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06/26/2017

How to Take the Heat Off Your Summer Budget

Summertime brings more than sunburns and barbecues — it can also send your monthly expenses through the roof. But with a little work now, you can enjoy the hot season and avoid pinching pennies in the fall.

“Ideally, one saves a little bit of money in each of the cooler months and then spends down those funds in the summer,” says Michael Schupak, founder of Schupak Financial Advisors in West New York, New Jersey. But, if you've failed to plan your budget that far ahead, all is not lost.

06/19/2017

How to Eat Healthy on a Budget

Ask anybody who’s shopped at Whole Foods: Adopting a healthy diet can test your will and your wallet. Proper planning and savvy shopping can help you overcome challenges on both fronts.

Armed with these tips, you can eat healthy, wholesome foods and stick to your budget.

05/30/2017

From Stone Age to Drone Age: Debt Collection Goes High-Tech

Behind on bills? Brace yourself. Debt collectors are adopting high-tech tactics to boost payments. Watch your smartphone for avatars that coo and voicemails that arrive without a sound.

Collections agencies are evolving from the financial stone age of dunning letters and manually dialed phone calls into an era more like drone combat. New collections techniques save labor and skirt rules of engagement.

05/26/2017

Wedding Budget Tips: Say ‘I Don’t’ to Debt

Congratulations! You’re getting married — or at least planning to soon.

As you begin to ponder all-important decisions about cake fillings and floral arrangements, not to mention the dress, it’s important to take a step back. Weddings aren’t cheap, so you need to decide how much you can afford to spend on your big day.

Here are a few ways to keep your matrimonial expenses in check.

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