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Does Your State Have Programs to Help Veterans Buy and Repair Homes?

The United States Department of Veterans Affairs famously has programs to assist veterans with homeownership, both to purchase and maintain one. While this is an invaluable resource to many, some veterans simply don’t like dealing with the VA. If they want those loans and grants, however, they often think they don’t have a choice. Depending on where they live, they may have another choice – or more than one choice in many areas, actually. More than half of the states have their own programs that offer loans and grants to veterans seeking homeownership. Some even have programs to help...

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Why You Should Vote in Local Elections

It doesn’t matter when you’re reading this; there may or may not be a local election day coming up in your area. At the time of this writing, there are elections in some areas coming up in a few days, but not in others. Then there will be elections in some areas a few weeks after that. Then there will be more elections in still other places about a month from now. But even if you’re reading this on the other side of the calendar from us, there may be a municipal poll coming up that you didn’t even...

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Figuring Out Affordable Halloween Costumes as a Parent

When Halloween rolls around, parents see it as another thing that’s going to drain their wallets. You need to buy a bunch of candy to pass out to strange children, only to also need to arrange an elaborate costume for your child so they can go demand candy from other people. It’s frustrating, but our parents did it for us, so we might as well do it for our own children. But stop right there. The candy part might be an unavoidable cost (unless you want all the kids in the neighborhood to hate you, which you don’t), but...

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Cheap and Healthy Snacks to Give You More Energy

Do you typically reach for a brand-name soda, another cup of coffee, a bag of chips or a candy bar to get you through parts of the workday? You should probably re-evaluate how you give yourself some midday energy. There are much healthier snack alternatives out there that can give you good energy to get you through the day. Not to mention these snacks may be even cheaper than those options mentioned above! Check out these four cheap and healthy snack options which are ideal for helping you power through your midday slump. Greek Yogurt One of the most...

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Adjusting to College Life

For many first-year college students, the initial excitement of starting college and living in the dorms quickly gives way to feeling overwhelmed by the culture shock of it all. Between the new locale and the new way of doing things, going off to college may as well be shipping off to a foreign country for some people. It would be easy to say all college students get used to it eventually, but that simply isn’t true. Some students find themselves overcome with confusion and anxiety and never quite get over it until they’re out of college. Some may even...

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