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07.25.11

Planning a Movie Night: Kiosks vs Digital Services

Alex Gutow

A movie night can be a great way to spend an evening. However, there are now more options than ever when it comes to how you will find and watch your movie. Movie kiosks, such as Redbox or Blockbuster, and digital services, such as Netflix and HuluPlus, each have pros and cons. We are here to help you decide what

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07.18.11

Alternative and Affordable Entertainment

Alex Gutow

Entertainment can often be the downfall of many budgets. When you think about going out, many people assume that means dinner and a movie, which can get expensive. However, there are plenty of options out there to keep you entertained without breaking the bank. Here are seven affordable ways to spend the day. Frisbee Golf Image Source This relatively new

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07.05.11

When to Buy Supplemental Insurance

Alex Gutow

When the subject of insurance is bundled with a product or service, many of us are at a loss for what to do. Some people swear by these policies and can give you an example of when they were fortunate to have it, like when their television was fried in an electrical storm or the time they dropped their cell

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06.22.11

The Envelope Budget

Alex Gutow

50% of Americans are in debt. In fact, the average household debt is just over $8,000! That means millions of people are searching for a way to get out of debt while the others are struggling to avoid it. One budgeting system that financial gurus like Dave Ramsey have vouched for is the envelope system. This system is a simple

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06.15.11

Earn Money Recycling

Alex Gutow

Do you have anything in your home that you want to get rid of, but you don’t know the best way to go about it? The good news is that there is a way to clear the clutter from your home and even earn some money at the same time. Here are four great ways to recycle old items in

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06.06.11

Teach Your Children About Money.

Alex Gutow

The recent recession reminded many families about the importance financial management. It also made it obvious that no child is too young to learn how to manage their finances. The mortgage crisis is a great example of what happens to people who don’t have enough financial information – many people signed mortgages they could not afford or that had terms

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05.25.11

The Road To Financial Independence: The Student Credit Card

Alex Gutow

As the end of the school year nears, the excitement of going off to college is building for many high school seniors. One of the most exciting things for these incoming freshmen is the independence that college will bring: no curfew, no parents and no easy access to parent’s wallet when they need some extra money. Before this class heads

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