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  1. How to Put Multiple Children Through College Simultaneously

    Brother and Sister OutsideSaving for college is no easy feat even for just one child. Paying for more than one college education simultaneously can really break the bank. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the average annual cost for college tuition, room and board for a student at a four-year public college was more than $14,000 during the 2011 – 2012 school year. By the year 2030 that number could balloon to more than $40,000 per year. How can a parent afford for more than one child to attend college at the same time?

    Here are some solutions to help families of any size send their kids to college:

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    Categories: College Planning
  2. 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:

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    Categories: Saving Money
  3. Four Tips to Spring Clean Your Diet

    Father Cutting PeppersEasy ways to start eating healthier – without overhauling your diet.

    Spring is the season of new beginnings, so you’re primed for some positive changes in your life. Wait a minute, isn’t that the way you felt back on Jan. 1 when you made the same lofty resolutions?

    If you failed to make good on your New Year’s resolutions, hope is not lost and spring is eternal, right? Here are some simple strategies for eating – and feeling – healthier in the weeks and months ahead:

  4. Spring Festivities Quiz

    Spring Tree in FieldSay ‘goodbye’ to winter and a hearty ‘hello’ to spring!

    The arrival of spring never fails to raise our collective spirits, the beginning of warmer weather and longer daylight hours. Flowers bloom, leaves sprout, and birds sing with gusto.

    According to The Old Farmer’s Almanac, spring 2014 arrives in the Northern Hemisphere on March 20 at 12:57 p.m. EDT. On the first day of spring – the vernal equinox – day and night are each approximately 12 hours long.

    Spring has traditionally been a time to recharge the heart, mind and soul – and to welcome festivals, holidays and all manner of celebrations. Get caught up in the spirit of the season with our spring festivities quiz.

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  5. Dried Flower Art Projects for Springtime

    Dried FlowersThink spring, and flowers immediately come to mind. From crocuses and pansies to tulips and lilacs, spring brings a bounty of color to our winter-weary lives.

    Flowers are the inspiration, as well as the raw material, for some fun art projects. For example, you can use pressed flowers to personalize items such as cards, soaps and candles. You don’t even need a green thumb. A little patience and imagination will spring your creation to life.
     
    These dried flower art projects will ensure your family has a “scentsational” spring: