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5 Things to Ask Before You Splurge That Will Save You Money

Let’s face it. Not everyone likes to shop, but we can all agree that buying things is fun. What a joy it is to see something and picture yourself wearing it, just turning heads. Or imagine a splurge on that dream vacation you've always wanted to take. You get the feeling that by buying "it" your life may change for the better. But there’s a catch...You have to pay for it, and if you're financially smart you'll be paying for it as long as you have it (or longer). Before you get out of control, here are 5 questions to ask your before you splurge on your next purchase to help you spend smarter!Before you splurge | Busy Wife Busy Life

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6 Trends You Need to Embrace this Spring

Spring timeThere may be no change more welcomed than the change from winter to spring. Say bye bye to freezing temps, snow and early-onset darkness and hello to sun, flowers and warm, breezy weather. Unlike Mother Nature, things in your life like your clothes, home, and food, don't automatically change with the season. Instead, it's up to you to transition from winter to spring. To make this easier, we’ve gathered some of the top trends for spring 2017. Adopt as many as you like until you feel as fresh as the world around you. 

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Delicious Holiday Drink Recipes That You and Your Guests Will Love

Holiday drinks

This holiday season, you want an excuse to bring together all of your favorite people. You feel like setting the stage for a shared good time, so you've elected to host a holiday party. Go you!

But whether you're a first-time party host or you're throwing your twentieth annual Christmas bash, it never hurts to give your guests something new to look forward to. This season, why not make it happen with a few fun holiday drinks? So rather than relying solely on eggnog to satisfy those thirsty guests, try throwing some new festive cocktails into the mix. Here are seven ideas to get you started.

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Fashionable and Practical Must Have Travel Necessities When Flying

view from flying

Any frequent flyer knows that you cannot simply pack a carry-on bag without thinking about all of the things you will want or need on a flight. This task gets increasingly difficult depending on the length of the flight itself. There is an art form to figuring out how to fit all of your travel necessities into a carry on to wheel along with you.

When you have an eye for style, it makes it even harder to decide which accessories stay and which (begrudgingly) have to go. To make that task a little easier, here are seven travel accessories that bridge the gap between fashion and practicality. In other words, throw them in the bag, sit back, relax and enjoy your flight. 

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Money Saving Hacks All Homeowners Need to Know

money_pit_mansion In 1986, Tom Hanks and Shelley Long starred in the hilarious movie, “The Money Pit.” Needing to move, but not having a lot of money to buy a house, in the film they were duped into buying a house that unknowingly was in desperate need of repair. One thing leads to another and before they knew it, they were in over their heads financially and structurally when the floor literally caves in. As a homeowner, you may be able to relate to the movie, but hopefully not to those extreme measures. Regardless of whether you are in the market for a new home, or if you've been a homeowner for many years, here are some tips for saving money at in your home.

Utilities

Some of the simplest ways to save money don’t involve major home improvements, but they are the small things that you can do on any given day.
  • Flipping a switch to turn lights off in an unoccupied room
  • Wrapping your hot water heater with insulation
  • Lowering the thermostat on your water heater
  • Adding more insulation to your attic
  • Putting an empty jar in the tank of your toilets
  • Setting your water heater on a timer,
  • Installing a programmable thermostat that will heat or cool your home during times when you are there …
The list goes on for simple habits that can save you money every month.

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