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Read more about 'Money Talk' with your kids and how to help them become money smart.

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new iconHoliday Travel is a feat not for the faint of heart – Being with family and friends during the holiday season makes everything better. What will not make the holidays any merrier is winding up with an overdrawn bank account on January 1st. Find out what you need to know as Holiday travel season looms. + more

Save your kids from scary financial habits – Talking about money is a fear factor for many Americans. However, not having conversations about good money habits have even scarier consequences in the long-term. + more

Check out our blog in the Pointers for Parents section.

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Setting financial goals isn't easy, especially for college students and recent grads. So we've added a tab to help young adults prepare for financial independence.
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Did you Know?

The U.S. Treasury says that Americans hold about $15 billion in loose change.

When you're shopping, avoid impulse purchasing. Make a list. It an item's not on the list, don't buy it.

Making a big purchase? Do your research at the library and online to make sure you are getting the best price.

If you had ten billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would take 317 to go broke.

Looking for some low cost activities for your family? Check out the community calendar at the local library.

It may seem silly to buy a winter coat in August, but you can save a lot by purchasing off-season items online.

Tired of old electronic games? Trade them in for different games at a video/game exchange center.

Bring food and drinks from home for after sports practice and you'll save money!

You can save a lot of money on magazines and books by visiting your local library.

Coins usually survive in circulation for about 30 years and a one dollar bill usually lasts for about 18 months.

When you use a debit card, money comes out of your account immediately. It's like cash, not like a credit card.

Almost half, 48 percent, of the notes printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing are $1 bills.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has 118 grooves, according to the U.S. Mint.

Keep a money diary that tracks what you save and spend. It will tell you about when, why, and how you use money.

There are many ways to help others: you can give money, your time and energy or items you no longer use.

The word budget comes from the French "bougette", a little bag.

Martha Washington is the only women whose portrait has appeared on U.S. currency.

Despite the New York Stock Exchange's notoriety, it was not the first stock exchange in the United States.

When you buy a stock in a company you become a shareholder, and own a 'part' of that company.

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollack.

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Just for Moms

Tax time is here! It's not too soon to get your papers in order with our tips.

Just for Moms

Holiday Entertaining

The holidays force us to plan and prepare – decorations, food, gifts and of course entertaining family and friends. Halloween is just the beginning and the entertaining doesn't truly stop until after New Year's. Don't fret- here are a few ideas to help you prepare for the entertaining blitz without blowing your holiday budget.

1. Invites can be free: Sometimes for special occasions, the desire to send an old-school snail mail invite stirs within us. Two of our favorite print-at-home websites are…

2. Simple beverage menu: 36% of shoppers will overspend their holiday budget. Your guests aren't there to drink you out of house and home. Keep the drink menu simple. A maximum of 3 options should be sufficient and will help save more money than you might think!

3. The 411 on food: Real Simple magazine has compiled some great money saving ideas when it comes to party food. Our favorites from the list?