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Category: Single Parent

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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What Does Good Debt Look Like?

If you go through your whole life without being officially, legally in debt, then you will have either gotten extremely lucky or you will have been overly cautious to your own detriment. They say money makes the world go ‘round and fortune favors the bold. Combine those two statements and you might get the idea that to live your best life, you may have to voluntarily go into debt and gamble on yourself. But we aren’t here to tell you to stop thinking debt itself is bad and it’s really some wonderful game to play. No, no, no –...

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Understanding Your Rent Assistance Options

If you’re having trouble paying your bills, you’re certainly not alone. If there’s any good thing about the high number of people making ends meet, it’s that there are many financial aid options available. It’s tough to say which specific expenditure is the most important, but having a roof over your head is a strong contender. That’s why there are several avenues specifically for getting rental assistance. Governmental Giving There are plenty of government programs out there for people struggling with rent. These can be divided into two categories: short-term and long-term assistance. Short-Term Short-term rental assistance can be...

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What to Do if You Can’t Afford Health Insurance

Having health insurance is important, not just because it’s a massive layer of personal protection, but also because it’s federally illegal not to have it in some form. The issue, of course, is it still costs money to have health insurance. If you’re fortunate, that money comes out of a salaried paycheck, and you can tell yourself you’re not really losing money since it was hardly yours in the first place. If you’re not as fortunate, you’ll have to pay for your coverage out-of-pocket, and you’ll directly feel the strain on your bank account. But if you simply cannot...

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Family-Friendly Ways to Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

St. Patrick’s Day isn’t the most popular holiday on the calendar, but it’s still one everybody knows about and most everyone celebrates. Despite being so widely celebrated, it seems like the only way many people know how to partake is by consuming adult beverages. But that doesn’t have to be the only way. Non-drinkers and families with children still have plenty of options for festivities. Embrace the Day Children might ask what’s so special about St. Patrick’s Day, and many adults might have the same question. It’s never a bad time to learn about the origins of the story...

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