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7 DIY Back to School Projects to Help Save Money

Setting your kids up for success in school involves big decisions like finding the right school for them and juggling their after-school programs with classes and family time. But there are little needs along the way, too: like school supplies to make sure that your kid is ready to take on the school day.

Back to school shopping list can easily grow out of control–backpacks, shoes, clothes, crayons, pens, notebooks and more. Theses costs can add up. For some families, this means being on the lookout for back to school savings.

Doing more DIY projects instead of buying new supplies could potentially reduce the money you spend on back to school purchases and also instill good money habits in your kids. Projects like these can help kids see that many materials can be given new life with the right creative project.

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Converting Your Baby Nursery into a Toddler’s Room

Time flies when it comes to kiddos. Feels like only yesterday you were struggling to decipher the directions to assemble your baby’s crib—now as a toddler, your little one just tries to escape it most nights.

Ready or not, sounds like the nursery you worked so hard on is due for a bit of a makeover. As your baby enters his or her toddler years, it’s time to start thinking about how best to convert the nursery into a more toddler-friendly space. Change can be challenging for children but these nursery to toddler room ideas and tips could help make it a smooth transition.

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Making Your Closet an Investment

Shopping for the latest trends and stylish finds can be a blast. Not to mention that heading to the mall or local thrift shop with friends can be a bonding experience like none other. And is there anything as rewarding as finding a pair of jeans that fit you just right?

While there’s nothing quite like the thrill of the hunt, when you’re shopping for clothes and building out your wardrobe, it can be difficult to determine when you should be splurging on an investment piece and when you should be buying cheaper basics. Here are some guidelines to help you determine what clothes are worth investing in.

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5 Anniversary Trip Ideas

This year, instead of fretting over the perfect trinket to get your sweetheart for your anniversary, why not plan a vacation for the two of you instead?

Getting away with the person you love is an excellent way to re-energize your relationship, bond over a shared experience, and celebrate just how long you’ve been together on this crazy ride called life. No matter how many years you’ve been a pair, an anniversary getaway is the ideal excuse to go see that place you’ve been dreaming of.

So, where should you go? Here are a few anniversary trip ideas that may spur you into booking now, and even a few ideas on how you can pay for this much-needed lover’s trip.

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How to Approach Your Child’s Slipping Grades in College

Your child’s transition to college can be a time of great excitement. From the moment that he or she begins to apply to colleges, new horizons are opening up. Next come the acceptance letters, and then there’s choosing the right college for your child’s goals, moving him or her to college housing, and so forth.

Your child will likely make new friends, perhaps join clubs or other organizations, discover new interests, and so much more. But, what happens when you discover that your child’s grades are slipping?

How to deal with bad grades, of course, depends upon numerous factors, including how your child performed academically in high school, your child’s personality, reasons why grades are falling, and much more.

Fortunately, no matter why the grades are slipping (reasons may be immediately clear or they may take some investigating), this post will share helpful tips and strategies about what to do when your child gets bad grades in college.

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