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Be Financially Fresh

As a working mom of three, I know first-hand the planning it takes to prepare healthy and budget-friendly meals for a family.

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Get a Jump on the Taxman

Now that the tax deadline is behind us, you could take a nice, long break from the bookkeeping. Or, you can buckle down and make sure things turn out better next time.

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The Rising Costs of 2011: What You Need to Know

Like most Americans, the Grothaus household pledged to “Save in 2011.” It was a great plan and a realistic one, too. But here we are in March, and our savings plan is in need of some significant adjustments thanks to the rising costs of everyday basic items a family of five needs.

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Give your bank account a Spring Break

For most Kansas Citians, Spring Break is only two weeks away. If you are stressing over what to do or where to go, I’ve got a great recommendation for you: This Spring Break go ahead and stay… it pays. Staycations are the cool (and smart) thing to do these days, and if done right, can create lifelong memories! Now that we’re a family of five, it’s important for us to still provide fun activities for the kids while sticking to our budget.

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Tax Refund Tips

The countdown is on – only 53 days until the April 18 tax deadline.

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Getting the most out of your tax return

You know the saying: Nothing is certain but death and taxes. Well, it’s tax time, but don’t let the prospects scare you to death! This year don’t just prepare your taxes –prepare to do more with your 2010 tax refund. While some experts say we are emerging (slowly) from this challenging economic time, there are things we should still consider doing to maximize our refunds and get more from our money.

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DIY Baby Food: quick, easy, healthy and a true cost saver!

As I prepare for my third child, I’m getting excited about one of my favorite mom activities: making baby food! Now I know the baby won’t be enjoying my homemade creations until around six months, but I’m already looking forward to, and hope to get my older kids involved in the process, too!

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Saving with Staycations!

Although getaways are great to spend with your family, they can also be pricey. Did you know the average family vacation can cost upwards of $1,000 for hotel and airfare alone? By adding a rental car, dining out and entertainment, families can conservatively spend around $2,000 on a vacation, if not more.

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