it as quickly as possible. Are you struggling to make your student loan payments? Find out ways you can lower your monthly payments to an amount that you can afford.
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Should You Do It Yourself (DIY)? – When It Pays and When It Doesn’t

Do-it-yourself (DIY) projects can be a great way to save money. And the Internet makes projects of all types and complexity seem accessible thanks to a seemingly infinite selection of instructional videos and blog...
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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...