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Each year, many people make a point to give more to charity. Sometimes, though, donating to charity is more complex than simply writing a check. Considerations include what you want your donation to mean, and how it will get to the charity you choose. Here are some tips to help make sure your dollars do…
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Trying to avoid email scams isn’t as simple as you may think. Most people know to delete messages promising lottery winnings or a free smartphone, but what about emails that look like they’re from legitimate businesses? Or links from family and friends? As people gain awareness of the risks of cybercrime, criminals are finding more…
young man doing taxes while sitting on living room floor.
Whether you owe money or are expecting a refund, preparing your own tax return or hiring a professional, tax time can be, well, taxing. The last thing you probably want to worry about is identity thieves tapping into your financial accounts, opening new lines of credit or committing other types of theft or fraud. But according to…
Father and daughter harvesting beans in their garden
Growing your own vegetables can give you access to fresh, local produce right in your backyard — but can it help you save money on your grocery bill? According to a report by the National Gardening Association, 54 percent of food gardeners said they grow produce to save money on food bills. If you’re ready to unleash…
Celebrate Mother’s Day: Nice Things to Do for Your Mom
With Mother’s Day just around the corner, you’re probably thinking about ways thank your mom for everything she’s done for you. But why just limit it to one day of appreciation? Here are some ideas for nice things to do for your mom or the mother of your children to help her celebrate Mother’s Day all…
Family Guide for Giving Blood
Giving blood is an activity you and your family can participate in together to help your community and those in need. Oftentimes people will donate blood in response to a crisis, but America’s Blood Centers says blood is needed at all times of the year. In fact, the blood used in an emergency generally comes from donations made prior…
While You’re Away: Pet Care Options for Dogs and Cats
Many people see spring break as a great opportunity to take a family vacation. But, what about your four-legged family members? Pets can’t always tag along, so you may have to plan for their care while you’re away. Here are several pet care options to consider before deciding which makes the most sense for your…
3 Creative, Seasonal Ways to Announce Your New Addition
Finding out you’re having a baby might be one of the most exciting moments of your life. And sharing your news with family and friends is part of the excitement. So, how do you announce your pregnancy in a way that’s memorable? Make it seasonal! 1. Use a Holiday The next few months offer some…
What to Do if Your Child’s Toy Is Recalled
It seems like all kids have a favorite toy they take with them everywhere. But what happens if that toy gets recalled? While it may be scary to think your child’s toy could be dangerous, the Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) says a toy recall shows the manufacturer is making a commitment to creating safe products. That’s good…
Thrifty Gifting for Parents: Inexpensive Toddler Gifts [INFOGRAPHIC]
Finding the perfect presents for your 1- to 3-year-old this holiday season doesn’t have to put you in debt. The Allstate Blog and Quicken Loans’ Zing Blog compiled the stats and suggestions below to help you enjoy gift giving this season without breaking your budget.