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Family finance tips

At Gerber Life we know the value of a hard-earned dollar. And when you're raising a family, it becomes even more important to stretch that dollar as far as it can go to help you save money. Our family finance tips can help you make smart decisions for spending your money as well as help you make use of opportunities to save it. Whether it's clipping coupons before grocery shopping or throwing a do-it-yourself (DIY) children's birthday party, our family finance tips can help you think outside the box, so that you can put more money into saving.

  1. Spring-Inspired Décor That Won’t Break the Bank

    Father and Son Painting RoomSpring is the season for rejuvenation. For many of us, that means sizing up ways to refurbish our homes. Often, however, we have more dreams than dollars, and so the cushy new couch or fancy window treatments will have to wait yet another year.

    But even if you can’t afford a look worthy of Better Homes and Gardens, you can still brighten your living space with some spring-themed décor that won’t drain your wallet. Here are a few:

  2. Homemade Valentines: Sending Love While Spending Less

    Homemade ValentinesValentine’s Day is among the most popular card-giving holidays in the United States for people of all ages. Most elementary schools encourage children to bring cards to school to give to their classmates. Instead of buying your child’s Valentine’s Day cards, consider helping him or her craft cards at home. Below are some ideas to help you get started:

  3. The Olympic-Sized Costs of the Olympic Games

    Financial Graphs & ChartsThe Olympics spectacle can light up smiles, but the costs involved can make jaws drop.
    At $40 billion, China’s 2008 Olympics in Beijing is believed to be the most expensive Olympics in history. The price tag for the 2014 Olympics in Sochi, Russia, is expected to top that. Originally, costs for Sochi were estimated at $12 billion. According to NBC News, the tab is now forecasted to reach $50 billion.

    Talk about going for the gold!

    Staging and delivering the Olympics may be a costly endeavor for host cities, but additional revenue is brought in from tourism surrounding the event. Here are some interesting facts about money outlays related to the Games:

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  4. Affordable Birthday Gifts for Larger Families

    Family Birthday PartyLarge families are a blessing. They can also be challenging when it comes to shopping for birthday presents. Most families try to live within a budget, so buying an expensive gift for each child’s birthday simply isn’t feasible. Fortunately, it is possible to give a child something he or she will love without breaking the bank. Here are some tips for finding affordable birthday gifts:

  5. Managing Your Family’s Finances

    Parent Managing Family FinancesAs a parent, you never know when unexpected expenses will arise. It’s normal to experience financial hurdles from time to time, but getting back on track can be a struggle. Sometimes, all it takes is a little planning. Here are a few ways that your family can do so: