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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. Tips for Saving Money on Insurance

    Family Setting Up Home Alarm SystemTips for saving money on insurance can affect couples and single parents alike. There are so many options and coverages, the choices can make anyone confused and frustrated. Some simple tips can save parents money that can be used for other necessities.

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  2. Holiday Budget Tips

    Family Budgeting For The HolidaysAn Old-Fashioned Approach to Avoiding Gift-Budget Blues

    Tis’ the season to be jolly – and a little frantic about how to stretch your budget to cover gift purchases for all of your nearest and dearest. Not to mention gratuities and thank you gifts for teachers, garbage collectors, the mail carrier, newspaper deliverers and other professionals  – the list seems endless.

    Whether celebrating Christmas, Chanukah or Kwanzaa or kicking off the New Year by hosting a Champagne soiree, tis’ definitely the season of spending. This year, try starting a new tradition that will take the strain out of holiday splurging for next year:  Start an old-fashioned “Christmas Club” or “Holiday Club.” Get started with our holiday budget tips:

  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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.

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