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  1. Grocery Shopping Tips for Saving Money at Check Out

    Couple Using Coupons at Grocery StoreAccording to the U.S. Department of Agriculture Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion’s January 2012 Cost of Food Survey, an average family of four living on a moderate spending budget accumulates a monthly grocery shopping bill of approximately $861 – $1,024. Those numbers are only expected to rise as inflation and fuel prices continue to escalate – leaving many families to wonder how they will afford such high register check-out prices. Fortunately, there are some grocery shopping tips you can use to trim back your grocery bill each month without sacrificing too many of the foods you enjoy most.

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  2. Parenting Tips: Talking To Kids About Adoption

    Mother and Daughter Talking About AdoptionAdopting a child is a life-changing event that induces both excitement and anxiety for potential parents. If you already have children at home, chances are that they are experiencing the same emotions. One of the most important parenting tips for adoptive families with other children is to talk to your kids about adoption and encourage the discussion of emotions and expectations. To help ease the transition for your children, it’s important to maintain an open dialogue with them throughout the adoption process, as well as after your new family member comes home.

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  3. Going Green Tips: Save the Earth and Your Wallet

    Groceries in Reusable Canvas BagWe’d all like to go green – trade in that gas-guzzling SUV for an electric car, transform the backyard into an organic vegetable garden, and remodel the house using sustainable, environmentally friendly materials. But these changes represent a substantial investment of time, effort – and money.

  4. Fire Safety: Be Prepared in Case of Fire

    Fire Safety AwarenessA house fire is one of the most devastating events a family can experience. Fires may destroy your home’s structure, and they can also cause physical harm if members of your family aren’t able to evacuate the building. For these reasons, preparing for a fire is an essential goal in every household. Below are some strategies you can use to prepare your family and home for the possibility of a fire.

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  5. Can 529 Funds Be Used for General Living Expenses at College?

    Using 529 Funds for General Living ExpensesEvery parent looks forward to that time when their children get accepted to their chosen college or university. It’s a time of great excitement and pride of accomplishment for both parents and children.

    It is also a time of nervousness and uncertainty for both parties regarding the new environment, friends, work load, and most importantly, finances.

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    Categories: College Planning