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Back to School: Budget-Friendly Tips for Buying College Supplies

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  • "Save Money"
  • Educational

Summer is almost over and it’s time to go back to school. Whether this is your first year shopping for college supplies or your last, it is still a huge expense that you may or may not have made a budget for. Keep reading for our tips on how to save money this year before going back to school. After all, there is already too many things to be stressed out about as it is! Don’t add shopping for college supplies to the list. 

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How to Get Out from Under a Payday Loan

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  • "Installment Loans"
  • Loans
  • Finance

A payday loan is money given by a loan store for those who need money until their next paycheck. The balance is generally due on your next payday and includes a high-interest rate. You can get an online loan or visit an actual storefront. Because the due date for the payday loan is so soon after you get the money you need, it is easy to fall into a debt spiral. Loan stores actually count on you to renew or extend your loans. In fact, 80% of all payday loans are taken out two weeks after the last one was paid in full.  Use our tips below to get out from under your payday loan. 

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Traditional Higher Education Alternatives

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  • "Tips and Tricks"
  • Educational

The societal pressures of getting a traditional college education are real, but it isn’t your only option. If you think going to a traditional university for your higher education isn’t for you, you are probably right! Avoid potentially wasting your time and save money on student loans, and choose a less traditional route. Not sure what other options you have? Don’t worry, we did some research for you! 

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Biking: The Budget Friendly Transportation Alternative

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  • "Save Money"
  • Community

If you don’t own a bike already, it might be time to think about making the investment, or at least using your local bike share service. Not only is it a cheap mode of transportation that can help you stay in budget, but it is also good for you! Check out more reasons below you should consider biking as an alternate mode of transportation. 

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Earn Extra Money with Summer Side Jobs

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  • Bills
  • Community

For college kids out of school for three months or taking classes part time, summer is the perfect opportunity to take up a side job to earn extra money. There’s a wide variety of side jobs to fit every set of skills and interests, and some won’t even feel like work. To earn extra money on evenings or weekends, consider the four side jobs in this article.

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Summer Travel Series Part 1: Save Money on Airfare

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  • "Save Money"
  • Vacation
  • Travel

Summer is a great time to travel, and for good reason. The weather is great, school is out, and there are music and street festivals all over the world.  Airfare can quickly become the most expensive part of your summer travel plans if you aren’t careful. Save money and find cheap airfare with CreditBox’s tips below. 

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The Best 4th of July Celebrations in America

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • Nevada
  • "New Mexico"
  • Utah
  • Wisconsin
  • Holidays

Are you planning to head to a 4th of July festival this year? Letting someone else put on the fireworks show and cook the food for a change? If you live in Illinois, Missouri, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah, or Wisconsin, we’ve done the work for you and scoured the internet to find the best Independence Day celebrations in every state. Check out our top picks.

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The Wedding of Your Dreams – On a Budget

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  • Wedding
  • Community

Congratulations! You’ve found the person you want to spend forever with. For the two of you, your wedding day will be one of the most important and memorable days in your entire life. You want it to be perfect. Sometimes, your beautiful wedding vision and the reality of your wedding budget don’t fit together. However, using a little creativity and prioritization, you can still have the wedding of your dreams without putting yourself into debt.

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Budget Travel: Off the Beaten Path Destinations

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  • Vacation
  • Travel

Having the travel bug can be tough if you’re trying to maintain a budget or if you’re living paycheck to paycheck. However, if you’re careful with your planning and saving, you can venture out and enjoy the world. One of the best ways to make travel and vacations more affordable is to travel to destinations that are a little off the beaten path. Because demand for airfare and hotel rooms is overall lower, the rates will be better. Plus, you’ll get to enjoy destinations with less crowds and a lower cost of living. We’ve picked four of our favorite off-the-beaten-path destinations for your budget travel plans.

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Father’s Day: Gifts that Keep Giving

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We all know the generic gifts to give dad every year. A tie, cologne, or a coffee mug. While he probably appreciates anything you give him, putting in a little more effort can go a long way. This Father’s Day, show Dad how much you appreciate him with something he really wants. These gifts may be within your budget, but if you want to make the day extra memorable, getting an installment loan with CreditBox is always a great option.

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