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How to Reassess Your Spending Plan in 7 Steps

[ad_1] Just like how your needs and preferences change, so do your spending and saving patterns. In turn, budgets are living, breathing things. With that in mind, the end of year is the perfect time to take a deeper look at your money situation and make changes to your spending plan. After all, how can you get to your destination without an up-to-date roadmap? Here are steps to take to review your spending plan, and make tweaks accordingly: 1. Account for Changes in Living Expenses If you’re feeling a bit of a squeeze with your budget, there are greater forces at large. It...

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Tips For Surviving The Holidays After Divorce

[ad_1]Here are some practical ideas for surviving the holidays, especially if this is your first Christmas as a single woman. As we all know, the holidays can be stressful, but it seems even worse after a divorce. When the holiday stress starts, take a deep breath and use some of the suggestions below to help you survive the season.Article by Shelley StileThe Holidays are upon us once again and for many of you, this might be the first time around as a new unit, I.E. without your ex. It's a difficult time, no doubt about it, and just another...

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Top Tips to Save on Big Purchases

[ad_1] Living an ultra-frugal lifestyle can get exhausting. It feels good to save money, but some people take it to extremes that border on compulsive. When you find yourself scouring the internet to find a coupon for 10% off a tube of toothpaste, it’s probably time to reevaluate your priorities. But there are times when extreme frugality actually pays off, such as when shopping for a large purchase. The 10% coupon that seemed so silly to use on toothpaste could be worth hundreds if used on a couch from West Elm. Getting as little as 3% cash back on a new...

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How To Stay Healthy During A Divorce

[ad_1] Divorce has a way of impacting nearly every part of your life. The costs of divorce – attorney fees, child support, alimony, and more – can wreck your finances. Depending on how the division of property goes, your living situation can drastically change. And worst of all, divorce can even change the amount of time you get to spend with your children. With so much at stake, it is understandable if you start to feel stressed and overwhelmed. That can take a huge toll on both your mind and body. It is critical to be proactive in taking steps to minimize the...

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7 Things You Can Do For a Struggling Single Mom at Christmas · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  It’s Christmas and you’re busy. You’ve got gifts to buy, parties to attend, meals to plan and family coming in from out of town. Single moms are busy too. They are busy working low-paying jobs, making sure her children have a hot dinner on the table, helping with homework and worrying about how to afford and fit into her schedule all that comes along with giving her children a “Merry Christmas.” In the United States today, there are nearly 13.6 million single moms raising over 21 million children. That’s 21 million children who believe in Santa and deserve to experience the joy...

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How to Keep Your Home Safe From a Major Snowstorm

[ad_1] The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re like most, you may be tempted to deck your halls with all the trappings of the season. But before you do, it’s worth remembering that the holidays have the potential to bring some not-so-merry tidings. Between the numerous parties, the abundant cooking, the entertaining and the traveling, your home faces more hazards during the holiday season than you may think.   Here are six ways you can protect your home, family and finances during the most wonderful time of the year.   Tend to Your Tree   The centerpiece of your holiday décor —...

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How To Reduce Your Single Mom Holiday Shopping Stress · Divorced Moms

[ad_1]  You’re a divorced mom, raising kids, working outside the home, keeping up with holiday school functions, and probably dealing with an ex who wants to change the holiday visitation schedule. That’s a recipe for taking all the holly jolly out of Christmas! Lines, crowds and stress — if that describes your holiday shopping experience, you’re doing it all wrong. The cost of gifts and decorations can add up quickly, but there are plenty of ways to reduce the dent in your wallet and hold onto your holiday spirit. Here are 8 money and time-saving tips to minimize your single mom holiday...

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Finding Comfort After Divorce

[ad_1] Ending a relationship is never easy. Ending a commitment that you expected to be a life-long partnership and journey through life together is entirely something different. In going through the divorce process, you are experiencing intense amounts of stress. Between the legal hurdles involved in separating one life into two individual ones and the emotional toll that it can take, you are going to need to surround yourself with support and find comfort along the way. Legal aid That support starts with your family law attorney, who helps you throughout the legal experience and protects your future. They stand for you when...

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Newly Unemployed? How to Get Your Money Situation in Order

[ad_1] Staying on top of your finances when you have a steady paycheck is one thing, but if you’re in between jobs, that’s an entirely different story. It may be far too easy to bury your head in the sand, and momentarily escape from your sorrows by stress-eating sweets. When I was unexpectedly let go from a contract job a few years ago, for the first time in my adult life I was without a full-time job. It’s easy to feel like you’re life is spinning out of control, and to let your finances go on the fritz. However, there are...

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Are You Waiting on a Fairy Tale?

[ad_1]  For generations, women have been raised to look for their own Prince Charming. We have been programmed to want the fairy tale lives that we grew up watching in Disney movies. I am no different. Somehow, even the middle-aged me, still wants the romantic fairy tale. I’m also waiting on the fairy tale. However, for the sake of argument, I want to point out that we never really hear the end of the story in fairy tales. In our minds, we equate finding the right man (our soul mate) to “Living Happily Ever After.” I am not saying that soul mates aren’t...

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