MONEY TIPS FOR EVERY STAGE IN LIFE

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HOW TO DOWNSIZE YOUR HOUSE

November 20, 2017

It’s easy to accumulate things, from clothes and souvenir cups to random items from previous Halloween parties. But it’s not until you decide to downsize, whether you are moving out of your parents’ house or selling your family home after retirement, that you realize how much stuff you really have. The good news is, the […]

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HOW TO BECOME A MINIMALIST

November 9, 2017

Are you tired of too much stuff in your life? Not only is clutter unattractive, but studies suggest it can cause us mental strain and stress. Minimalism is one of the latest trends among consumers that encourages cutting out anything that isn’t absolutely necessary. When applied toward your personal finances and spending habits, this mindset […]

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If you’re looking to dine on a budget in Happy Valley, State College boasts a variety of restaurants for all budget types, and we’ve created this list of some of the top spots for keeping your taste buds and wallet happy. The Corner Room A State College classic, The Corner Room is one of the […]

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Have you recently dug into gardening? Or are you thinking about getting started? There are many benefits to this hobby, such as spending time outdoors, eating healthy, and getting exercise. While starting a garden from scratch can be expensive, it usually pays off the more you grow and harvest food. However, some produce is less […]

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The kids have gone back to school, and you know what that means – it’s time to start thinking of new school lunch ideas. For many parents, school lunches present a challenge. They want their kids to enjoy their lunch, yet give them healthy, nourishing food that helps them grow and flourish. They also want […]

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It’s football season! Are you ready for some party snacks? Saturday and Sunday afternoons filled with hours of gridiron action can fire up quite an appetite in a rabid sports fan. Whether you and your friends or family are rooting for the same team or are on opposite sides of a heated rivalry, everyone can […]

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HEALTHY EATING ON A BUDGET

September 2, 2017

“Eating healthy is so expensive!”  Many of us have heard or said these words at some point. It’s a common phrase, but if you do a little digging, you’ll find that this assumption is easily discredited. Trendy health food stores seem to be popping up on every corner. They offer great wholesome foods, but often […]

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As a parent, you want the best for your child, and want to make sure they’re fully prepared before heading off to college. When it comes to money management, use the three tips below to help them get ready for financial independence. 1. Make sure they’re educated Arm your student with information to make sure […]

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Each time you purge your house of unwanted items, such as clothes the kids have outgrown or kitchen appliances you no longer use, you’re faced with a question: should you try to make money off those items by selling them, or are you better off giving them to a charitable organization? The answer isn’t black […]

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When you think of State College, you inevitably think of Penn State, the nationally renowned university. State College is a college town through and through, and much of its entertainment runs through the school. Still, there are plenty of things to do off-campus as well. State College sprang up around the school in the late […]

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Food is one of life’s necessities, but depending on the size of your family and what type of food you buy, it can be one of life’s more expensive necessities. However, with some preparation and planning, it’s possible to keep your family’s food and grocery budget under control. Before you create a food and grocery […]

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Hershey got its start as the model town envisioned by The Hershey Company founder, Milton S. Hershey. He started the community to give workers at his chocolate factories a place to live. He loved the idea of creating a place for families to thrive. More than a century later, his vision remains evident in clean […]

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When a friend or relative asks you to be their bridesmaid, your first response is most likely an excitement-filled “yes!”  However, when the planning begins, the experience may cost you more than you had initially thought. The cost of your dress, accessories, travel arrangements, gifts and events leading up to the wedding can add up […]

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Keeping the temperature of your house or apartment comfortable during the summer can get expensive. But just because temperatures may seem to rise exponentially doesn’t mean your electric bill has to. We’ve outlined some simple swaps and cost-free steps to keep your home cool and your bills low. Simple Swaps Use a Programmable Thermostat Did […]

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You’ve probably given a lot of thought to dealing with inevitabilities in life such as retirement and your kids’ college funds. But what about life’s uncertainties? You’re much less likely to plan for these things, but they’re no less important. Natural disasters are one such uncertainty. While you may feel as though you’re immune to […]

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Money can cause a lot of friction in relationships and is often cited as one of the leading causes of divorce. But your financial problems won’t always end after your marriage does. You may have to pay child support or alimony, and even if you and your partner both work, you’ll go through a reduction […]

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There are plenty of ways to plan the wedding of your dreams without breaking the bank. There’s no need to bid goodbye to that vision of walking down the aisle in a beautiful gown, or the one where you enjoy the perfect honeymoon with your spouse. In this post, we’ll explore several budget-friendly wedding reception […]

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Summer’s a popular time to fly, but plane tickets and other travel costs can add up. While the price of plane tickets may be out of your control, there are many things you can do to help keep your spending in check. Read the Fine Print Every airline has different guidelines and fees for bags. […]

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With a fast-growing population and a booming economy, the Lehigh Valley offers residents and visitors alike a great place to explore. When you visit, you’ll find many affordable things to do in Allentown, Bethlehem and Easton, PA, several of them geared toward families. From events to zoos to museums, the area has a wide variety […]

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Good money habits are important, and teaching them to your child early on sets your child up to be a financially savvy adult. Fortunately, children are naturally curious about how the world around them works, and you can use this to your advantage. Below are some ideas to use when teaching your child about money. […]

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Have you truly explored all there is to offer in Pennsylvania? There are 169 national historic landmarks in the state – 169 places for you to explore history and find new adventures. You could spend every weekend for three years exploring each one, and you still wouldn’t see them all. The best part is that […]

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What does financial freedom mean for you? For many people, it means making their money work for them so they have resources available on hand when they need them. Whether you live alone or have a family, a money management plan ensures you stay on track financially and use your resources to their fullest. A […]

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There’s nothing quite like finding the perfect weekend getaway for you and your significant other. While different couples have different ideas about what a romantic getaway is, Pennsylvania has plenty of options to offer, from a cabin in the mountains to a luxury hotel in the heart of the city. To give you a head […]

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Going on vacation is a dream for many people, but saving for this goal can be daunting. However, there are several ways to save money that will have you saying “bon voyage” faster than you may think! Set Up a Dedicated Savings Account Set up a savings account just for your trip. This will keep […]

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Are you feeling disenchanted with the high fees your bank is charging? Or perhaps you’re looking for a new way to make your money work harder for you while still giving you easy access to your funds. The answer to your banking questions is closer than you think. Credit unions, like PSECU, offer numerous advantages […]

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You don’t have to spend a fortune to eat at some of the best restaurants in Pennsylvania. As all serious foodies know, there are many establishments combining amazing dishes with affordable menus. We’ve taken some of the guesswork out of finding the most affordable and best restaurants in Pennsylvania. We’ve scoured lists of the best […]

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PUT THE FUN INTO SAVINGS

April 11, 2017

You know you should be saving money, but sometimes it’s hard to get started. In the old days, you could start simply by emptying the change in your pockets into a jar or piggy bank at night, but today we pay for just about everything with a card and don’t find ourselves with much loose […]

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FUN MONEY GAMES FOR KIDS

March 22, 2017

Games can make learning about finances fun and build important skills, too. They can even be a sneaky way to help your children practice their math skills. If you’re looking for a way to teach kids about money, try these fun board games, online games and DIY games. Board Games Monopoly® This classic board game […]

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If you and your partner have decided to combine finances, you’ll need to start taking steps to make it happen. Open and honest conversation will continue to be an important part of this process, so you should plan to work together or check in with each other as you’re going through these steps. Bills & […]

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Are you having trouble finding a place to call home that won’t break your budget? For savvy buyers looking for the right combination of budget-friendly cost of living and people-friendly communities, this ranking of the 10 cheapest places to live in PA has the information you’re looking for. Check out Movoto’s original list for a […]

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Whether you’ve always had an open dialogue with your partner about finances or only recently had the money talk, there are a lot of things to consider before combining finances. We’ve outlined nine of the most important ones below. What bills will you combine or keep separate? If you’re considering moving in together and/or getting […]

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Looking for things to do in Harrisburg that won’t break your budget? Pennsylvania’s capital city is filled with opportunities to learn, relax and enjoy yourself, no matter the time of year, even if you’re on a budget. If you’re searching for attractions in Harrisburg, PA, here’s a look at some of the most popular options […]

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For many of us, college is the first time we’re truly “on our own” – making our own schedules, doing laundry, and managing our own money. It may seem intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. We’ve highlighted some of the top tips for each year. Before Freshman Year Have an honest conversation with your […]

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Teaching your kids to be responsible with money is the best way to start them on a path toward lifelong financial stability. That’s why chores can be more than just an easy way of sharing the workload around the house. It’s important to teach kids that working hard and being diligent about saving money will […]

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