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Read more about 'Money Talk' with your kids and how to help them become money smart.

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new iconThe Gift That Actually Keeps on Giving – While the holidays are most known for gift exchanges and family feasts, they are also a great opportunity to teach children valuable lessons about a different type of giving. + more

Holiday Travel is a feat not for the faint of heart – Being with family and friends during the holiday season makes everything better. What will not make the holidays any merrier is winding up with an overdrawn bank account on January 1st. Find out what you need to know as Holiday travel season looms. + more

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Setting financial goals isn't easy, especially for college students and recent grads. So we've added a tab to help young adults prepare for financial independence.
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Did you Know?

Almost half, 48 percent, of the notes printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing are $1 bills.

The word budget comes from the French "bougette", a little bag.

Bring food and drinks from home for after sports practice and you'll save money!

The U.S. Treasury says that Americans hold about $15 billion in loose change.

Despite the New York Stock Exchange's notoriety, it was not the first stock exchange in the United States.

Keep a money diary that tracks what you save and spend. It will tell you about when, why, and how you use money.

You can save a lot of money on magazines and books by visiting your local library.

When you use a debit card, money comes out of your account immediately. It's like cash, not like a credit card.

If you had ten billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would take 317 to go broke.

When you're shopping, avoid impulse purchasing. Make a list. It an item's not on the list, don't buy it.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has 118 grooves, according to the U.S. Mint.

Making a big purchase? Do your research at the library and online to make sure you are getting the best price.

Tired of old electronic games? Trade them in for different games at a video/game exchange center.

There are many ways to help others: you can give money, your time and energy or items you no longer use.

It may seem silly to buy a winter coat in August, but you can save a lot by purchasing off-season items online.

Looking for some low cost activities for your family? Check out the community calendar at the local library.

Martha Washington is the only women whose portrait has appeared on U.S. currency.

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollack.

When you buy a stock in a company you become a shareholder, and own a 'part' of that company.

Coins usually survive in circulation for about 30 years and a one dollar bill usually lasts for about 18 months.

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Just for Moms

Tax time is here! It's not too soon to get your papers in order with our tips.

Just for Moms

3 Small Ways to Save Big in 2015

Whether or not you're a fan of holding yourself to strict New Year's resolutions, January is always a good time to remind yourself of healthier ways to live – both physically and financially. These easy to implement ideas can help the family budget get fit this year.

  1. Kick the habit…
    …the gourmet coffee shop habit that is. There are now many at home coffee brew options that can deliver the coffee house flavor without the coffee house cost. And leaving the lattes alone adds up… to the tune of more than $1,000 per year. This site is a great one-stop resource for all your home brewing needs.
  2. Pack a lunch
    Research shows that, on average, Americans go out for lunch twice a week and spend $10 each time. Multiply that over a year and that's a major utility bill or even a trip. Check out this savings calculator to see how big a bite you can take out of your expenses by brown-bagging it.
  3. Buy in bulk
    Packing lunches means more groceries. While most people are generally aware of the benefits of buying in bulk, maximizing savings to the fullest is a bit of science. This article covers everything you need to know to become a bulk buy pro.