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How to Shop for Used Clothes — and Why You Should

July 12th, 2018

Buying used clothes at thrift stores may seem like a smart way to slash your spending — and it is. You ought to get gold stars and stickers for spending $10 on jeans instead of $50.


5 Mobile Banking Alerts to Help You Fight Fraud

July 12th, 2018

If a bank account is a house for your money, then mobile alerts are your alarm system. These email or text alerts can help you keep track of when your money enters and exits your accounts — and make sure there’s no breaking-and-entering either.


Fresh Ways to Save Some Green at the Farmers Market

July 02nd, 2018

The difference between the produce at farmers markets and supermarkets is more than “tomayto” versus “tomahto.” And buying fresh fruit and vegetables at farmers markets offers opportunities to save money in ways you might not find at a grocery store.The produce sold at most supermarkets is typically harvested before it’s ripe, says Chris Curtis, executive director of Seattle Neighborhood Farmers Markets. Then it’s transported — often long distances — before arriving at the store, she says. The many people involved in getting a tomato from the vine to the store and, finally, into your tote may get a slice of your payment, Curtis says. That doesn’t leave much for the farmer.When you buy a tomato at a farmers market, however, “almost all of your dollar is going directly to the grower,” Curtis says. That grower picked the produce ripe, soon before selling it. A recently harvested peach tastes better than that “hard little green ball” sold at large retailers, she says.


How to Lower Your Energy Bill

June 27th, 2018

Energy bill too high? It might be time to consider the physics behind your energy use. The scientific attributes of heat and energy mean particular appliances and factors affect your utilities bill disproportionately.


5 Survival Strategies for Camping on a Budget

May 31st, 2018

Exploring nature and sleeping under the stars can be viewed as an economical vacation. But buying gear and booking campsites or renting an RV can add up.


8 Ways to Get Cheap Movie Tickets

May 31st, 2018

Grab a movie ticket, snacks and a seat. As the lights dim in the theater, take a look around. Spoiler alert: The person sitting next to you might have paid less to see the same movie.


Rake in Cash at Your Yard Sale

May 31st, 2018

Your yard sale hosting strategy can determine whether you rake in cash or waste a day. If you pull it off, others get to enjoy the items collecting dust in your home while you pocket extra money.


6 Smart Ways to Travel Cheaply

May 21st, 2018

Memorable vacations can come with a price tag you’d rather forget. But with proper planning, smart research and a flexible attitude, you can travel cheaply and still have an experience worth remembering. Here’s how.


Home Loan Roadmap

May 14th, 2018

The home loan process can seem a bit overwhelming at times. It doesn’t have to be. Our team will help you every step of the way. To get you started, we created a road map to guide you.


7 Banking Tips for Young Millennials

April 30th, 2018

Once you start receiving your first paychecks after graduation, knowing how to spend or save your money wisely can be tough. While you may be able to do your banking with just a few taps on your phone, managing money well is much more complicated. Here are a few tips to help you get started.