Resources available to single parents in a financial bind include government-supported safety-net programs. Budgeting is also critical.
80% of consumers say they would use money-saving shopping tactics even if money were not a concern.
You may have to skip Apple purchases this month, but it's the right time to fill your cart with spring apparel.
Casual dining restaurant chains have jumped on the happy hour train with deals on drinks and snacks -- maybe enough for dinner.
The good news is we're getting smarter about saving money on groceries. The bad news? A trio of mistakes keeps costing us money.
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