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Back to School: Buying Textbooks on a Budget

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College tuition and housing are expensive on their own, but going back to school has lots of costs that aren’t always apparent up front. Thinking and planning for these hidden expenses beforehand will help you stay on track with your budget and graduate with less student debt. One of the hidden expenses of going back to school is buying textbooks. Textbooks are much more expensive than regular books, and if each of your classes requires multiple books, the cost can add up before you know it. In this article, we have four tips on saving money on textbooks. 

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15 Things You Can Get for Free (or Nearly Free) on Your Birthday

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It’s your birthday; your special day; the one day of the year that can be all about you. What could make your birthday even better? All the freebies and discounts you can get during your birthday month. We’ve got a list of 15 restaurants, stores, and brands that offer coupons and free items for your birthday. Most of them require you to become a part of their perks program, but getting a few emails and collecting points is a fair trade for their freebies.  

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Budget Holiday: D.I.Y. 4th of July Party

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Throwing a great 4th of July party doesn’t have to mean spending a lot of money. With a little bit of research and elbow grease, you can throw an awesome Independence Day party and stay under budget. We’ve got some creative ideas in this article to help you throw a 4th of July bash they’ll be talking about for years. 

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When Buying Bulk Saves You Money

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Buying more than you need to save money seems like a counterintuitive notion, but sometimes buying in bulk can be the smartest way to shop. When you buy in bulk, you’re typically paying less per item that if you bought them separately. Plus, buying bulk saves you from using gas to go to the store because you’ll go far less often. 

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The Art of Learning: How to Take College Courses on the Cheap

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Learning is addictive and can be one of the best things you can do to further your career. However, sometimes getting a college degree or graduate degree is out of reach financially. You can still take your education into your own hands and gain valuable skills for cheap or free. 

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How to Make the Most of Your Staycation

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If you can’t afford to go on a vacation or weekend getaway this summer, take time for a staycation to relax and recharge. There are plenty of ways you can make staying at home just as rewarding as getting away. We’ve got tips and tricks to help you find your creativity and make the most of your staycation.

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Renting Vs. Buying: What’s Best for You?

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In the past, buying your own home was the American dream. Now, more and more individuals, couples, and families are opting to rent instead. How can you decide which option is right for you?

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5 Reward Apps that Help You Earn Extra Money

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Earning a little bit of money on the side to help boost your income can make all the difference. If you have some spare time, you can easily make a little extra money every day. Here are 5 mobile apps that reward you for using them (and, bonus, they’re also pretty fun to use). 

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10 Ways to Save on an Epic Spring Break Vacation

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Whether you’re a student traveling on Spring Break or you’re someone who just needs a break from the cold temperatures of a long winter, March is the perfect month for a getaway. Many shy away because they feel stuck between traveling well and staying on-budget. Traveling in style doesn’t have to be costly if you use a few tricks. We’ve got some ways you can save money and enjoy your vacation, sans the worry of blowing your budget. 

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Best Apps for Financial Planning

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For some, financial planning comes easily; for the majority, it’s a hard thing to wrap our heads around. There are so many factors to consider, including income, bills, savings, and investments, that it can seem impossible to master. With the help of financial planning and savings apps available on your phone or computer, you can take a step toward taking control of your money.

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