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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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37 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Tweens (on Every Budget)

Like teenagers, tweens gravitate toward what’s cool among their peer group. But tweens also have their own unique interests. To take the guesswork out of buying for the tweens on your holiday list, everything in this gift guide is age-appropriate and tween-approved.
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Federal vs. Private Student Loans – Which Are Better? (Pros & Cons)

Not all student loans are created equal. Taking out the right kinds of loans is a key part of being able to manage your student debt after graduation. Here’s what you need to know to weigh your options between federal and private student loans.
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34 Fun Thanksgiving Activities, Games & Crafts Ideas for Kids

Most people think of Thanksgiving as a food holiday. But Thanksgiving is really about gathering with family and friends to enjoy time together and share our gratitude for one another. These fun crafts and activities will keep little ones and grown-ups alike occupied, connected, and grateful.
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36 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Babies & Toddlers

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.
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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.
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30 Best Christmas Gift Ideas for Teachers

Teachers typically claim they don't need any gifts because teaching is reward enough. Yet the job of any teacher - whether of kids, teens, or adults - is immensely difficult. It requires gobs of...
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How to Start a WordPress Blog on Bluehost – Complete Guide

If you're looking for a way to bring in some extra income and have a passion you'd enjoy sharing with others, blogging could be a great side gig or even potential full-time job for you....
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8 Best Student Loan Refinance Companies – Reviews & Comparison

If, like many, you graduated college with some student loan debt, you may be concerned about paying it off as quickly as possible. If you can manage your monthly payment and have excellent credit,...
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50 Halloween Party Food Ideas & Recipes for Snacks & Appetizers

Despite the implication of personal choice in children’s whimsical door-to-door seasonal query, Halloween is more about treats than tricks. And there’s no reason that can’t go beyond candy. Even if you’re not an expert cook, there are tons of easy and inexpensive Halloween recipes to choose from.
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47 Homemade DIY Halloween Costume Ideas That Are Easy to Make

It’s hard to imagine Halloween without costumes. But if you’ve spent so much time finding the perfect elements for your kids’ Halloween festivities you’ve neglected your own, these easy, affordable DIY Halloween costumes will save the day — and your best-dressed reputation.
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15 Halloween Costume Ideas for Babies, Toddlers & Kids – Homemade DIY

Costumes for babies, toddlers, and preschoolers present a special challenge each Halloween. Most aren’t old enough to care what they are, but parents still enjoy dressing them up. But don’t break the bank on a costume your kid probably won’t remember. These DIY options are perfect for little ones.
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24 DIY Group Halloween Costume Ideas for Couples, Families or Friends

While it’s fun to dress solo, you can have a blast with couples or group Halloween costumes. You could drop a lot of cash buying costumes for everyone, but it’s easy to cut costs when you DIY. So grab your partner, BFF, family, or friend group, and go all-in on one of these coordinating looks.