4 Summer Income Tips for Busy College Students

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jun 3, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The life of a college student is unbearably hectic. It’s generally recommended that a student spend two to three hours studying for every one hour in class. For a student going to school 15 hours per week, that’s 30 to 45 hours of study time! College is a full-time job in itself, but that doesn’t negate the need for college students to have additional sources of income.

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Topics: Small Business

Is Your Profit Margin Struggling? 6 Small Business Tips to Keep Overhead Low

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on Jun 1, 2016 6:00:00 AM

When operating a small business, the greatest drivers of success are healthy profit margins and loyal customers. No matter how many customers you drive to your store, if you aren’t creating excellent profit margins, your return on investment will struggle. There are a variety of factors that impact a profit margin, and you can increase your profit margin without increasing the cost of your products.

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Topics: Small Business

Shop Early for Father’s Day and Access Great Savings

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 31, 2016 6:00:00 AM


Father’s Day is on June 19th and provides an opportunity for children and partners to express their gratitude for their loving and dedicated fathers. Father’s Day can be traced back to 1909, when a woman by the name of Sonora Smart Dodd was listening to a sermon about Mother’s Day. She decided she wanted to create a day dedicated to the fathers of the world, and so she petitioned for the holiday to be recognized in her city. It has since evolved into a nationally recognized day, with children across the U.S. eager to express their gratitude and fondness to the men who raised them.

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Topics: Family

Memorial Day Party Planning on a Budget

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 27, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The United States has been recognizing Memorial Day since May of 1966. Established by former president Lyndon B. Johnson, and initially called Decoration Day, it’s an annual occasion dedicated to remembering our nation’s finest troops who dedicated and lost their lives fighting for our country. Here are some ideas to help you throw a great Memorial Day celebration, while remaining within your budget.

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Topics: Financial

Expert Budgeting Advice for Struggling Millennials

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 25, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The millennial generation is financially struggling much more so than the generation preceding them. About 40 percent of all unemployed Americans are millennials, and about 36 percent of millennials are still living with their parents. While the economy is improving nationwide, millennials are still experiencing the brunt of financial difficulties. For those seeking to get their own place, save up for a home, and create a stable financial future, learning to budget your spending is critical. Here are some tips to help millennials create and build a savings, while still living comfortably.

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Topics: Financial

6 Painless Penny-Pinching Ways to Make Your Money Go Further

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 23, 2016 6:00:00 AM

The term ‘penny-pinching’ often evokes an internal cringe. It paints this picture of struggling to get by, of living so frugally you forget to have fun. However, there are some painless ways to pinch pennies and stretch your budget further, while still enjoying the same quality of life. Here are some creative ideas to save more money, without cramping your style in the process.

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Topics: Financial

Are Corner Stores Profitable? The Top Factors that Influence Success

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 20, 2016 6:30:00 AM

There are 154,195 convenience stores dispersed throughout the U.S., and it seems more are popping up every week. It begs the question, are convenience stores still popular in this day and age, and do they provide a lucrative income to managers? With large competitors like Shell and Walgreens, many worry the mom-and-pop corner stores are a thing of the past.

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Topics: Small Business

10 Products Every Family with Children Should Be Buying in Bulk

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 18, 2016 7:00:00 AM


Raising children is perhaps one of the most rewarding and enriching experiences. Yet, it’s inevitably stressful at times as well, particularly due to the financial constraints it puts on families. According to the Huffington Post, about 15.2 percent of families are struggling to afford enough food for their families. While this number is the lowest it’s been since the recession, many families are still having trouble making ends meet. By purchasing many of your household items in bulk, you can slash household spending by hundreds of dollars each month. Here are the top products every family should be buying in bulk.

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Topics: Family

Is Your Business Slow in the Summer? Use These 7 Tips to Increase Sales

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 16, 2016 6:30:00 AM

Not all businesses manage to maintain steady profits throughout the year. In fact, the majority of companies report an ebb and flow that often hinges on seasonal trends. With summertime approaching, many seasonal businesses that offer winter goods and services are already anticipating plummeting sales. Here are some tips to boost profitability and enjoy a steadier income year-round.  

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Topics: Small Business

5 Tips to Use Your Customers to Fuel Business Growth

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 13, 2016 7:00:00 AM

It’s tough to run a small business, particularly in today’s economy when an estimated 27.9 million small businesses are dotting the economic landscape. Small business owners need to be savvy and strategic if they hope to remain competitive. One of the most effective strategies for driving business growth is leveraging consumer trends to your benefit. Here are some ideas to use with your customers to improve the growth and profit potential of your small business.

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Topics: Small Business