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Feature Articles: Budgeting & Saving


Creating and following a spending plan makes finances easier

Creating a spending plan and following it is a simple way to take control of one’s finances, but it does take some work to create it. Here are five basic tips can make the process easier...more


Ways to track spending

Spending money is easy. Keeping track of it takes more time. But this is time well spent as tracking your expenses gives you a better picture of how you spend your money and helps you decide what you want and how you can reach your financial goals...more


Reusing school supplies

With the start of a new school year comes new school supplies and additional expenses. The cost of buying all new supplies can be difficult for families with an already tight budget. Some families may just want to focus on consuming less and being more resourceful. Here are some ideas on reusing school supplies...more


Jump-start your savings

Money is so easy to spend. Even with the best intentions to put a little money aside every month, we often find there’s nothing left when the month comes to a close. There are simple tricks that can help you pay yourself first (includes accompanying video and link to podcast)...more


Vacationing on a budget

Summer is here and that usually means families hit the road. But for those families who are facing job uncertainty or budget constraints, or those who are trying to save money, this year’s vacation may seem out of reach. See this video for tips and a challenge...more


Inexpensive gifts can create cherished memories

Simple Christmases that are low on cost but high on meaning are possible according to Janet LaFon, family financial education specialist, University of Missouri Extension...more


Living on less: 114 ideas

Learning how to spend less but still live well takes skill, determination and know-how, but it can be done! This article includes more than 100 ideas to help you live on less...more


Little things add up

See how small purchases can add up over time, think about your own small purchases, and make sure they are worth it to you!...more


Making a spending plan

Once you know how much money is coming in and how much is going out, you are ready to make a spending plan. A spending plan will help you get the most of what you want...more


Getting the most out of your money

Most of us want more things than we can afford. There’s only so much money to go around. Getting most of the things you want is a skill...more


Getting started saving

Do you plan on saving a little bit from each paycheck but somehow at the end of the month you find there is nothing left over to save? This article contains tips that will help you begin a savings plan you can stick to and assist you in reaching your goals...more


Cut down on how much gas you use — and save

With high gas prices, saving a little at the pump can add up to big savings. Here are some ideas for increasing your car’s fuel efficiency, saving money and helping the environment...more


Managing Your Money

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Money is a limited resource. If you want to get the most for your money, you need to have a Spending Plan or Budget...more


Reaching Your Goals

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Everyone has goals, although we may not think about them. Goals are the things we want, things we try to achieve...more


Renting to Own

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Renting to own may sound like a great way to get the TV or refrigerator you want now. There is no money down, free delivery, and free repairs while you are making payments. But think again! It will cost you a lot more money to rent an item than to buy it on credit or pay cash for it...more


Meal Planning: Stretching Your Dollar

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To make the most of your food dollar, you need to be aware of the foods your family is eating now and know how much you are spending on food...more


When Your Income Drops, Take Control

No amount of money or planning can guarantee that your family will not go through a disaster at some point. Disaster comes in many forms and can vary in the severity of its impact on your family. Disaster can strike at any time...more




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