Saving Money

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. How to Reduce Your Debt and Save Money on Credit Cards

    Man Using Credit CardThe recent recession accelerated an already growing debt crisis for many Americans. Parents can easily become overwhelmed by their debt levels and the typically high interest rates that come with unsecured loans and credit cards. However, if you can maintain control and stay somewhat objective, you can systematically reduce your debt, while saving money on credit card interest and fees. Here are tips to create a successful plan to reduce your debt.

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  2. America’s Cheapest Family: The Econimides

    Thrifty Family At Grocery Store Check-outSteve and Annette Economides and their seven children have been – self-proclaimed – “America’s Cheapest Family” since 1982. They garnered a great deal of media attention in the free-spending 1980′s for their eccentricities: grocery shopping once per month, buying nothing on credit but their homes, paying one home off entirely in nine years and generally eschewing consumerism as a lifestyle. In the midst of the recent economic recession, their budgeting and financial skills no longer seemed eccentric, but essential. In 2010, they published Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with America’s Cheapest Family. An MSNBC program on the book shows video footage of their savings in action and provides budgeting tips demonstrating how the Economides feed their family for about $350 per month.

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  3. Thanksgiving Volunteering

    Family Volunteering at Thanksgiving TimeCelebrate the Season of Giving by Sharing One of Your Most Precious Assets

    How do you share your wealth, even when you’re feeling broke? Although money has its inherent worth, it is not the only thing of value that we can give to help people in need. Time is precious to all of us, and so sharing some of your time can be a powerful and rewarding way to celebrate the Thanksgiving season.

  4. Our Treat to You: Money-Saving Halloween Tips for Parents

    Cost-Effective Costumes & CandyAre you ready to be scared? You, your friends and millions of other American consumers spent … eek! … a combined $6.9 billion1 on Halloween in 2011! That number is expected to rise even higher this year.

    Just think of all that you could buy with that amount of money:

  5. Tips for Saving Money on Gas

    Father Pumping Gas at Gas StationIt’s Possible

    Unfortunately for your family transportation budget, you can’t gradually wean your cars off of fuel or stretch your tanks of gas by watering the fuel down, much the same as a summer camp might stretch their powdered milk supply. Saving money on gas costs is possible, however, by some common sense measures and an initial investment toward the ultimate goal of decreasing fuel use.

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