Should You Consider a “No Spending” Holiday?

By Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

’Tis the season for gift lists, mega sales and extra shopping trips as you get ready for the holidays. According to the National Retail Federation, consumers are planning to spend an average of $1,007 on decorations, candy, gifts, and other holiday-related purchases for themselves and their families in 2018.

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Back-to-School Shopping Tips

Plan ahead, spend wisely, stay secure.

Like many retail events, the back-to-school shopping season seems to start earlier and earlier. Here are ways to focus on buying only what you need, finding good values and keeping your financial information safe when shopping online or in stores.                                   Continue reading

Breaking Up with Name Brands

Reprinted Courtesy of  “It’s a Money Thing” 

Grocery shopping

Picture this scenario: you’re steering your shopping cart through the sliding doors of the supermarket, shopping list in hand. As you walk the aisles, there’s a strategy you can use to save an average of 33% on your entire purchase. It doesn’t require any coupon cutting or signing up for rewards cards. And the best part? You still get every single item on your list. The secret? Buying private-label products instead of brand-name products.

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How to Save on Back to School Shopping

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More than one-third of parents have already started.

by Jean Chatzky

Reprinted Courtesy of SavvyMoney

Shiny red apples and bright yellow pencils are popping up on computer screens, billboards and every way we look in stores. It’s that time of year again—retailers are pushing back-to-school shopping earlier and earlier, with significant results. According to Rubicon Project’s recent study of parents, more than one-third of parents have already started their back-to-school shopping, and they plan to spend an average of $917 per child. The study included K-12 parents, as well as parents of college-bound freshmen.

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