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

Quit the Rat Race Once and for All: 4 Jobs You Can Do from Anywhere

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 11, 2016 7:00:00 AM

Many fantasize about abandoning the rat race. It’s a heavily romanticized idea, but one that most view as too impractical to pursue. While it may seem like a farfetched fairy tale, about three in 10 people have made self-employment their reality, according to the Pew Research Center. There are actually a lot of jobs that enable you to work when and where you want, many of which provide lucrative salaries with growth potential over the years.

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Topics: Small Business

5 Products That Can Reduce Your Environmental Impact

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 9, 2016 7:30:00 AM


Environmental awareness has become more prevalent in recent years, as people become increasingly concerned with global warming, water scarcity, and the depletion of fossil fuels. Whether out of concern for the environment or a desire to save money, decreasing your impact on the earth offers numerous benefits. There are countless ways to ease your environmental impact and reduce monthly spending, simply by switching out some common products in your home for their sustainable counterparts.

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Topics: Environmentalism

8 Ways Parents Can Save Money on Summer Camp

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 6, 2016 8:00:00 AM


Summer camp has become a tradition in many families. It provides countless benefits to children, improving their socialization and teaching them a variety of vital life skills. Yet, the average camp costs over $500 per week. For many American families, this is too costly to consider. Fortunately, there are some easy ways to decrease the cost of summer camp and stretch your dollar further.

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Topics: Family

Mother's Day Gifts That Keep On Giving

Posted by Brittany Engelmann on May 4, 2016 8:30:00 AM


Mother’s Day is about a week away, and families everywhere are busily preparing gallant gestures to express their love and appreciation for the women that raised them. Mothers work tirelessly to provide both economically and emotionally for their children, and Mother’s Day is the one holiday specifically dedicated to showing moms how much they mean to us. This Mother’s Day, cater to the maternal and nurturing instincts of your mother by purchasing a thoughtful gift that keeps on giving.  

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Topics: Nonprofits