Can you really save money by growing your own fruits and vegetables? Yes, of course you can if you plant your garden and grow the right things. In fact, an average plot provides an estimated 300 pounds of fresh produce worth $600, according to a study by the National Gardening Association (NGA). That estimate is based on an average gardener’s investment of $70 – so $530 is a pretty nice return!Continue reading “How to Make the Most of Your Garden to Save Money”
After over a year of cancelled vacations and staying home, many people are anxious to get back to going places and doing things. Those activity costs can add up, especially if you have a large family. Don’t worry about having to drain your savings or 401K (BTW, we don’t recommend doing that!), there are plenty of ways to get out and enjoy doing things together that are budget friendly.Continue reading “Fun and Budget Friendly Activities to do as a Couple or a Family”
Having an emergency fund during uncertain times can provide you with some peace of mind and sense of security. Whether it’s fully funded or you are just starting to build it, you may be wondering what events would qualify as emergencies and allow you to dip into those funds. Do you need to rethink priorities? Should you move things around in the budget to make space for this new expense? Or is this a legit emergency? Of course, there is no shame in using your emergency funds, but you should ask yourself these 3 questions first.Continue reading “When Should You Dip into Your Emergency Fund?”
This past year has taken its toll on a lot of people and businesses. One industry that’s suffered a lot is the restaurant industry. With hundreds of restaurant businesses closing their doors, it’s important to help support your favorite local eateries so that they can continue to serve their delicious meals and treats to the community.Continue reading “How to Support Local Restaurants without Blowing Your Budget”
When it comes to financial or money advice, it seems like everyone has an opinion – some of it can be great and definitely worth looking into, and some of it, well, it’s just really, really bad and should be avoided.
If your resolution for 2021 is to save more money or get your finances in order, here are a few pieces of BAD advice you should steer clear of.Continue reading “Financial Advice to Avoid in the New Year”
For many people, gone are the days of sitting at the kitchen table on a Sunday morning clipping coupons from the inserts. Even with online coupons, the time it takes to clip, organize, and then shop – gets quite time consuming and overwhelming. It’s a lot of work!
The average American family of four spends roughly $146 to $289 per week on food. That can really add up, and if you are struggling to save money or make ends meet, one of the easiest ways to “find” extra money in your budget is by reducing your food expenses.Continue reading “Grocery Shopping on a Budget – How to Save Money Without Coupons”
CardValet will replace My Mobile Money on September 21st, 2020.
Your spending habits may have changed dramatically in recent months with social distancing, reduced travel and a changed retail environment now the “new normal.” Are you conducting fewer in-store and in‑person transactions? Are your online purchases rising? Regardless of your spending habits and preferences, there’s little doubt that fraud continues to grow – and you remain on-guard.Continue reading “Protect Yourself from Fraud with the CardValet® Card Management App”
If being cooped up in the house all Winter followed by the COVID-19 quarantine has you and your family climbing the walls, you aren’t alone. With more temperate weather finally here, it’s important to get some fresh air, expend some energy, and of course, stay safe while doing it.
It may be a while before some of the normal Spring and Summer activities are safe and reopened for the public to take advantage of, but you are only limited by your imagination. Here are some fun, simple, and safe activities that you and your family can do – some even in your own backyard!Continue reading “Simple and Fun Family Friendly Outdoor Activities”
When it comes to doing your part to help save the Earth, a little goes a long way. Even though we only celebrate Earth Day once a year, there are a lot of lifestyle changes that you can make that are simple and easy and will benefit Mother Earth all year long.
Now, if you live in CT, chances are you have already started using your reusable bags instead of paying 10 cents for a plastic bag. But here are some other great ways to do your part in helping to save the Earth.Continue reading “Simple and Easy Ways to Celebrate Earth Day”
Knock, knock! It’s 2020 and that means it’s time for Census Bureau to conduct an official Census. You could be contacted in a variety of ways by the Census Bureau including, phone, email, mail, fax, and even in person. Given the many outlets that the Bureau uses, it opens up a myriad of scam opportunities.
Census Bureau scams can be hard to spot yet easy to fall for. Many people believe it’s their civic duty to participate, but how can you know who to trust and who are impersonators?Continue reading “How to Recognize and Avoid Census 2020 Scams”