How Your Professional Skills Can Help with Achieving Financial Success

September 19, 2017 Here at The Dime, we talk a lot (a lot, a lot) about setting goals to help achieve financial success. You may be asking yourself, “Where do I even find the time to sit down and set said goals?”...
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The Dime Roll: In Mr. Roger's Famous Words, "Look for the Helpers"

September 15, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we're getting a little introspective—first about finances (this is The Dime, after all), and then about something a bit more personal: experiencing first-hand the...
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How Hurricane Harvey Hit My Heart

September 14, 2017 The following is a first-person account by one of our staffers here at The Dime. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Tracy was compelled to return home in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. She wanted...
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Check Yo'self (and Your Financial Goals)

September 12, 2017 We Coloradans know that when the aspens begin to change, fall has officially arrived. Soon after comes winter; we’ll eat our way through the holidays, and before we know it, we’re in a brand...
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The Dime Roll: Equifax Has Us Getting Real About Identity Theft

September 8, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we want to get real about a matter that has been making national headlines the past few days: identity theft. We all know that it's a looming possibility for any of us,...
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A Colorado Sports Crash Course for the Colorado Newbie

September 7, 2017 From the nearly year-round action across the state’s five major professional sports teams, to the six hard-fought championships won between them, Colorado is a sports fan’s dream. Maybe you're a...
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Are You Self-Sabotaging Your Financial Goals?

September 5, 2017 Deciding to set a goal to pay off debt or save for a house is easy. The hard part is actually taking the steps to make the goal a reality—especially when you’re bound to encounter mental detours...
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The Dime Roll: It's a Labor (Day) of Love

September 1, 2017 Ah, here were are: the last long weekend of summer. It's bittersweet, really; after all, who doesn't love fall in Colorado? The changing leaves, the Indian summer temps, the fashion (be sure to...
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Hooked by the Leadville 100? Here Are Other Ultramarathons to Try

August 31, 2017 On August 19th, a36-year-old named Ian Sherman won the Leadville 100 with a time of 17:34:51. Let that sink in for a moment. This alien/human/Zeus/Whitewalker “person” named Ian ran 100...
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Keep Your Friends Without Sacrificing Your Financial Goals

August 29, 2017 Pay off student loans. Save for a down payment. Have enough money in the bank to sleep comfortably at night. Buy a franchise. While these goals may differ from one another in terms of the...
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The Dime Roll: Eclipsing Our Way to the Weekend

August 25, 2017 Happy Solar Eclipse Week, dearest readers of The Dime! There's no denying that Monday's event was truly an out-of-this-world experience (no pun intended), a humbling reminder to us all of just...
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Begrudgingly Budgeting: Part 3

August 24, 2017 This is the third post in a series where we're following one of our team members here at The Dime as she takes a hard look at her spending habits—acknowledging, at times, some truths about herself...
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A College Student's Guide to Overlooked College Essentials

August 22, 2017 Do you know a new college student who's about to embark on the best four years of his or her life? There's no doubt he or she is both excited and terrified...so why not be the coolest...
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The Dime Roll: Cartoons, Counselors, and Comforting News

August 18, 2017 It's hard to imagine a world without "Netflix and chill" (how did people live?), but our favorite online streaming service actually used to be just a funky DVD-rental program—sorta like an online...
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A Case for Cable by Way of "Rick and Morty"

August 17, 2017 You’ve probably heard this to the point of homily already, but we’re in the golden (if not PLATINUM) age of television right now. The advent of Netflix, plus the modern glory that has become HBO...
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PERA Member Spotlight: What It's Like to Work As a School Psychologist

August 15, 2017 The following first-person account comes to us from PERA member Stephanie Jones, a school psychologist in Englewood, Colorado. Are you, too, interested in submitting a guest post to The Dime? If...
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The Dime Roll: Young Money (Not the Lil' Wayne Kind)

August 11, 2017 People really like talking about millennials. So, we obviously wanted to join in on the conversation this week on The Dime. Our young friends are changing the #money game inside and out, and we've...
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How to Save on Back-to-School Shopping (According to a High School Junior)

August 10, 2017 If you're like most of us here at The Dime, it's been, errr, 10+ (OK, maybe more like 15+) years since the glorious days of high school. Lucky for us, we had David, a high school junior from the...
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Millennials and Retirement: (Less) Money, Mo' Problems

August 8, 2017 If you’re fortunate enough to call yourself a millennial, there’s a good chance you’ve heard a thing or two about what the world thinks of you. While the constant chatter about all things Gen Y...
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The Dime Roll: Throw Your Dog (and Your Savings) a Bone

August 4, 2017 Owning a pet is paw-sibly one of the best things EVER, so we're taking this oppawtunity to thank our purrfect friends for the endless amounts of unconditional love they've given us over the years....
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Cool Cats and Hot Dogs (for All of You Pet Lovers Out There)

August 3, 2017 We’re all eager to make the most of the last leg of summer, and for those of us who are lucky enough to own a pet, this means outdoor activities with our furry friends.  Sure, we all know the...
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A No-Spend Challenge Could Be Your Paper Chasin' BFF

August 1, 2017 Summer is in full swing (YAAAS), and that means you’re probably attending lots of concerts, baseball games, and rooftop happy hours. Considering Colorado is AWESOME this time of year, we know...
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The Dime Roll: Two Things Pullin' at Our Heartstrings

July 28, 2017 Budgeting and Game of Thrones have (almost) nothing to do with one another, except for the fact that they both have the ability to make grown men cry. While having to pass on your morning latte...
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We Know It's Only July...but Winter Is Coming

July 27, 2017 If that title makes you think of the impending ski season (which is still a good four to six months away), you’ve clearly missed one of the greatest cultural phenomena of the last decade: Game of...
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Begrudgingly Budgeting: Part 2

July 25, 2017 This is the second post in a series where we're following one of our team members here at The Dime as she takes a hard look at her spending habits—acknowledging, at times, some truths about...
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The Dime Roll: Adulting Is Hard (...for Everyone)

July 21, 2017 This week, we're delivering you a friendly reminder that being a young person usually means that you don't quite have everything figured out yet—and that's OK. (You might even be a not-so-young...
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A Freedom Check for Our Fellow Millennials

July 20, 2017 July 4th was a few weeks ago now, which means that if you’re creeping into your 30s like some of us over here, you’re probably just now getting over both your hangover and your sunburn. However,...
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PERA Member Spotlight: A Day in the Life of the Director of Legislative Affairs for the Attorney General's Office

July 18, 2017 As part of the most recent installment on our PERA Member Spotlight series, we sat down with Jennifer M. Anderson, J.D., director of legislative affairs for the Colorado Attorney General's Office,...
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The Dime Roll: Bon Appétit

July 14, 2017 This week on The Dime, we're thinking (OK, more like dreaming) about food. We've got all the details about Denver's Slow Food Nations Festival this weekend to keep you up to speed on one of the...
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PERA Member Spotlight: A Day in the Life of an AP Science Teacher

July 13, 2017 You only need to spend a few minutes with Ben Magtutu to understand that he loves teaching. For 15 years, Ben has been an Advanced Placement (AP) science teacher at Delta High School in Delta, CO....
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What'll It Be: Blue Apron or My Apron?

July 11, 2017 If you’re looking for #freedom from lengthy trips to the grocery store or cooking mishaps, you might find the following review of Blue Apron by one of our team members refreshing. It’s all part of...
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The Dime Roll: What Does the American Dream Have to Do With Spending?

July 7, 2017 This week on The Dime, we're lookin' at two things: 'Merica, and money. In addition to our top beach-style locations to visit across America's greatest state (a.k.a Colorado), we've got advice on...
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Drop (Excessive Spending) Like It's Hot

July 6, 2017 Nothing can convince you to spend $12 on a cold margarita quite like a 98-degree day in Colorado—and we’re probably not the first to tell you that the warmer months can wreak havoc when it comes...
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Red, White, and Beach: Colorado's Best Beach-Style Locations for Your 4th

July 3, 2017 Happy Birthday, America! The United States is officially 241 years old tomorrow, which definitely calls for some celebration. We're guessing you'd spend your holiday somewhere tropical if given...
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The Dime Roll: 'Cause Baby, You're a Firework

June 30, 2017 Our PERA members—the 550,000+ who include employees of the Colorado state government, universities/colleges, cities/towns, as well as public school teachers, judges, and State Troopers, among...
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Up, Up, Up! It's Hot Air Balloon Season in Colorado

June 29, 2017 There’s nothing more magical than riding in a hot air balloon (except riding a unicorn, obvi), and it’s something just about anyone would try if they had the opportunity. Luckily, Colorado has a...
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PERA Member Spotlight: A Day in the Life of a 9-1-1 Dispatcher

June 27, 2017 If you have an emergency in Boulder County, there's a good chance you'll end up with Chris Baker on the other end of the line. Chris is a 9-1-1 dispatcher for the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office...
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The Dime Roll: In Case You Didn't Know, Colorado Is SUPER Popular

June 23, 2017 We know we're preaching to the choir here, but Colorado is a really nice place to live. Unfortunately (or fortunately), we're not the only ones who've noticed. While we may not have a beach to...
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Summer Solstice: The Beginning of the End

June 22, 2017 Well, today marks the beginning of the end. OK, so maybe that’s a little melodramatic, but with the summer solstice two days behind us, we now begin the slow and steady decline into the depths of...
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Begrudgingly Budgeting: Introduction

June 20, 2017 Welcome to the first post in a series where we'll be following one of our team members here at The Dime as she takes a hard look at her spending habits—acknowledging, at times, some truths about...
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The Dime Roll: Weeee! It's the Weekend! (Raise-the-Roof Emoji)

June 16, 2017 We're kicking it back to June 16th, 1884 today to celebrate the first roller coaster in American history opening in Brooklyn (ever heard of Coney Island?). In honor of all things fun, we've...
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Creative Father's Day Gifts for Every Dad

June 15, 2017 Hey everyone, Father’s Day is right around the corner. If you’re anything like us, you were raised by a good man who deserves to be rewarded at least once a year for the (minimum) 20 years of...
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Make Room for June: Free Colorado Events This Month

June 13, 2017 Sunshine, sandals, Saturday brunch on the patio—what’s not to love about summer in Colorado? With no snow to stand in your way, there are endless opportunities to enjoy all that Colorado has to...
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The Dime Roll: Seek Refuge by the Pool - Denver Is Going to Be LIT This Weekend (a.k.a. HOT)

June 9, 2017 Distract yourself this week with The Dime Roll, where we help you navigate new homeownership (thank you, CHFA), and kick start your savings by...opening six savings accounts? (We know, we...
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Why I Went From 11 Checking Accounts to Six Savings Accounts

June 8, 2017 No one is perfect, and that’s especially true when it comes to financial management. It can take some time to learn the best strategies for your own financial picture, and achieving success in...
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Looking for Help With a Down Payment on a Home? Look to CHFA

June 6, 2017 Ah, homeownership. The lure of harvesting vegetables from your very own garden, selecting your own wall colors (hasta la vista, landlord-mandated color schemes), and actually having a front lawn...
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The Dime Roll: It's Officially Summer AND Red Rocks Season. Have You Been Rained/Hailed/Snowed on Yet?

June 2, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we're helping you plan for your big day (queue the wedding bells) like a champ, and get going on saving for a new home (as glamorous as renting is, you'll get over it...
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Save Yourself the Headache When It Comes to Saving for a Home

June 1, 2017 With the housing market in Colorado continuing to heat up, it might be a great time to start thinking about working toward home ownership. For many Coloradans, owning a home is the largest...
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Wedding Planning? Don't Let It Bankrupt You

May 30, 2017 Memorial Day Weekend is over (sad horn). The upside? We all know that the holiday, for all intents and purposes, signals the arrival of sweet, sweet summer—and we're definitely not crying about...
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The Dime Roll: It's Memorial Day - Go Ahead and Wear White

May 26, 2017 Ah, Memorial Day Weekend is upon us (a.k.a. the unofficial official start to summer). So, wear those white pants with reckless abandon, fire up the grill, and catch some rays by the pool (if...
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6 Essential Memorial Day Pool Rules

May 25, 2017 Memorial Day is right around the corner—which means that public pool owners around the nation are cleaning off their chairs, stocking their snack bars, testing their water pH levels (is that a...
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College Grads: What to Remember During Your Student Loan Grace Period

May 23, 2017 With recent college grads leaving the halls of academia and heading out into the world, many soon come face-to-face with a pretty rude awakening. No longer will Uncle Sam be sending them money to...
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The Dime Roll: If You're a Transplant, Why Yes - Snow in May Is Normal

May 19, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we're summer dreamin' of warm weather for Memorial Day Weekend. In the meantime, we're loading up on drinking Unicorn Frapps, cooking (or is it preparing?) avocado...
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Let's Talk Starbucks' Unicorn Frappuccino (and Other Food Trends)

May 18, 2017 If for whatever reason you’ve been away from the Internet for a month or so, first of all, welcome back! Second, you’ve missed basically two things: fidget spinners and Starbucks’s Unicorn...
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Biking, Wining, or Rafting: Pick Your Colorado Summer Adventure

May 16, 2017 Colorado is a playground for all types of winter sports enthusiasts, but for those who prefer not to brave the snow, winter can feel akin to cabin (or rather, city) fever. Alas, summer! For those...
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The Dime Roll: We Got It From Our Mamas

May 12, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we're showering our #1 fans (that would be our moms) with love. Lots of it. We're also leaving on a jet plane (literally).
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Soar Like an Eagle in Colorado This Summer

May 11, 2017 Have you ever looked up and seen a bird soaring in the summer sky? Silently circling and effortlessly sailing on invisible currents of air as he rises higher and higher.  Suddenly, with wings...
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This Mother's Day, Show Her She's All That and a Bag of Chips

May 9, 2017 Mother’s Day is coming up this Sunday, and if reading that didn’t send your psyche into a state of utter panic, you’ve probably already taken care of things. Maybe you made brunch reservations,...
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Cinco de Mayo: Everyone's Most Ambiguous Mexican Holiday

May 8, 2017 Every year at exactly this time (or around this time, depending on your friends’ thirst for tequila), you wander down to your favorite taqueria and/or Taco Bell, to celebrate this vague Mexican...
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The Dime Roll: Let's Taco 'Bout It

May 5, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we're helping you plan for the BEST. SUMMER. EVER. The bestest part of all? You won't have to break the bank, either. So, grab a margarita (did we mention it's Cinco de...
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Cheap Ways to Celebrate Summer in Colorado

May 2, 2017 It’s officially May, and sweet, sweet summertime is just around the corner—which means that yes, we’ll probably be bombarded with one more snowstorm (damn you, Colorado snow gods)…but more...
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The Dime Roll: The ABCs of Good Personal Finance, Index Investing, the Martha Stewart of Millennials, and More

April 28, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we're getting your pennies lined up (or should we say dimes) while you learn how to simplify. First up, we outline the essential skills needed to successfully save that...
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Minimalism: Prioritizing What Matters

April 27, 2017 Considering we live in a glorious state with 300 days of sunshine a year, it’s hard not to get swept up in what it means to truly live your best life (or as we say, LYBL) in Colorado.
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Stop Slaving and Start Saving: 5 Simple Ways to Start Saving Today

April 25, 2017 When you think about your savings "end" goal—whether it's an emergency fund, a down payment on a house, a bestie's bachelorette party in Miami—the task can seem daunting, to say the least.
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The Dime Roll: 8 Real Life Calamities to Watch for, Millennial Conundrums, Flying Cars, and More

April 21, 2017 TGIF. It's always fun to look ahead to the weekend, but if you were one of the thousands who turned out for Denver's 4/20 celebration, you may be especially glad that the end of the week is nigh....
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Dude, Where's My Careful Examination of Legalized Marijuana?

April 20, 2017 In case you haven’t turned on a TV or radio, logged on to a news or social media site, or looked out your window (especially if you live near Denver’s Civic Center Park), you may not be aware that...
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Millennials Making Moves in the Mile High City

April 18, 2017 If you’ve noticed an increase in the number of younger people living in the Denver Metro area lately, there’s a reason for that. According to a 2016 article in The New York Times (entitled,...
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The Dime Roll: Free College, Financial Cleansing, Retail of the Future, and More

April 14, 2017 This week on The Dime, we've got spring on the brain - that is, spring cleaning (your financial habits, obviously), and springing into music festival season in Colorado. First up, we help you get...
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Red Rocks Shows Aside, Check Out These Colorado Music Festivals

April 13, 2017 Well, it’s that time of year again. For any social media-conscious adult, mid-April marks the sacred season of convincing yourself that Coachella is lame and overhyped, and that this will be THE...
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Cleaning Out Your Financial Closet

April 11, 2017 Seeing as it’s officially springtime, Americans everywhere are beginning the process of cleaning out their closets (cue Eminem), fridges, and basements. The annual spring cleaning ritual is...
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The Dime Roll: Fake Reviews, IRS Secrets, Home-Cooking Tips for Newbie Chefs, and More

April 7, 2017 This week on The Dime, we’re doing some spring cleaning—physically and financially. First up, we have some tips for planning for retirement when you’re several decades away (it’s actually the best...
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Frozen Part 2: The Tale of Spring Cleaning

April 6, 2017 For the self-respecting adults out there, spring cleaning seems like a bit of a redundant idea. Cleaning is the kind of thing you just do to maintain a sense of balance in your overall life. It’s...
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The Dime Roll: Meet Evatar, Feel at Home on the Road, Get Financial Advice, and More

March 31, 2017 We're not out of the woods just yet, but with spring officially upon us, it's hard not to get excited about the endless possibilities that warmer temps usher in. That's why we researched the...
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Your How-To Guide to Tandem Skydiving in Colorado

March 30, 2017 Why would anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good airplane? Well, because there’s no such thing as a perfectly good airplane. (At least that’s the refrain you’re likely to hear if you spend...
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Quirky Attractions for Your Next Colorado Road Trip

March 28, 2017 There are several things that Colorado is known for—shred-tastic (is that a word?) ski slopes, and some of the best craft beer in the country, to name just two—but there are also countless...
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The Dime Roll: Secrets of the 800+ Credit Score Club, Tax Breaks You Don't Want to Miss, and More

March 24, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we've got spring break on the brain. First up, we take a look at some ways you can hack your (responsibly used) credit cards’ rewards to save hundreds of dollars on...
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Spring Break Away From the Beaten Path

March 23, 2017 As much as we would love to hop a plane to Croatia and rub elbows with the world’s elite while cruising around on a private yacht, ain’t nobody got the time or the money for that (although yes, ...
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Jet Around the World on Your Credit Cards' Dime

March 21, 2017 What’s in your wallet (insert Samuel L. Jackson or Jennifer Garner’s voice here—whomever you prefer)? Well, chances are you’ve got a whole bunch of plastic—your driver’s license, your insurance...
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The Dime Roll: Discount Booze Secrets, Spring Break Tidying, and More

March 17, 2017 It’s a St. Patrick’s Day edition of The Dime Roll, so fire up the corned beef and cabbage, and pour yourself a glass of Guinness. Oh, and if green food coloring isn’t really your jam, we have some...
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Healthy Alternatives to Green Food Coloring on St. Patrick’s Day

March 16, 2017 America is a beautiful melting pot of immigrant cultures that we all get to interact with in subtle ways nearly every day. If you’re in a big city like Denver, you’ve probably wandered by a...
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Choose Your Own Adventure: Tax Edition

March 14, 2017 Well, it’s that time of year again. No, we’re not talking about spring cleaning, preparing your garden, or hitting the slopes for some primo spring skiing conditions; we’re talking about the other...
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The Dime Roll: Welcome to the Ice Age, an 81-Year-Old App Developer, and More

March 10, 2017 March is fully underway—which means the promise of spring is just around the corner, the promise of snow and cold temps, is, well, imminent, and most of us are in the throes of settling up our...
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Countdown to the Ides of March

March 9, 2017 Beware, dear readers, for the ides of March is upon us. (Well, technically it’s next week, but close enough.) So, just think of us as the famous seer whom ol’ J. Caesar scoffed at the day of his...
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The 5 Worst Things You Can Do With Your Tax Refund

March 7, 2017 It's March in Colorado—which means that snow and freezing temperatures are still much too likely, and the promise of springtime fun in the sun is so close...yet so far. It also happens to be prime...
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The Dime Roll: How Restaurants Are Tricking You, Gender-Neutral Bathrooms, and More

March 3, 2017 Whether you live in a large or small community, chances are you've come face-to-face with the sad reality of homelessness. If resorting to one-off handouts isn't cutting it for you anymore, we've...
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It's a Rocky Road to Retirement (But Hey, At Least You're Not Alone)

March 2, 2017 So, today is March 2nd—which happens to be Texas Independence Day (let’s hear it for our Texan neighbors and  transplants), and perhaps more importantly for us here at The Dime, part of America...
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The Road Home From Homelessness: Easy Ways to Give Back

February 28, 2017 Possibly the most heartbreaking and serious issue facing Colorado—and many other states—is homelessness. Whether you live in a big city like Denver or Colorado Springs, or a smaller community like...
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The Dime Roll: Home Improvement, Status Symbols, Taco Bell, and More

February 24, 2017 With Mardi Gras coming up, we're about finding the best party (laissez les bons temps rouler, or, "let the good times roll," as the NOLA locals might say); so, we’re pitting two of the biggest...
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New Orleans Mardi Gras vs. Rio Carnival: A Battle of Hedonistic Holidays

February 23, 2017 It seems like 2017 just started about six hours ago, but somehow we’re already getting close to springtime—and with springtime comes Lent, a yearly practice of sacrificing vices like alcohol or...
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Creating Your Own Path Toward Job Fulfillment

February 21, 2017 When Ellen DeGeneres was asked to deliver a commencement address to 2009 graduates of Tulane University in her hometown of New Orleans, she offered the following advice: “Follow your passion, stay...
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The Dime Roll: What to Do Before You Have a Baby, the Nine Types of Love, and More

February 17, 2017 If you're a child of the 90s, chances are you're familiar with Sublime's "What I Got." Well this week on The Dime Roll, what we've got is love...lots o' love. First up, in honor of Valentine's...
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What It Takes to Make or Break a Habit

February 16, 2017 The Dime crew is big on podcasts because, well, who isn’t? From “Modern Love” to “2 Dope Queens,” we laugh and cry on our way to the gym, office, or happy hour with the girls.
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Lovin' Is What We Got (on Valentine's Day)

February 14, 2017 Valentine's Day. It's one of those holidays that we love to hate—if not because of the over-commercialization associated with it, then because of the unrealistic expectations we inevitably end up...
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The Dime Roll: Affordable Skiing, Mind Tricks to Save Money, the A.I. of the Future, and More

February 10, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, it's all about the insula, the part of the brain that experts believe may contribute to people's money habits—namely, whether they tend to be savers or spenders. For...
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A Guide to Giving Back to Your Community

February 9, 2017 Have you been feeling kind of empty lately? Lacking empowerment? Between the demands of work, family, friends, and other commitments, it’s easy to feel over/underwhelmed  and unfulfilled. If...
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Spending Habits: Insane in the Membrane (No, Really)

February 7, 2017 We’ve all heard the adage that “money can’t buy happiness;” but, did you know that the degree to which you buy (#sorrynotsorry) into that notion very much depends on your brain chemistry? Yep, it...
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The Dime Roll: Making NFL Footballs, Creating a Fun Fund, Avoiding the Flu, and More

February 3, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we've got...salads. They're not that exciting, and they definitely don't rank high on the comfort food scale, but if trying to better your diet is a goal for 2017, then...
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Healthy-Eating Habits for the Salad Impaired

February 2, 2017 Ugh, salads. They’re tedious, boring, and messy. They’re objectively less awesome than pizza or a burrito in just about every way possible. And, it’s nearly impossible to do anything productive...
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DIY: Super Bowl Edition

January 31, 2017 There’s something special about the Super Bowl. Far more than just another American spectacle, it’s an event that hundreds of millions of people across the globe tune in to every year. Yes, the...
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The Dime Roll: Rental Clothes and Jewelry, Mid-Career Internships, Money-Making Hacks, and More

January 27, 2017 This week on The Dime Roll, we've got a glimmer of hope for those working in the public service sector who happen to be drowning in student loan debt (but then again, aren't we all?): the federal...
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So the Broncos Aren't in the Super Bowl, Huh?

January 26, 2017 Funny how different things can be just one year later, huh? RiNo has an upscale food market; the guy who used to host The  Apprentice is the most powerful person in the free world; and,...
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Save Millions (OK, Thousands) on Your Student Loans. Here's How.

January 25, 2017 Here’s a not-so-fun fact: if you went to college in the last decade or so, you’re statistically likely to be buried under a mountain of student loans. In fact, the data shows the student loan debt...
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The Dime Roll: Spend Better, Frugal Fun, Ghost Restaurants, and More

January 20, 2017 It’s mid-January in Colorado…which, for some reason, has inspired a series of posts here at The Dime on that which makes all of our worlds go ‘round: L-O-V-E. Are you paired off and racking your...
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Looking For Love In All the Wrong Places? Swipe Right Here

January 19, 2017 If you feel like you keep striking out in love, you’re not alone. Luckily, we here at The Dime have found someone who can help: Colorado-based dating coach Devon Kerns. Devon brings over a...
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Warm Up With These Stay-At-Home Date Ideas (No “Netflix and Chill” Necessary)

January 17, 2017 If you’re currently paired off/in a relationship/insert-latest-Facebook-status-along-these-lines, one of your goals for the new year may very well be to spend more quality time with your...
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The Dime Roll: Stop Wasting Data, Credit Card Rules, Creepy Websites, and More

January 13, 2017 Uh oh, it’s a Friday the 13th edition of The Dime Roll (not that we’re superstitious or anything). At any rate, you’re in luck (sorry, we couldn’t resist) because we have some great articles this...
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Okay January New Year’s Resolutioners…Settle Down

January 12, 2017 If you’re like us, you’ve probably noticed that those parking spots in front of your gym aren’t as vacant as they were in December, and searching the produce section at your local grocery store is...
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Saving for a Rainy Day (or Really Any Day)

January 10, 2017 Without fail, January allows us to usher in a renewed hope for positive change in the new year. Using the gift of hindsight, we can look back at the previous 365 days and determine what worked—and...
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The Dime Roll: New Year's Resolutions, Simplify Your Life, Amazon Is Huge, and More

January 6, 2017 We’re starting 2017 off on the right foot in this week’s Dime Roll. First, financial resolutions usually don’t last, but we have some tips to help you make sure yours don’t fall by the wayside....
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The Ultimate 2017 New Year’s Resolution: Self-Love

January 5, 2017 It’s January 5th, 2017 [insert dramatic sound effect akin to Law & Order’s iconic “dun dun”]: do you know what your New Year’s resolution is?
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Goodbye Holiday Cookies, Hello 2017 Financial Goals (We Can Help)

January 4, 2017 With New Year’s glitter and hangovers starting to wear off, the promise of a fresh start beckons—leading many of us to look for ways to improve our lives in the coming year (and give a big ol’ “...
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Simply the Best Dime Posts of 2016: Part 2

December 30, 2016 Let’s be real: as Coloradans, we work hard and play harder. Here’s a look back at our top play-centric posts from 2016 (if you haven’t checked out the list we did for all things financial over the...
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Simply the Best Dime Posts of 2016: Part 1

December 29, 2016 Before we ring in 2017, let’s take a look back at our most entertaining and thought-provoking content from this year. From technology increasing its presence in our lives, to money management...
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How to Make Your New Year's Eve As Rad As You Are

December 27, 2016 New Year’s Eve is this weekend, and if you’ve got the feels that we do, you’re stressed out, exhausted from all the traveling and family-togetherness this month, and likely scared to commit to any...
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The Dime Roll: Car Resale Value, Frugal Holidays, Credit Resolutions, and More

December 23, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll, we’ve got two great posts on how to maximize your holiday entertainment. First, if cooking on Christmas isn’t your thing but you think you’re stuck eating ramen noodles...
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The Best Not-So-Traditional Holiday Movies

December 22, 2016 Everyone has their own traditions when it comes to the holiday season and movies are no different. Of course, there are the old classics like White Christmas, Miracle on 34th Street, and It’s A...
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Not Down for Christmas Dinner? Head to These Spots

December 20, 2016 Well, Christmas is finally here. A lot of us are about to spend way too much time in transit, all for way too little time with family we get to see only once a year. By Sunday it will all be...
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The Dime Roll: Sustainable Clothing, Holiday Tipping, Down Payments, and More

December 16, 2016 This week on The Dime Roll, we’ve got outdoor fun, as well as a couple of special companies that are making the world a better place. First, learn everything you need to know about winter...
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Chillorado: Winter Camping Spots You've Got to Try

December 13, 2016 True Coloradans love to camp. Sitting around a fire, roasting marshmallows, basking in the glow of a hundred thousand stars on a moonlit night in the Rockies… what could be more outdoorsy than...
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The Dime Roll: Year-End Financial Tips, Cord Cutting, and More

December 9, 2016 This week on The Dime Roll, it's all about giving and gifting. First, we take a look at a recent philanthropic tradition for our state: Colorado Gives Day. Then, there's a totally gnarly winter...
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Gifting the Gnar: Mountain Swag For Everyone

December 8, 2016 The rumors of the death of the 2016-2017 Colorado ski season have been greatly exaggerated. With all but two of the state’s ski areas already open—and more runs opening every day—it might have...
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What Gives With Colorado Gives Day?

December 6, 2016 From holiday light displays, to around-the-clock holiday music and shop ‘til you drop deals, the holiday season is definitely upon us. Want to do more this year than try frantically to save a few...
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The Dime Roll: Holiday Gifts for Teachers, Forgiving Student Loans, and More

December 2, 2016 In the spirit of the impending gift-giving season, we’ve got two great stories on shopping in this week's edition of The Dime Roll. First, we break down how shopping at local businesses can...
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Gift-Giving: Be All That and a Bag of Chips This Holiday Season

December 1, 2016 Are you over-gifting, overspending, or just flat out scared of where to start your holiday shopping?
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Shop Local, Shop Colorado

November 29, 2016 Have you seen that episode of “Portlandia” where they try to hunt down the chicken from a farm-to-table restaurant and meet him? That playful send-up of the so-called “localvore” craze might be...
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The Dime Roll: Holiday Shopping, Donating Black Friday Sales, and More

November 25, 2016 This week on The Dime Roll, it’s all about November—from Movember mustaches, to a last-minute Thanksgiving Day free-for-all. Plus, as always, we’ve got some awesome links to personal finance...
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Save the Day With These Last-Minute Thanksgiving Tips

November 23, 2016 Unless you’ve been in a turkey coma since last year, you’re probably well aware that Thanksgiving is upon us. For the Martha Stewarts among us, most of the work is likely done. The turkey is...
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Movember: Mo' 'Staches, Less Problems

November 21, 2016 According to the National Cancer Institute, approximately 12.9 percent of men will be diagnosed with prostate cancer at some point during their lifetime. More than 26,000 men will die of the...
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The Dime Roll: Cheap Thanksgiving, How to Break a Lease, Airbnb Changes, and More

November 18, 2016 This week on The Dime Roll, we take look at some of the local theater offerings across Colorado, as well as some tools to employ to make sure you don’t get ripped off when donating to charity....
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How to Make Sure a Charity is Legit

November 17, 2016 Giving back is one of the most gratifying things you can do with your money. From the feeling of doing good, to the tax (and other) benefits associated with your donations, charitable giving is...
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All the State’s a Stage

November 15, 2016 There’s nothing better than going to an amazing theatrical performance and being swept into the emotion of the story on stage. No matter the time of year, there’s usually a hilarious (or tragic)...
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The Dime Roll: Wasting Money on Thanksgiving, Savings vs. Debt, and More

November 11, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll, we’ve got the scoop on a hot new dating app that just may change the way relationships start forever. We’re also highlighting an amazing organization that serves our...
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Think Dating Apps Are All the Same? Think Again

November 8, 2016 Anyone who’s been in the dating pool in the last few years knows the days of blind dates, a meet-cute at the grocery store, or (shudder) a drunk glance around the bar at last call are long gone....
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The Dime Roll: Secret Menus, Kids & Money, Low Credit Score Costs, and More

November 4, 2016 In this week's Dime Roll, we’ve got some tricks for all your leftover Halloween treats. Then, we dive into how you can get something for yourself when you’re giving to others. And as always, we bring...
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Selfish Giving: How to Get the Most Out of Charity

November 3, 2016 The altruistic among us say charity is about giving back. The giver should only be receiving warm fuzzy feelings by helping those in need. Nobody gives to charity for selfish reasons.
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7 Creative Ways to Reuse Leftover Candy

November 2, 2016 Halloween is finally behind us and the agonizing is over. No longer do we need to decide which costume to wear or how to decorate the house.
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The Dime Roll: Halloween Savings, Overcoming Financial Fears, Driving Hazards, and More

October 28, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll, it’s all about Halloween. First, we’ve got a guide to some last-minute costume ideas for all you procrastinators (and parents of procrastinators). Then, a topic many fear:...
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Why Halloween Is the Perfect Time to Talk Life Insurance

October 27, 2016 Despite society being terrified of kids taking candy from strangers, every year in late October, parents and their kids go door-to-door… committing that exact crime. Add to that the overall notion...
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Scare Up Halloween Fun With These 10 Last-Minute Costume Ideas

October 25, 2016 Waking in the middle of the night, feeling frightened and anxious? No, it’s not the sign of a medical condition suddenly inflicting you. These are Halloween-induced maladies, and they’re not provoked...
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The Dime Roll: Whole Foods Hacks, Big Ticket Letdowns, Apple Pay > Credit Cards, and More

October 21, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we’re rolling in two things: DIY Halloween decorations and home equity. First, some incredibly terrifying DIY Halloween decorating hacks will send a chill down the spines...
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What Do Big Increases in (Most) Colorado Home Prices Mean for You?

October 20, 2016 Over the past five years Colorado home prices have soared. Low mortgage rates, a strong local economy, and an inflow of new residents seeking the Colorado lifestyle have driven home prices up...
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10 Easy DIY Halloween Decorating Hacks

October 18, 2016 According to the National Retail Federation, last year the average American family spent about $74 on Halloween decorations. With Thanksgiving and Christmas around the corner, it might be a good...
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The Dime Roll: Reducing Waste, Who Pays for Drinks, Literally Throwing Money Away, and More

October 14, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll it’s two scary subjects: Halloween and taxes. First, we have a rundown of some of the best and most terrifying haunted houses across the state. Then, it’s a post on a topic...
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Death and (Sales) Taxes

October 13, 2016 Whether you relish or dread it, your weekly grocery shopping trip is one of the single biggest line items in your budget. For all of the fuss over saving a few cents here or there with coupons, a...
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The Dime Roll: Halloween, Cheap Dates, Snapchat Worth $25B, and More

October 7, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we have some tips on sports and finance. First, we teach you how to pound the pavement (or lack thereof) in the exciting and economical sport of trail running. Then, some...
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6 Colorado Trail Running Spots You Need to Try

October 4, 2016 Maybe you’re a runner who’s tired of pounding the pavement. Maybe you’re looking for a new cardio workout. Or maybe you’re new to the state and looking to explore the great outdoor playground that...
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The Dime Roll: Credit Cards, DIY Home Decorating, a Blinking Demon Bear, and More

September 30, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll, we’re tackling sports and spotting foliage. If you’re a real sports fan, then you should be interested in which Colorado pro sports team offers you the biggest bang for...
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Fall Colors: Get In Some Leaf Peeping Before It's Too Late

September 29, 2016 Fall is officially here and  for those who know where, when, and how to look, the mountains of Colorado overflow with “gold” for two to three weeks each year and you don’t need to be a miner to find...
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Cheer On Your Favorite Colorado Sports Teams All Season

September 26, 2016 Colorado loves pro sports, and it's easy to see why. In the last 20 years Colorado sports teams have made it to one World Series, they've won two Stanley Cups, and hoisted the trophy after winning...
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The Dime Roll: Library Cards, Managing Your Fears, DIY Cleaning, and More

September 23, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we’ve got some great stuff on the topics of credit and vacation. There are so many myths about credit, and Millennials are especially susceptible; we break down some of the...
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Family Vacation and the Relatively Low Price of Sanity

September 21, 2016 It started with a vision: instead of spending another vacation hanging out around the house in a Denver Metro suburb, I could be watching my kids play in the ocean for the first time. It seemed...
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The Top Five Biggest Credit Myths for Millennials

September 19, 2016 What’s your credit score? If simply seeing that question got your heart rate increasing as you scrambled for the nearest exit, you’re not alone. In fact, researchers have shown a correlation between...
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The Dime Roll: Money Leaks, Car Refinancing, Student Loan Forgiveness, and More

September 16, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we’re talking sports; specifically, baseball and skiing. First, we walk you through how to take your entire family of four to the Rockies for the ridiculously low price of...
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Ski Savings: Hit the Slopes for Less in 2016

September 14, 2016 If you’ve been watching the news, you’ve already heard about a light dusting or two of snow on the higher mountain peaks and in Rocky Mountain National Park. It’s official: winter is coming. And that...
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How Much? Take Your Whole Family Out to the Ballgame for $43

September 12, 2016 Colorado is lucky to have one of the most beautiful and exciting baseball stadiums in the country. Coors Field is consistently ranked in the top 10 across the majors. Unfortunately, except for a...
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The Dime Roll: Frugal Hobbies, Financial Success, the NFL's High Price, and More

September 9, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we’re looking at clothes and investing. Our latest Dime Product Review tackles a popular online thrift store. Next, our preeminent financial guru gives you the ins and outs...
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Socially Responsible Investing: What You Need to Know

September 8, 2016 If you give a lot of thought to protecting the environment, sustainable lifestyles, and making a positive impact on people’s lives, why not carry your socially responsible principals into your...
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Dime Product Reviews: Save Big With ThredUp

September 7, 2016 Let’s be honest. Summer in Colorado is short, so instead of dropping tons of cash on new clothes you may consider going to your favorite thrift store or consignment shop. Since most of us are crazy...
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The Dime Roll: Cheap Decorating Tips, Labor Day Sales, Teacher Discounts, and More

September 2, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we have something for everyone. First up, a frugal guide to Estes Park, Colorado is part of our How Much series. Then, our resident financial guru gives you the ins and...
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Four Reasons Why You Need to Know About Stocks

September 1, 2016 The same friend of mine who recently asked me about bonds really enjoyed my summary and came back with a predictable follow-up question: “OK, I know about bonds now. So what are stocks?”
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How Much? A Family Day Trip to Estes Park for $77

August 30, 2016 If you don’t plan well, a day trip to Estes Park could become really expensive. Fortunately, it’s pretty easy to plan an amazing and budget-friendly day. Sometimes there's nothing better than...
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The Dime Roll: Back to School, Ocktoberfest, Denver Red-Hot for Tourism, and More

August 26, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we have something for the kids and something for the grown-ups. First up, a special guest post from our friends at Money Crashers talks back-to-school shopping. Then, we...
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7 Ways to Save Money on Back to School Clothing

August 22, 2016 Have back to school supplies already taken a bite out of your budget? If you haven't gotten the kids' school wardrobe rounded out yet, get ready. According to a survey conducted by the website ...
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The Dime Roll: Investing 101, Coffee, Economic Myths, and More

August 19, 2016 In this week's Dime Roll we've got coffee and bonds. First, our resident financial mastermind gives you a little Investing 101 lesson on what bonds are and how they work, and then a guest blogger...
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7 Colorado Coffee Shops We're Buzzed About

August 17, 2016 Here's a statistic that should get economists and consumers into a caffeine-induced fervor: coffee is a $48 billion industry. Of that figure, more than half  is part of the "specialty" coffee...
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Four Reasons Why You Need to Know About Bonds

August 16, 2016 A friend of mine recently asked me a very important question regarding investing: “what are bonds?” Since I work with them every day, I realized I take for granted the basic knowledge of one of...
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The Dime Roll: Compare Bank Accounts, Save on Engagement Rings, Video-Jackers, and More

August 12, 2016 This week in the Dime Roll we have a double dose of our “How Much?” series. First, we talk tailgating in anticipation of the upcoming football season, and then we take on how to protect your home...
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How Much? Low-Tech Home Security for $74.95

August 11, 2016 Keeping the different parts of your life safe and secure can sometimes feel a little intimidating. Should you be spending tons of cash on a home security system or on identity theft protection?...
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How Much? Football Tailgating for $28 a Person

August 9, 2016 With football season nearing, Denver fans are gearing up to watch their beloved Broncos defend their hard-fought championship. Football season is unlike any other sport because with only 16 games to...
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The Dime Roll: Purchase a pooch, secure your credit card and Apple adopts pay equality

August 5, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll, we breakdown the cost of adopting a dog in Colorado and our friends from Westerra Credit Union give us a primer on credit card security. Also in this week’s Dime Roll:...
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Credit Card Security: Choosing, Using and (gasp) Losing

August 3, 2016 Maybe you received a phone call from your credit card company, or your card was unexpectedly declined, or you looked in your wallet and found a blank space where your credit card used to be....
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How Much? Purchasing a Pooch for $173

August 1, 2016 If you’re wondering if Colorado has gone to the dogs you’re not alone. Colorado has three cities ranked in the top 100 cities for pet ownership: Colorado Springs, Denver, and Aurora according to ...
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The Dime Roll: Meet this week’s PERA featured member, find grocery store savings on your phone and drinking beer for cash with the Smithsonian

July 29, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll, we meet a Colorado PERA member with a passion for 5K’s and teaching and we give you the lowdown on an app that claims to be able to save you money on groceries. Also in...
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Featured Member: Heathre Palige

July 27, 2016 Today’s featured PERA member is Heathre Palige who is a 6th grade teacher at Belle Creek Charter School in Henderson, CO. She grew up in Maryland and has been a Colorado transplant since 2000 and she...
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Dime Product Reviews: Is Grocery Pal Really a Savings Friend?

July 25, 2016 In the beach staycation How Much? article, I used an app called Grocery Pal, to estimate the cost of buying supplies for a small BBQ. For estimate purposes, this app works fine but how good does the...
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The Dime Roll: Make a splash at Water World, get paid for your loyalty and student loans for Amazon customers

July 22, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll, we show you how to plan a cost saving trip to Water World and explore a list of customer loyalty programs that fit in with your Colorado spending habits. Also in this...
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Customer Loyalty Programs That Scream Colorado

July 21, 2016 The saying goes, “it takes money, to make money.” If you re-word this adage to, “you have to spend money to save money,” then you have a perfect saying for customer loyalty programs. The simple...
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How Much? Make a Splash at Water World for $167

July 18, 2016 As we’ve already covered, Colorado has a few surprises for those that want to make a splash in our landlocked state. Water World, just north of Denver is one of those pleasant surprises that gives...
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The Dime Roll: How free games get you to spend money, 4 ways to get a handle on your student loans, and price hikes at Starbucks

July 15, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we uncover how free mobile games (think Candy Crush or Angry Birds) get you to part with your hard earned cash. We also have a write-up that uncovers 4 ways to get a handle...
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4 Devious Ways Free Mobile Games Can Siphon Money Out of Your Bank Account

July 13, 2016 Two years ago, I downloaded one of the most frustrating apps I’ve encountered - yet, I still use it nearly every day. You probably know the kind of app I’m talking about; it’s a massive...
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4 Simple Ways to Get a Better Handle on Your Student Loans

July 11, 2016 Do your student loans keep you up at night? Are you afraid of looking at your total remaining balance because the mere thought of such a large number makes your stomach drop? If you answered yes,...
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The Dime Roll: Apps that help you organize your life, Denver the Airbnb way and Amazon Savings Tips

July 8, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we examine 3 apps that can help you manage your crazy life, give you an Airbnb Denver itinerary and help you get a handle on your many, many, many passwords. Also in this...
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3 Household Management Apps to Organize Your Life

July 7, 2016 If you are anything like my husband and I you are always looking for ways to streamline chores, communicate better and just stay connected!  My husband and I have a great relationship, don’t get me...
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How Much? The Denver Airbnb Weekend for $278

July 5, 2016 I am a somewhat adventurous traveler. I’ve traveled alone more times than I can count, to a variety of different places both in the United States and abroad. I’ve had the good fortune to be able to...
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Three Easy Password Tips You Can Start Using Today

July 4, 2016 How often do you think about your own online security? Probably not as often as you should. Don’t feel bad though because you’re not alone. I wrote about this topic in 2014, and linked to a report on...
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The Dime Roll: Tipping 101, saving shillings at the Colorado Renaissance Festival, why being too nice is costing you money, a Brexit cartoon and More

July 1, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we present you with the Dime’s definitive guide on tipping and gratuity and we also head to the Colorado Renaissance Festival in Larkspur, Colorado for our “How Much?”...
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How Much? The Ye Olde Colorado Renaissance Festival for $123

June 29, 2016 I think it’s a shame that Colorado does not have a Medieval Times. We’re fast becoming a tourism magnet, and it seems we should boast turkey legs, sword fights, and jousts year-round. I mean,...
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To Tip or Not to Tip?: A 21st Century Guide to Gratuity Etiquette

June 28, 2016 To tip or not to tip, that is the question. The answer? Well that depends. It depends on a lot of factors like where you are, who you are, how you were raised, and what you do for a living and that’s...
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The Dime Roll: Planning a beach staycation, the difference between good and bad debt, Uber hides surges and More

June 24, 2016 This week on the Dime Roll we rundown how to plan the perfect yard sale and highlight our first entry in our new series simply titled “How Much?”  This week’s entry dives into how to have some fun in...
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Planning the Perfect Yard Sale

June 20, 2016 Late spring and summer are better known to weekend deal hunters as yard sale season in Colorado. Seemingly every neighborhood has at least one house hosting a sale with a myriad of different items...
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The Dime Roll: Last Minute Father's Day Deals, Wal-Mart Says Leave Your Purse At Home, Insurance Savings and More

June 17, 2016 This week on the Dime we rundown how to pull off a staycation, how to investigate your insurance bill and possibly recover some money, and a primer on getting the most out of a trip to the Rocky...
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Unpacking the Staycation

June 16, 2016 Vacations are what we make of them. It’s common to think that our only chance to escape the rat race is to head somewhere else but this plan of action comes with an often hefty price tag.
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How to Enjoy Rocky Mountain National Park

June 13, 2016 One of my favorite places to visit in Colorado is Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). I make a point of visiting throughout the year because the park has so many gifts to share at different moments...
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The Dime Roll: Starbucks Has More Cash Than Banks, Pinkwashing, Car Loans, and More

June 10, 2016 This week on the Dime we brought you some cheap and free ways to enjoy summer fun in Colorado, the final chapter in our Renovation Stories series, and an overview of one popular food delivery...
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Food Delivery: Savory Savings at Your Doorstep

June 9, 2016 We’ve all been there.  Driving home from work, it’s getting late, and you’re still trying to figure out what to make for dinner.  Even if you’re the kind of person who’s generally pretty good...
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The Dime Roll: Bills You Can Negotiate, TSA PreCheck, Stores That Pay You, and More

June 3, 2016 This week on the Dime we brought you a guide to upcoming Colorado beer festivals, a guest post on how to find the best online shopping deals, and some practical (but still cool) high school and...
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5 Gifts Grads Need (And Will Actually Use)

June 2, 2016 As spring winds down and begins to roll into summer, another season briefly takes hold for families across the country: graduation season. The culmination of thousands of hours spent working...
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Nevermind the Store: How to Find the Best Shopping Deals Online

June 1, 2016 I wouldn’t say I’m cheap. How about financially aware? My philosophy is if you can get some deals on this purchase, then that leaves more to spend on the next purchase.
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The Dime Roll: What Not to Buy, College Grad Debt, Old Computers, and More

May 27, 2016 This week on the Dime we brought you the second part of a three part series on home renovations, a profile on an Educational Sign Language Interpreter in Aurora Public Schools, and some tips on...
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The Power of a Spending Plan

May 26, 2016 Do you ever find yourself living paycheck to paycheck? Does your savings plan consist of saving whatever you didn’t spend in between two paychecks? Have you ever put off paying a bill so you can...
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Interpreters in Schools Help Deaf Students Sign Their Way to Success

May 25, 2016 Think back to your first day of kindergarten. You might have been unsure about the new experience, excited at the opportunity to learn new things, or nervous about how to make friends. Now try to...
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The Dime Roll: Family Money, Cheap Summer Projects, Edible 6-Pack Rings, and More

May 20, 2016 This week on the Dime we brought you the first part of a three part series on home renovations, a story of how a ski trip nearly cost one of our contributors big money, and some quick tips to avoid...
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Quick Tips: Knock Knock. Scammers Calling.

May 19, 2016 Summer is coming and if your neighborhood is anything like mine, an increase in temperature also means an increase in door-to-door solicitors. While there are plenty of legitimate businesses that...
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How a Day of Skiing Nearly Cost Me $78,000

May 18, 2016 It was 6:30 p.m. on a Sunday evening and my wife and I found ourselves sitting in a cubicle. Just a few hours before, we had been skiing, and now we were seriously contemplating a $78,000 purchase...
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The Dime Roll: Comic Books, Avoiding Bank Fees, Invest in Yourself, and More

May 13, 2016 This week on the Dime we discussed how to skip the line at airport security, whether a home security system is worth it, and the true cost of being a smoker. As always, we’ve also got some of the top...
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How Much Does Smoking Really Cost You?

May 12, 2016 All of those public service announcements, cheesy after-school specials, and other ads aimed at pleading with kids not to ever start smoking cigarettes are completely accurate —because once you...
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Airport Security: How to Skip the Line

May 9, 2016 Whenever I’m at the airport, I see the long security line snake around DIA. It makes me start to wonder about the various “special lines” that require “pre-clearing” in exchange for very short...
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The Dime Roll: Price Matching, Car Maintenance, Airbnb Quandaries, and More

May 6, 2016 This week's Dime Roll is here! We discussed teacher side gigs in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, alternatives to saving for college in a 529, and why it’s okay if you don’t balance your checkbook...
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I Don't Balance My Checkbook Like My Mom

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Teachers for Hire: the Gig Economy for Professionals

May 2, 2016 Summer is nearly here! With it comes hot sun, baseball games, barbeques, sunscreen and, for teachers and students: summer break. People who aren’t educators (or married to one) think summer break...
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5 Apps To Cut Your Grocery Bill

April 28, 2016 People are always looking for ways to save, especially on groceries. A family of four can spend an average of anywhere between $650–1300 per month on groceries. I have a family of five and I spend...
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Fashion Reboot: Haute Couture, Low Cost

April 27, 2016 Flowers have begun to bloom and the days are getting warmer, signaling it’s time to break out brighter colors and warm weather clothing. I can’t wait!  But I don’t want to go broke buying clothes for...
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House Hunting? Get the Right Loan

April 25, 2016 Photo credit:  Jordan McCullough-iStock-Thinkstock
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Quick Tips: Teaching Personal Finance with Pizza Coupons?

April 21, 2016 The other night I was picking up pizza from a national pizza chain. The cashier gave me a coupon with my purchase, which was for 50 percent of my next pizza if I ordered it online.
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Baseball on the Cheap

April 20, 2016 Opening day has come and gone, and now we have the entire summer to enjoy baseball in one of the most beautiful settings in all the majors. Recent history aside, I’m keeping my fingers crossed and...
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Tax Day: Know How Much You Owe

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The Dime Roll: Save on Your Cell Bill, How to Conserve Water, and More

April 15, 2016 According to forecasts, this weekend could be a classic Colorado spring snow storm… and then it will be 80 degrees on Monday. In the meantime, whether it snows an inch or a foot, you can snuggle up...
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Shopping for School Supplies in Spring

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Chip Cards 101

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The Dime Roll: Budget Trips to Steamboat, Buying Foreclosed Homes, and More

April 8, 2016 April is moving fast and tax day is soon approaching, are you ready? Yeah. Some of us at The Dime aren’t either. While you continue to procrastinate on your taxes, revisit our posts from this past...
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Revving Up for Car Show Season

April 7, 2016 We have all seen them before, the shiny row of cars lined up in a parking lot with people wandering around them, but what is going on?
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The Dime Roll: Online Spring Cleaning, Grown-Up Spring Break, and More

April 1, 2016 No April Fools jokes here—just some good, old-fashioned savings. We promise. Plus some great content from The Dime, including how failing to graduate college may impact a lot more than your résumé...
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Tips for the Budding Entrepreneur

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The Dime Roll: Strategic Splurging, Free Stuff, and More

March 25, 2016 If you’re not still digging out from the blizzard, why not dig into some great personal finance content? The Dime contributors brought you ways toddlers can save you money (yes, you read that...
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4 Ways My Toddler Helps Me Save Money

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The Dime Roll: Cashing in on Spring Cleaning, How to Buy a Car, and More

March 18, 2016 This week on the Dime, we looked at whether you should take the family to Disneyland or Disney World (you don't need to choose between the kids and the budget) and how to pay people simply using your...
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Disneyland vs. Disney World: Traveling From Colorado

March 14, 2016 For many, the approaching summertime means vacation time. If you're a Disney fan or simply a kid at heart, you may be eyeing a trip to Disneyland or Disney World in the coming months. When you are...
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The Dime Roll: Overspending on Groceries, Buying American, and More

March 11, 2016 March came in like a lamb and looks to be going… out like a lamb too. While you soak up the sun this weekend, be sure to spend a few minutes catching up on all things personal finance from The Dime...
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Decoding Food Label Lingo

March 9, 2016 Given the explosion of information on food packaging over the last 10 – 20 years, it’s easy to feel a bit overwhelmed by the incredible number of labels on grocery store shelves. From coffee to...
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Are the Kids Asleep? Enjoy a Date Night at Home

March 7, 2016 Once upon a time an unseasonably warm spring day would hit and I’d text my husband the name of some trendy bar with a fabulous patio and we’d meet for after-work drinks.
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The Dime Roll: Denver on the Cheap, Paying for the Sitter, and More

March 4, 2016 The start of March is leading us into another beautiful weekend in Colorado. Just in time for The Dime Roll to bring you money saving tips on what Denver and the surrounding areas have to offer. Will...
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Read Your Way to Financial Freedom

March 2, 2016 There are two famous authors of personal financial planning information whom many people turn to for advice: Suze Orman and Dave Ramsey. Some folks even become disciples of these “financial...
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Paying For College Out of Pocket? Read This.

February 29, 2016 The following is not advice. It is information about an option you have as a Colorado resident who is considering or attending post-secondary school and looking to save money. Last year I opened...
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The Dime Roll: Painless Money Saving Tips, Mobile Contactless Payments, and More

February 26, 2016 It might be winter, but we have some hot links in this week’s Dime Roll. One of our contributors takes on some tax issues that could boost college students’ refunds, while another looks at summer...
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Colorado Summer Camps: Hiking, Biking, and Cooking?

February 24, 2016 Photo credit: Highwaystarz-Photography-iStock-Thinkstock
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The Dime Roll: Saving for Weddings, Kanye's Debt Problems, and More

February 19, 2016 It was a busy week on The Dime, with a Denver teacher sharing her quest to wear second-hand clothes every day for a year, and an inside look at the Colorado Garden and Home Show. Elsewhere, we have...
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Thrifting Tips for the Fashionably Frugal

February 18, 2016 I have always been a pretty frugal shopper. After dabbling in thrift store shopping for a couple of years, I recently decided to make the leap and exclusively shop for my clothes at the thrift store....
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The Dime Roll: Valentine's Budget Tips, Gender and Credit Scores, and More

February 12, 2016 There’s a long Valentine’s Day weekend ahead for many of us, and if you’re one of the many people who still haven’t picked anything up for your sweetheart, we’ve got you covered. There’s also some...
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College: What's It Going To Cost?

February 8, 2016 Photo credit: auleena-iStock-Thinkstock
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The Dime Roll: Super Bowl 50, Valentine's Day Fun on a Budget, and More

February 5, 2016 This weekend, the majority of Colorado will be watching our hometown heroes, the Denver Broncos, play in Super Bowl 50. So what else is there to talk about? Finances, of course! In addition to the...
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Things I Learned While Teaching My Daughter About Money

February 3, 2016 My wife and I have been trying in fits and starts to teach our 7-year-old daughter about money. We’ve tried piggy banks to learn about saving. We’ve sat down and talked to her about coins and...
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The Dime Roll: The Real Cost of "Cheap" Gas, Romantic Getaways on a Budget, and More

January 29, 2016 This week’s Dime Roll dives into some pre-Valentine’s Day destination deals, work clothes for women, and how "cheap" gas isn’t necessarily as cheap as you think. Plus, great content from our Dime...
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Need Some Extra Cash? Read This.

January 25, 2016 It happens to the best of us. It’s been a few months, and despite sticking to your budget, you didn’t quite save what you had planned to for an upcoming trip. When there are shortfalls in our...
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The Dime Roll: Emergency Funds, Denver for Millennials, and More

January 22, 2016 Another week has gone by. Is January seriously almost over? While you wrap your head around that one, check out the Dime Roll with some saving tips for gamers, tips on emergency funds and financial...
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Why the Sudden Spike in My Interest Rates?

January 18, 2016 Photo credit: Oleksiy-Mark-iStock-Thinkstock-e1462568652789
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The Dime Roll: Closing Credit Cards, Saving on Your Bike Commute, and More

January 15, 2016 It’s another edition of the Dime Roll, and we have great stuff for you. The Dime contributors tackle financial advisors and generic food, while some of the top personal finance bloggers from all...
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The Taste Test Showdown: Generics vs. Name Brand

January 13, 2016 The economy of generics A secret lies hidden between rows of products on grocery store shelves: many generic products are exactly the same as their name brand counterparts (other than the...
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Financial Planning: Who You Gonna Call?

January 11, 2016 Photo credit: Irina-Silayeva-iStock-Thinkstock
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The Dime Roll: How to Save in January, Toddler Tips, and More

January 8, 2016 Are you all settled into 2016? Whether you’ve already broken all your resolutions, or you’re looking to expand on your newfound successes, we have you covered with great resources from all around the...
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Bringing Technology and Reading Together: Making a Difference for Kids

January 6, 2016 In the quiet time before the bell rings, thirty computers chime the first movement of a complex symphony as they awaken. I enjoy their song while I walk around the lab, preparing the computers,...
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What is a Robo-Advisor and Do I Need One?

January 5, 2016 Photo credit: Monkey-Business-Images-Stockbroker-Thinkstock
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The Dime Roll: Is Making a New Year's Resolution Worthwhile?

January 1, 2016 As we take on a new year, it's a great time to reevaluate what's important to us and whether or not we're on the right track.  For example, if you value your health and affordable medical care, we...
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Learn to Save with the Sharing Economy

December 29, 2015 Recently, the Dime has had a few things to say about the relatively new idea of a “sharing economy”. Whether it’s finding a different way to get to work or joining a CSA (community supported...
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The Dime Roll: Happy Holidays from the Dime!

December 25, 2015 On behalf the Dime staff, we would like to wish you Happy Holidays! If you’re enjoying some time off and looking to vege out and watch some holiday movies, we have a great guide to the best,...
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How to Defend Against the Post-Holiday Blues

December 22, 2015 Santa is officially back at the North Pole, all of the wrapping paper shreds are in the trash, and you are beginning to feel like the post season football games will not be enough to keep your...
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The Dime Roll: Avoid Overspending at Christmas & Gift Giving on a Budget

December 18, 2015 This holiday season, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteer opportunities all over the...
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Tough Time of Year for Teachers

December 17, 2015 It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Or, is it? Some teachers say it’s the most stressful and difficult time of year, especially for those in their first year. National Public Radio says “one in...
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Five Financial Items to Consider Before the End of the Year

December 15, 2015 As 2015 comes to a close, here are some important financial items to keep in mind.
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The Dime Roll: Great Kid Gifts for Less Than $10 and How to Prepare Financially for 2016

December 11, 2015 This holiday season, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteer opportunities all over the...
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Lend a Hand at Craig Hospital

December 9, 2015 This December, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteering opportunities all over the...
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The Power of $1

December 8, 2015 This December, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteering opportunities all over the...
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The Dime Roll: Top Ten Most Terrible Holiday Gifts and How Kids Can Go From ‘Hangry’ to Focused

December 4, 2015 This holiday season, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteer opportunities all over the...
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Top 10 Most Terrible Gifts to Give This Holiday Season

December 3, 2015 If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Give, Don’t Give Anything at All! We all have that friend or relative who notoriously gives out terrible holiday gifts. This year, don’t be that person. When in...
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Food for Thought: From Hangry to Focused, One PowerSack at a Time

December 2, 2015 This December, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteering opportunities all over the...
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Employer Benefits: Making Saving for Retirement Easier

December 1, 2015 There are a variety of ways to save for retirement without even knowing it. Where you may feel, and see, the dollars in a savings account, your employer most likely will have some options for you...
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The Dime Roll: Learning Through Movement, Benefits of Being a Mentor and Decking the Halls on a Budget

November 27, 2015 This holiday season, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteering opportunities all over...
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Mentoring: the Gift that Keeps on Giving!

November 25, 2015 Throughout my life I’ve been fortunate to run into adults who went out of their way to mentor me in some aspect of my life. One was the parent of a close friend who helped me understand money,...
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Learning Through Movement: It's Not Your Mother's Classroom

November 24, 2015 “If I overheard a conversation about me as a teacher from students, I would hope to hear, ‘Ms. Chrysler really cares about me, my well-being, my life, and future. I know that I can always go to...
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The Dime Roll: Stepping Stones to Self Sufficiency, Craft Beer, Volunteer Opportunities and More!

November 20, 2015 This November, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteering opportunities all over the...
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Let's Craft Some Beer, Colorado!

November 18, 2015 Now that we've cleared up some of the confusion with Craft Beers 101, it is time to get out there and find out why it is such a big draw in Colorado. With some breweries also offering great food and...
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The Dime Roll: Craft Beer 101, Volunteering Opportunities, and Holiday Spending Mistakes

November 13, 2015 This November, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteering opportunities all over the...
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Craft Beer 101

November 11, 2015 A craft brewer is defined as a brewery that has an annual production of six million barrels of beer or less. These breweries normally innovate with the various types of beers they bring to market and...
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This Organization is Protecting the Rights and Dignity of Colorado’s Most Vulnerable

November 10, 2015 This November, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteering opportunities all over the...
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The Dime Roll: Volunteering Families, Improving Your Credit Score, and 401(k) Fees

November 6, 2015 This November, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including our weekly Dime Roll, to introducing volunteering opportunities all over the...
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Do You Have the Gift of Negotiation?

November 4, 2015 Does it bum you out to think about giving up a latte, cable television, sporting events, or a nicer car to pay for something in the far flung future? It bums me out because I’m a materialist at...
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Lend a Paw in Colorado. Volunteer.

November 3, 2015 This November, The Dime is taking on the theme of giving back. We have dedicated a portion of our posts, including The Dime Roll (which we post weekly), to introduce volunteer opportunities across...
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The Dime Roll: Why People Retire, Skipping Credit Cards, and Free Stuff

October 30, 2015 It’s Halloween weekend, and The Dime Roll has content from our contributors and around the web of both the spooky and saving variety. Whether you’re heading out with some trick-or-treaters, or you’re...
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Empower Yourself in the Health Care Marketplace

October 27, 2015 We've talked about the importance of staying educated and informed in the current health care marketplace. The good news is the health care service model, from both medical and cost standpoints, is...
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Craft Beer 101: What's That Hoppy One Called Again?

October 25, 2015 The days of simply ordering ‘a beer’ are over. Most of us don’t miss it. It seems craft breweries have taken over and there isn't an end in sight.
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The Dime Roll: Money After Marriage, Teaching Finance With Candy, and Travel Apps

October 23, 2015 This week, The Dime Roll brings you tips on handling finances after marriage, tech tips with podcasts and apps, and holiday ideas to save (and teach) about money. Who knew you could learn about...
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Cheap Ways to Walk Like A Zombie this Halloween

October 21, 2015 It’s that time of year again! The last two years, I’ve done quick tips on cheap Halloween wounds and a step-by-step on zombie wounds using easy products—mostly glue and toilet paper.
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Why You Shouldn’t Save For Retirement

October 20, 2015 National Save for Retirement Week is a time to raise awareness about the importance for saving for retirement and a chance to reflect on where we are in the process. Employers who sponsor...
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The Dime Roll: Pro Athletes as Investors, Unique Holiday Saving Tips, and More

October 16, 2015 This week on the Dime Roll, we bring you unique saving tips for the holidays (let's just move the day we exchange gifts), how not to invest like a pro athletes, and myths about living green. Check it...
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Utilizing the Past in Planning for the Future

October 13, 2015 Planning for the future creates many questions:
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The Dime Roll: Free Lunch, Millennial 401(k)s, Inheritances, and More

October 9, 2015 This week, The Dime Roll brings some food for thought on saving for you and your kids plus great ways to save on crafts and meals (Free lunch anyone?)
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Local Theater Brings Unique Magic

October 7, 2015 Well, fall has arrived. Stop for a minute and think about your plans for the weekend. Do they involve a movie marathon and a giant bowl of popcorn again? Perhaps several birthday parties at the local...
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Trust Me: Finding the Truth in Studies

October 6, 2015 Check out this related story on PERA's policy blog, PERA on the Issues : How to Be a Smart Consumer of Information   On any given day, we’re bombarded by data. Numbers, formulas, analyses, and...
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The Dime Roll: Early Holiday Savings, Staycations, Health Care Tips, & More

October 2, 2015 This week the Dime Roll brings you early ideas for holiday savings, cutting costs with medical bills, and more!
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Finding Aspen Gold In Colorado

September 30, 2015 Fall is officially here and  for those who know where, when, and how to look, the mountains of Colorado overflow with “gold” for two to three weeks each year and you don’t need to be a miner to...
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Stocks: How do you estimate expected returns?

September 29, 2015 The returns from investing can be very volatile even in the safest investments. Unlike depositing your money in a bank and getting a predictable interest amount, the returns on your investment...
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The Dime Roll: Kid Parties, Investment Mistakes, Home Finances, and More

September 25, 2015 Money-saving shopping and entertainment hacks, investment mistakes, and tools for managing your home finances make up the Dime Roll today. Check it out!
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Low Credit Score? It'll Cost You

September 22, 2015 More and more, credit bureau scores are being used to make decisions about you. Your score influences your loan interest rates, car insurance rates and may determine if you are approved for an...
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The Dime Roll: Kids and Finances, Fitness for Cheap, & More

September 18, 2015 We’ve got fall savings, getting fit for less, and other great tips in this week’s Dime Roll. Enjoy!
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7 Tips to Help You Get Top Dollar for Your Home (Photos)

September 15, 2015 Everyone is talking about how hot Denver’s real estate market is. Denver is number one in the country with a whopping 10.2 percent year-over-year price increase, which puts us higher than San...
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The Dime Roll: Bank Rewards, Garage Sale Tips, & More

September 11, 2015 It’s time for the Dime Roll! This week we have a little bit of everything, so click and save!
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Minor League Sports, Major League Value

September 9, 2015 Pro sports get a lot of attention in Colorado, mainly due to Denver being one of only twelve US cities with teams from all four major professional sports leagues (eight if you include professional...
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Bank Rewards: Free Money (With a Catch)

September 8, 2015 When I was in junior high I began mowing lawns in the neighborhood. After deciding I needed a safer place for my money than my dresser, I opened a checking and savings accounts (with a decent...
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The Dime Roll: Labor Day Ideas, Cheap Travel & More

September 4, 2015 It's Labor Day weekend, so grill up some hot end-of-summer savings with this week's Dime Roll!
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The Truth About Millennials (Pt. 2)

September 2, 2015 Yesterday, I introduced you to some of the Millennials who prove their generation is bucking conventional wisdom on public employment. From education to Capitol Hill, these public employees are...
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The Truth About Millennials

September 1, 2015 (Editor's note: this is part 1 of a 2 part series. Click here to read part 2)
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Mom & Dad's Health: What You Need to Know

August 27, 2015 As much as I don’t want to admit it, I know my parents are getting older and soon I’ll assume the role of caregiver for them. It’s a role I take on reluctantly, and one I’ll probably avoid for as...
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Expand Your Horizons With These Online Learning Sites

August 26, 2015 Recently I wrote about why a traditional college education is not the best route for everyone wishing to get ahead in the world. Due to the cost of tuition, loss of income (and retirement savings)...
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Great Office Wardrobe Looks for Less

August 25, 2015 I was recently having lunch with a young attorney who just started her first “real” job out of law school, and the question came up – how do I build a business wardrobe without breaking the bank?...
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Culture on a Budget

August 20, 2015 Recently, the local and national news has covered the shock of the Wild Animal Sanctuary raising their prices for admission from $15 to a whopping $50 per person. This angered Colorado residents who...
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Back to Basics: How to Make a Budget

August 19, 2015 Ready to get financially fit? First things first: creating a budget. There are a few logistical routes to take -- you can use a free service like Mint, a paid software like Quicken, or you do it...
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Should You Buy Your Produce Through a CSA?

August 18, 2015 I’m a fan of buying fresh, local produce whenever possible. Not only am I supporting my local economy (and small businesses), I am decreasing my food miles. Food miles are the distance your food...
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The Dime Roll: Cell Phone Savings, Financial Mistakes & More

August 14, 2015 It's back to school time, which means whether you're a parent or an educator (or both) you're probably looking to save as much money as you can. We have some tips, plus other great ideas. Check it...
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Why College Isn't Always the Answer

August 12, 2015 Higher education has received a significant amount of criticism in the past few years and rightfully so. Whether you’re pursuing a degree program or a trade, it’s important to weigh the costs against...
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How to Save Money (and Your Sanity) in the Moving Process

August 11, 2015 Just got your first house? Moving into a bigger apartment? Congrats! Now comes the hard part -- physically packing and moving all your stuff.
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Want to Share Your Love of Reading? Create Your Own Little Free Library

August 5, 2015 In 2009, two Wisconsin residents saw an opportunity to celebrate the past and help people read into the future. Inspired by Andrew Carnegie’s support of public libraries of the 19th to 20th centuries...
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The Psychology of Gas Prices

August 4, 2015 Exactly how much was the last gallon of milk you bought? How about the last loaf of bread or cup of coffee? Even though these are items most of us purchase on a regular basis, it’s hard to recall...
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What Can I Expect From My Retirement Plan?

August 3, 2015 Navigating the world of retirement plans can seem daunting at best. How much income will you need in retirement and what plans are better equipped to ensure you get there? How much can you hope to...
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Discounts Galore: Back to School Shopping Guide for Teachers

July 28, 2015 It’s back-to-school time and there’s a lot of prepping to do to get the year started -- decorating classrooms, ordering supplies, planning schedules and mapping out lesson plans. For most teachers,...
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Need a Ride? Try These Alternative Forms of Transportation

July 27, 2015 Gone are the days when you had to choose between the bus, taxi, or your own vehicle to get from point A to point B. Now you can hop on a B-Cycle, grab a golf cart, or get picked up by a ride share...
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The Dime Roll: Road Trips, Financial Gut Checks, Money Plans & More

July 24, 2015 With half the year over, now is the perfect time to check up on your finances and make sure you're set to finish the year strong. This week we have some articles to help you make that happen. Check...
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Roth Conversions: Should You Foot the Tax Bill Now?

July 22, 2015 We’ve talked about Roth contributions on the Dime before -- also known as “the never-ending conundrum of whether to pay taxes now or pay them later.” (Here's a refresher course.)
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Yes, Even You Need Disability Insurance

July 21, 2015 The other night, over dinner with friends, a conversation was sparked over something most of us never think about: disability insurance. Both couples at the table were receiving disability...
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Could Online Grocery Delivery Services Save You Time and Money?

July 20, 2015 Online grocery delivery services have been taking off in popularity lately.  It seems that every grocery store features advertisements for their grocery delivery service, and some stores are offering...
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The Dime Roll: Summer Recipes, Estate Planning, Quick Wins & More

July 17, 2015 Recipes to help you enjoy the fresh produce of summer, tricks to score online shopping discounts, estate planning advice and much more -- find it all in this week's Dime Roll.
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The Latest Craze: Living Large in a Tiny House

July 15, 2015 Have you ever thought about downsizing your home?  I’m not talking about going from the 4,000 square foot mini estate to 3,500 square feet, nor am I suggesting an 80 square foot cell.  I’m talking...
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Cloud Storage: Smart, Inexpensive Ways to Keep Your Memories Safe

July 14, 2015 In the last few months my wife, as well as two of our friends, gave birth for the first time. Last week, we had a get together at our house so everyone could get some baby cheek squeezing in. While...
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Why Roth is Great for Both the Young and the Young at Heart

July 13, 2015 A lot of Roth supporters tout the benefits for younger workers. After all, those are the workers who may be in a lower tax bracket now than they will be later, and younger workers have the benefit of...
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The Dime Roll: Investing Myths, Europe for Cheap, DIY Toys & More

July 10, 2015 Whether you are dreaming of a European vacation but only have a small budget to support it, or you're worried about investing your hard-earned dough, we have articles this week to help. Check it out.
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Shhhh....Don't Tell Anyone About These Colorado Gems

July 8, 2015 Over the years, I’ve been lucky enough to travel extensively throughout the fantastic State of Colorado. Colorado, as we know, has some of the most beautiful scenery in the world. Added to that...
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The Dime Roll: July Deals, Tackling Debt, Essential Savings & More

July 3, 2015 Wondering what you should and shouldn't buy in July? Or are you clueless about how to manage your debt? We cover those topics and many more in this week's Dime Roll!
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Student Loans vs. Saving for Retirement: Why It Shouldn't Be One or the Other

July 1, 2015 A friend’s recent post on social media got me thinking about a topic a lot of millennials give an inordinate amount of thought to: student loans.  (Myself included -- check out this post I wrote...
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How I Pulled Off an Awesome DIY Wedding

June 30, 2015 It happened -- I’m officially married. A couple of months ago I wrote a post about how I was planning our affordable DIY wedding and I was so excited. We worked hard to make it as personal as...
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The Conversation You Should Be Having With Your Parents

June 29, 2015 If you are part of the sandwich generation, you are stuck between the responsibilities of raising your own children and the possibility of having to care for aging parents. It’s great that increasing...
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The Dime Roll: Life Hacks, Smart Spending, Minimum Wage & More

June 26, 2015 Inexpensive beauty buys, smart spending strategies, delicious summer recipes -- it's all in this week's Dime Roll!
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Get Your Tunes On the Go: Top Music Subscription Services

June 24, 2015 Just before the turn of the 21st century, the music industry reached a turning point. Up until then, popular music was sold and consumed in largely the same way it had been for many...
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Why You Shouldn't Base an Investing Strategy on a One-Year Return

June 23, 2015 Most people don’t like to see short term fluctuations in the value of their retirement savings account. When the value of the account goes down, they think they will never have enough money to...
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Robbing From Ourselves: Why Our Ancestry May Be to Blame

June 22, 2015 Why do so many of us spend our retirement savings today instead of saving for when we’ll need it? The answer may come from our ancestors.
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The Dime Roll: Free Movies, Emergency Savings, Skyrocketing Rent and More

June 19, 2015 Free places to legally download movies, the best time to book a flight, hidden benefits of credit cards -- this week's Dime Roll has a whole smorgasbord of topics. Check it out.
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Mark Your Calendar for These FREE Summer Festivals and Events

June 16, 2015 Summer is officially here and that means taking full advantage of the few months of the year Colorado is gloriously free from snow. Festivals and events are scheduled for nearly every weekend from...
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The Ripple Effect: How a Paycheck Can Pack a Big Economic Punch

June 15, 2015 Almost seven years ago, the American economy entered the worst period of recession since the Great Depression. Millions of Americans were out of work, industry slowed to a crawl, and the US...
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The Dime Roll: Banking Fees, Gym Memberships, Psychological Traps & More

June 12, 2015 Find out how to avoid banking fees, save on gym memberships and find the best reward credit cards -- it's all in this week's Dime Roll!
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Behavioral Finance: Here's Why Saving Seems So Difficult

June 10, 2015 Why do so many employees leave their contributions in a plan’s default fund rather than set up a more favorable asset allocation? Why would a retirement plan participant with a long time horizon...
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6 Reasons to Consider Breaking Up With Your Bank

June 9, 2015 Switching banks can be a massive pain. The last time I went through the process, it took me several months to officially pull the funds out of one bank and deposit them into the accounts I had...
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Copays, Deductibles, and the Real Cost of Procedures: How to Be a Smart Healthcare Consumer

June 8, 2015 The landscape of healthcare is evolving daily. In the past few years, the impact of far-reaching legislative healthcare reform has fostered a national conversation on healthcare. Many states are...
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The Dime Roll: Wedding Expenses, Student Loan Interest, Moving & More

June 5, 2015 Whether you're trying to stay on a strict wedding budget or you're contemplating a move, we've got you covered with the vast array of topics in this week's Dime Roll. Take a look
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Why You May Need to Go On a Financial Diet

June 3, 2015 Have you ever looked down at your waistline and thought, " Wow, I've really got to get my eating habits under control and lose some weight?" That feeling of helplessness, spinning out of control, and...
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Cutting the Cable Cord: What Worked For Me

June 2, 2015 It has been about 18 months since I wrote about getting rid of cable and the big monthly bill that comes with it. So, how have I done with that plan? I’ll admit, I stalled a few months. It was...
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Colorado Summer Camps for Every Kid in Your Family

June 1, 2015 Summer is here and that means summer break for your kids. You have their summer all planned out, right? Yeah, neither do I.
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The Dime Roll: Amazon Secrets, Credit Mistakes, Data Breaches & More

May 29, 2015 We found some awesome personal finance content around the blogosphere this week -- everything from insanely cheap wedding dresses to scoring the best deals on Amazon. Take a look.
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Higher Education, Colorado-Style: Interesting Degree Programs Worth a Look

May 27, 2015 Whether you wish to move up or into your desired career field, certificates and degrees can have a role in making that possible. These academic programs are a perfect fit in Colorado.
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Investment Fraud: How to Protect Yourself

May 26, 2015 A few years ago a securities analyst, economist, and the owner of the New York Mets walked into a money manager’s office. It sounds like the beginning to a bad joke, but what happened next is...
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What Happens to PERA Benefits If You're a Short-Term Employee?

May 25, 2015 One of the advantages of working in a position covered by PERA, is there are over 500 affiliated employers in Colorado, each of which would allow you to keep growing your PERA benefit. But what if...
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The Dime Roll: Memorial Day Deals, Mortgage Tips, Dorm Buys & More

May 22, 2015 Whether you're thinking of checking out some Memorial Day sales or you're in need of some ways to cut costs and save money, we have a little something for everyone in today's Dime Roll!
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You're Giving Your Money Away and Here's What You Can Do About It

May 20, 2015 Paying high fees for financial services is slowly becoming a thing of the past. Information and transparency have driven down the fees and made investors much savvier about the fees and expenses they...
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Yoga on a Budget: How to Clear Your Mind and Tone Your Body for Less

May 19, 2015 Yoga provides a fantastic way to work out your body as well as your mind. However, like buying organic groceries and going on vacations, things that are good for us tend to be more expensive than...
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The Dime Roll: Cheap Airfare, DIY Home Improvements, Maternity Leave & More

May 15, 2015 Just in time for summer we have ways to save BIG on airfare, DIY backyard improvements, and much more. Check it out!
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Expecting a Baby? Your Parenting Philosophies Can Have a Big Impact on Your Finances

May 12, 2015 As a new parent—my wife gave birth to our first child, a boy, on March, 20 2015—the happiness and emotion you feel as your due date approaches can be overwhelming at times. Another potentially...
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The Top 10 Products Everyone Needs From Their Financial Institution

May 11, 2015 Ok, so maybe not everyone, but these are the products that will determine whether or not your relationship with your financial institution is a success.
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The Dime Roll: Mother's Day Freebies, Retail Therapy, Maximizing Your Budget, & More

May 8, 2015 Whether you're looking for ways to treat mom for Mother's Day (on a budget, of course), or you're struggling with the massive amount of money you have to shell out to be a wedding guest, we're here...
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PERA On The Issues: Where Insight Meets Innovation

May 5, 2015 In recent months, news outlets have poured out a steady stream of articles related to retirement savings, public pensions, and retirement security -- or the lack thereof -- for Americans. Fear and...
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Celebrating the Impact of Awesome Educators

May 5, 2015 As I was contemplating what I might right to really highlight the importance of honoring our teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week (and every week for that matter), I received a friend request on...
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TV Teachers We Could Never Forget

May 4, 2015 Throughout television history, strong, kind, inspirational educators have helped to keep us glued to our sets. Some may have been less than kind for the sake of entertainment, but the one thing they...
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The Dime Roll: Secret Cell Plans, Free Checking, IKEA, & More

May 1, 2015 Cell phone coverage on the cheap, awesome free checking accounts, student loan consolidation -- it's all in this week's Dime Roll. Check it out.
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VIDEO: Kids Say the Darndest Things (Financial Literacy Edition)

April 29, 2015 Last week, when our office was overrun by kiddos for Take Your Child to Work Day, we decided to get their take on a few things money-related. As you might imagine, their answers ran the gamut from...
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Should You Be Investing in International Stock Funds?

April 28, 2015 Many investors are diversifying their portfolios with international stock funds. Their goal is to increase returns and reduce risk by investing in assets that are not directly correlated to their...
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Calculate Your Way to Financial Success

April 27, 2015 When deciding which goals to tackle in life, putting pen to paper is often a good idea to determine if you can afford it. Fortunately, for those of us that are less mathematically inclined, there are...
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How to Be Money Smart -- Even If You Want Your Partner to Manage the Finances

April 23, 2015 Working with both husbands and widows throughout the years, I’ve learned it's not uncommon for women to rely on their partner when it comes to money management.  I also know, as a woman and a...
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Surprising Gap Revealed Between Parents’ and Teens’ Views on Paying for College

April 22, 2015 According to the National Center for Education Statistics, the cost of tuition and room and board at public colleges and universities has increase by more than 40 percent since 2001. Coupled with...
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Debit Cards, Credit Cards, Identity Theft and You

April 21, 2015 Did you know one of the most prevalent types of identity theft is debit and credit card fraud?
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Financial Literacy in Schools: How One Woman Is Changing the Tide

April 20, 2015 Could you imagine a world in which people reach adulthood prepared with basic financial education about money, credit, and retirement?  The best life lessons are the ones learned early and reinforced...
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The Dime Roll: Wedding Gifts, Money Myths, Science of Shopping, & More

April 17, 2015 This week on The Dime Roll we have tips for cutting the cost of wedding presents, help for when your health insurance company won't pony up the dough, and much more. Check it out.
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Why I Made a Life Plan, Not a Retirement Plan

April 14, 2015 There is nothing more depressing than the topic of retirement planning. Who could possibly want to spend more than a fleeting moment pondering what unpleasant, dreary days, they will suffer...
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Services You Didn't Know Your Local Library Offered

April 13, 2015 When it comes to your local library, you probably think of free book and DVD rentals. But libraries are regularly adding new programs and services that appeal to a wide range of patrons -- from...
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The Dime Roll: Teacher Bloggers, World Travel, Creating a Financial Plan, & More

April 10, 2015 Whether you're wondering if you should shell out extra for that warranty or how to travel the world without obliterating your budget, we've got you covered with this week's Dime Roll!
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Cohabitating Before the Ring: Covering Your Financial Bases

April 8, 2015 It used to be dubbed “living in sin,” but regardless of the previously negative connotation, cohabitation rates have gone up a whopping 900% in the last 50 years. Studies show that two-thirds of...
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Can They Get Away With That?

April 7, 2015 Most of us know someone who has been fleeced by bad investment advice. I certainly do. In my case it was a family member who took the funds in a 401(k) plan and rolled them into an IRA plan at an...
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This Is Why Your Budget Doesn't Work

April 6, 2015 Guilt is the reason I have never jumped on the budgeting bandwagon. I’m quite skilled at making myself feel bad if I deviate from a plan, so putting exact dollar amounts to spending categories...
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The Dime Roll: Organic Groceries, Money Arguments, Cable Bills, & More

April 3, 2015 This week's Dime Roll covers everything from buying organic on a budget to working through money fights with your partner. Check out all the great content!
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No One Cares About Your Money Like You Do

April 1, 2015 Financial decision-making often occurs in murky waters. We try to make sound, educated decisions, but all of the choices we face create complications we don’t necessarily know how to handle. So...
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Are You Sailing Into Retirement on a Leaky Boat?

March 31, 2015 If you are plotting a financial course that will smoothly take you from your income earning years through to a secure retirement, you may be relying upon a 401(k) account or an IRA account to...
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The Dime Roll: American Dream, Beauty Buys, Travel Tips, & More

March 27, 2015 Stuck in a financial rut? Wondering how you can cut costs on travel? We have solutions to those financial woes and so many more in this week's Dime Roll. Check it out.
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The More You Make, the More You Need

March 25, 2015 One of the strange ironies of life is it always seems the more money you make, the more money you need. This is especially true when you think about your retirement plans. As you progress along...
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MyRA: New Account Option Takes a Stab at Retirement Security

March 24, 2015 It’s no secret that retirement savings, or lack thereof, is one of the hot-button topics in politics today. The Dime has given its 10 cents (feeling pun-ny today?) about retirement issues from ...
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Cell Phone Plans Up the Ante With New Options

March 23, 2015 I believe it was back in 1998, when I was 17, that I purchased a cell phone to replace my pager. I purchased a Qualcomm QCP-2700, a small brick of a phone. It didn’t matter that its shape made it...
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The Dime Roll: Spring Cleaning, Busyness, Buying a Mattress, & More

March 20, 2015 Whether you're dreaming of spring break, thinking your finances could use a little organizing, or you're guilty of being too busy, we have something for you in this week's Dime Roll. Check it out.
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Pedaling for Charity: Colorado's Bike Scene Offers Plenty of Opportunities to Give Back

March 18, 2015 A few days ago, I paused to think about how bicycling is one sport that transcends any age limitations.  It begins with the wobbly first attempt as a child and can extend far into our golden years.
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The Unbanked and Underbanked: Why Many Opt Out of the Banking System

March 17, 2015 While many people depend on their bank for everything from everyday money management tasks to big money pursuits like car loans and mortgages, a significant portion of the population doesn't take...
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Traveling for Spring Break? Consider Your Health

March 16, 2015 With temperatures slowly trending upward, that spring break trip you planned with your family is just around the corner. When planning a vacation, particularly an international vacation, the focus...
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The Dime Roll: Airline Partnerships, Mortgage Rates, Minimalism, & More

March 13, 2015 Making a retirement plan, scoring the best mortgage rate, tax deductions for 20-somethings -- find these topics and many more in this week's Dime Roll.
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From Survival Mode to Financial Independence: Where Do You Stand?

March 11, 2015 It has been twelve years since I took a psychology class as a high school senior, but I remember a few things from Mr. Erwin’s class.  First, Mr. Erwin rode his bike to school every single day. ...
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Sick of Renting? Read This.

March 9, 2015 Rent prices are skyrocketing, especially in Denver. If that fact is getting you down, it might be time to start looking into buying a home. There is a myth, especially with the millennial generation,...
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The Dime Roll: Money Scripts, Credit Card Secrets, Daylight Savings, & More

March 6, 2015 This week on The Dime Roll, we have everything from how to cut the cost of your cellphone bill to signs you should drop your financial advisor. Take a minute to check out all the awesome content.
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The Real Risk in Retirement Savings

March 4, 2015 When people think about the risk in their retirement saving, they usually think about the value of their investments. How many times have you heard people say that they don’t invest in stocks...
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The High Cost of Entertainment: Biggest Box Office Flops (and Successes) of All Time

March 3, 2015 The Hollywood film industry evokes images of glitzy red carpets, beautiful actors and actresses, and, of course, some of the most iconic shots in our collective cultural consciousness. The image it...
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The Dime Roll: March Buys, Online Banking, Strange Taxes, and More

February 27, 2015 Wondering what you can score a deal on in March? Or are you thinking about switching to an online bank? You'll find those topics and many (many) more in this week's Dime Roll!
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Young Americans Bank: Teaching Colorado Kids How to Manage Their Dollars & Cents

February 25, 2015 After working hard to get yourself on solid financial footing, you may be asking how you can get the money conversation started at home.  Don’t worry, you’re not alone.  Many parents and grandparents...
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4 Ways to Give Your Savings Account a Boost

February 24, 2015 This is the time of year when we reflect on our lives and make resolutions to change. My resolutions have ranged from healthy eating, reading more books, watching less TV, exercising more and of...
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Keeping Your Cash Under the Mattress? Put It Here Instead

February 23, 2015 Over the past several years, interest rates have been at historically low levels (for more on interest rates, check out our post What Happens When the Fed Raises Interest Rates.) While this is great...
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The Dime Roll: Debt vs Retirement, Broke Athletes, Freezer Meals & More

February 20, 2015 When does it cost more to remain a loyal customer? How should you juggle debt repayment and saving for retirement? What should house hunting millennials know about the home buying process? Find...
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Have You Seen It? New Digs, Even More Great Information

February 18, 2015 Whether you are a new public employee, or several years into your career, it's important to know about your benefits and how they impact your overall financial picture. But when you're in the...
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Are You Driving Without a Spare Tire?

February 17, 2015 Not having an emergency cash reserve is like driving around with no spare tire in your car. Sure, everything is fine today, but what happens when you unexpectedly lose your paycheck? How would you...
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Teacher's Side Gig Has Her Students Acting Out

February 16, 2015 A teacher’s day needs to end, just like anyone else. Many have hobbies or side jobs that they do after work, on the weekends, or over the summers. Often their students aren’t aware of what kinds...
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The Dime Roll: President's Day Sales, Best Investments, Payday Loans & More

February 13, 2015 Ready for your weekly fix of personal finance knowledge? This week we found great articles on things to scope out at President's Day sales, how to buy new appliances, and investment tips from some...
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Feeling Under the Weather? Try These Home Remedies

February 11, 2015 A hundred years ago, people relied on home remedies that their grandmother “cooked up” or had been used as traditional reliefs. Homeopathic and natural remedies may lack the scientific proof for...
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Where to Get Your Chocolate Fix in Colorado

February 10, 2015 I think it’s safe to say the majority of people like chocolate. How they like their chocolate might differ greatly, but overall it’s a big winner when it comes to treats and gifts. What people may...
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Stop! Before You File Your Taxes, This Is What You Need to Know

February 9, 2015 By now you should have received your tax related forms from your employer, your bank(s), your mortgage company, and any other entity that is required to report tax information about you to the IRS...
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The Dime Roll: Drugstore Bargains, Insurance Perks, Society of Grownups and More

February 6, 2015 Ready to brush up on what's happening in the personal finance world? Check out the great posts we found this week.
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Do You Actually Know How Your Investments Are Doing?

February 4, 2015 Just like checking up on your physical health, it’s a good idea to do a periodic review of your investments to see how well you are doing. When the statement arrives, it’s easy to see what the...
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Save Your Waistline and Your Wallet. Here's How.

February 3, 2015 It’s that time of year again – the resolutions to get in shape, lose the weight gained from the holiday cookies, and stay on track through the new year. I am generally a pretty healthy eater and like...
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Is Teaching a Lifelong Career? Not Always.

February 2, 2015 As a special needs teacher in a Kansas City elementary school, Aaron Sherman felt a strong connection with his students with autism. He found himself in tune with their needs and sympathy and...
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The Dime Roll: New Mortgage Rules, Economic Abuse, Road Trips & More

January 30, 2015 Whether you're thinking about where you'll go for spring break, how to correctly file your taxes, or how to put together a killer Super Bowl party, we've got you covered. Check it out.
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Benefits of 529 Plans You Probably Didn't Know About

January 28, 2015 In December, I made the decision to stop buying my nieces and nephew gifts for Christmas and birthdays. It’s not as awful as it sounds -- I decided to open 529 savings accounts for all of them...
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Colorado Myths You Could Have Sworn Were True (and Some That Actually Are)

January 27, 2015 There are many different stories about our fair state. Some are true. Some are not. Either way, it’s a fun way to look at our history and how stories evolve over time. Here are some fun facts...
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Savings Touchdown: Host a Super Bowl Party on a Budget

January 26, 2015 184 million Americans will watch the Super Bowl this year, with nearly 43 million viewers planning to host a party. Over 25 percent of those surveyed plan to attend a Super Bowl party, with total...
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The Dime Roll: Costco Hacks, Twitter Deals, Money Fears & More

January 23, 2015 This week we scoured the web and found some great articles to help you save more money, ensure your tax season runs smoothly, remind you of the awesome power of compound interest and much more. Take...
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The Power of Gift Cards: An Easy Way to Save a Bundle

January 21, 2015 You might think of gift cards as something you give in lieu of a physical gift, but that’s not the only thing they’re good for. Instead, savvy shoppers use them to save money on everyday purchases –...
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New Study Shows Why It's Tough to Be a Millennial

January 20, 2015 Whether you are living it firsthand or are living with one in your house, you know that in this world, it’s tough to be a millennial. People in the age group 18 through 34 are generally considered...
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day: Celebrating an American Dreamer

January 19, 2015 Americans are big dreamers.  These dreamers date back to the founders and continue through the biggest of them all - Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  If we really think about the dreamers and what that...
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The Dime Roll: Tax Hacks, Happy Splurges, Simplicity & More

January 16, 2015 This week we found some awesome content covering everything from free tax help to handling post-holiday debt. Take a look!
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10 Apps to Make Your Life Easier in 2015

January 14, 2015 I admit, I am a sucker for the New Year’s resolution push at the beginning of each year.
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Why I Have 11 Checking Accounts

January 12, 2015 When I decided to get serious about reducing my debt, I knew I needed to find a money management system that would work for me. It had to be easy and one that I could manage daily. I read over a slew...
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The Dime Roll: January Buys, Decluttering, Your Secret Number & More

January 9, 2015 There seemed to be a pervasive theme on personal finance blogs this week -- getting all aspects of your life in order for the New Year. So if you're ready for a little revamp, check out this week's...
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Beating Debt: What Worked For Me

January 5, 2015 To those that have made the resolution every year to get out of debt or stop over-spending, I’ve been there. The best intentions paired with cutting up my credit cards and going on an anorexic...
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Setting Goals (Not Resolutions) for the New Year

December 31, 2014 One of my biggest fears in life is being older and looking back on my life and feeling a series of regrets -- regrets for all the things I wanted to do and didn’t. Over the last few years, I have...
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Holiday Partying Gone Bad: What a DUI Could Actually Cost You

December 30, 2014 As the end of the year rolls around, the traditional celebrations begin to stack up: holiday parties, family gatherings, outings with friends visiting from out of town, and of course New Year’s Eve...
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Yes, Planning for Your Future is Getting Harder

December 29, 2014 A recent study conducted by Hearts & Wallets reveals unsettling trends about American's retirement planning.  The study indicates that planning for retirement is substantially more difficult today...
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Income for Life: What's the Lucky Number?

December 23, 2014 When people save for retirement they often have a mental target of a certain sized nest egg that will provide them a secure income for the balance of their lives. Nobody knows just how long they will...
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How Your Parents’ Financial Habits Could Be Affecting You Now

December 22, 2014 When I was younger, I always had some sense of the role that money played in the life of my family. My parents were very discerning with purchases – travel and experiences always took precedence...
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The Dime Roll: New Year’s Eve, Minimalism, Rule-Breaking & More

December 19, 2014 Ready for a little recap of all the great content we found while trolling personal finance blogs this week? Check it out!
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Don't Check That Box: What the 'Terms and Conditions' May Be Hiding

December 17, 2014 Shopping online can be a great convenience, especially during the holidays. You simply select your items, put them in the virtual shopping cart and enter your card number. Check the box agreeing...
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Not All Financial Organizations Are Out to Turn a Profit (No, Really.)

December 16, 2014 In late 2008, the world was left reeling from one of the worst economic events in the modern era. A chain reaction of events ending with massive financial institutions like investment banks Lehman...
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How to Shop for the Holidays While Donating to Your Favorite Charity

December 15, 2014 Donating to a charity is easier than you think. There are a number of online charity portals that will donate to a designated charity, or one of your choosing, when you shop -- and it won’t cost...
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The Dime Roll: Sibling Discounts, Simplifying Your Life, Millionaire Money Habits & More

December 12, 2014 This week's Dime Roll covers everything from awesome sibling discounts to what role gender plays in personal finance. Check it out.
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Creating a Cushion: How to Earn Extra Income for the Holidays & Beyond

December 10, 2014 During the holiday season, it’s easy to have second (and third) helpings at meals and it’s even easier to spend more money than we planned on gifts and other expenses. If that sounds familiar,...
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Colorado Staycations: Awesome Spots In Your Own Backyard

December 9, 2014 When most people think of Colorado as a travel destination, they picture snow-covered mountain ski resorts in places like Aspen and Vail, and they’re right, in part: skiing accounts for about $3...
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5 Gifts Teachers Actually Want (And 4 They Don't)

December 8, 2014 So you want to get your kids’ teachers gifts for the holidays? Great! It’s always nice to know when you are appreciated for the work you do. Personally, I love giving my teachers gifts because...
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The Dime Roll: Mind Control, DIY Gifts, Furnace Repair & More

December 5, 2014 Did you notice The Dime's fresh, redesigned look?? While we keep tinkering behind the scenes, check out all of the great content we found on other personal finance blogs this week!
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Life Expectancy: Why Yours Matters

December 3, 2014 One of the vexing questions in saving for retirement is trying to guess how long you will live once you finally retire. Calculating how long you have to save is simple, perhaps 65 minus your...
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Interest Rates: Deciding Which Debt to Tackle First

December 2, 2014 If you have student loans and credit card debt, the blanket answer for getting out of debt is to first pay off the credit card, then attack the student loans. But is that always the best advice?...
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Colorado's Economy: A Recovery Quicker Than Most

November 25, 2014 A presentation last week by the Denver Branch of the Kansas City Federal Reserve to local financial analysts highlighted how well Colorado’s economy has bounced back from the great recession which...
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Biggest Bang for Your Buck: The Difference Between DB and DC Plans

November 24, 2014 Both defined benefit and defined contribution plans will help you save for a secure retirement – but what are the differences between the two? Depending on where you work, your employer may offer...
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The Dime Roll: Cheap Cleaning, Discounted Gift Cards, Automation & More

November 21, 2014 This week's Dime Roll is chock-full of tips for saving money on holiday shopping, ways to streamline your finances and much more. Check it out.
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Proven Tricks to Get Yourself to Save More Later

November 19, 2014 A recent survey of consumer finances conducted by the Federal Reserve showed families are saving less towards their retirement. While most people recognize they bear the responsibility for their...
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Creative Ways to Get (and Stay) Fit

November 18, 2014 There are a variety of ways for people to get fit these days -- especially in a city like Denver. If you are an outdoorsy person, you can run, bike, walk, or even do yoga in the park. There are a...
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How to Extend the Life of Your Appliances

November 17, 2014 I went to use my iron a few months ago and realized it wasn’t working anymore. It had to have been at least fifteen years old. It got me wondering: How long are irons supposed to last? Is there...
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The Dime Roll: DIY Gifts, Money Moves, Saying 'No,' & More

November 14, 2014 Trying to keep your budget in check this holiday season? You'll find tips to help, along with much more in this week's Dime Roll.
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ThanksGIVING: How You Can Give Back This Holiday Season

November 12, 2014 Thanksgiving is a time when we all come together and eat. Right? Well, that’s what most of us do, but it’s also a time when we can give back to our communities by volunteering for various...
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Veterans Day Heroes Are Close to Home

November 11, 2014 This year as Veterans Day approaches, it is different for me.  As a veteran, I have worked over the years to reach closure on my experience overseas in Vietnam.  In the past, I wondered why a...
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Portability, Choice, Transparency: This Isn’t Your Grandparents' Pension

November 10, 2014 When people find out I work at PERA, a common response is “I’m a PERA member, but I don’t really know much about it.” It’s easy to put thoughts of retirement out of your mind, especially when you...
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The Dime Roll: Cyber Monday, Food Waste, Deflation, & More

November 7, 2014 Find out when you should tackle your online holiday shopping, how to combat food waste, and so much more. Check it out.
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Starz Denver Film Festival: Colorado Films Take Center Stage

November 5, 2014 It’s that time of year! No, I’m not referring to the holidays. I’m referring to the 37th Annual Starz Denver Film Festival (SDFF37). This festival brings out new filmmakers and celebrates the...
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Roth Accounts: Should You Pay Taxes Now or Later?

November 4, 2014 To Roth or not to Roth? That is the question—at least for those of us who want to retire someday.  With so much emphasis today on saving for the future, making informed decisions for your...
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The Numbers That Say a College Degree Still Makes Financial Sense

November 3, 2014 The value of a college degree is a hotly debated topic in many families. It costs a lot and takes a huge financial and personal commitment to pursue either a two year diploma or four year degree....
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The Dime Roll: Saving at Starbucks, Money Apps, Debt Payoff, & More

October 31, 2014 Still want your Starbucks splurge without the steep cost? Wondering what the best option is to pay off your debt? We've got you covered with this week's Dime Roll.
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11 Date Ideas That Won't Break the Bank

October 31, 2014 At the beginning of a relationship, it’s easy to pull out all your good date ideas and impress your partner. After a while, it can be difficult to think of Saturday night plans that don’t involve...
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Cutting Cell Phone Costs: Carriers That Won't Break the Bank

October 30, 2014 When looking for a cell phone plan, we all know about the Big Four, or major carrries: Verizon, Sprint, T-Mobile, and  AT&T. However, there are other options on the market that offer similar, if...
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Halloween Makeup for Scary Cheap

October 29, 2014 Last year I gave you some quick tips on cheap Halloween wounds – this year I want to give you a step-by-step guide complete with pictures so you can really make them come to life. Below are three...
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Credit Scores: Everything You Need (or Want) to Know

October 28, 2014 Your credit score – 3 little numbers that a lot of people don’t know much about. In this post we cover the basics of credit scores so you can have some ideas for what behaviors affect the score.
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How the Economic Slowdown Effects 401(k) Contributions

October 27, 2014 A recent study by the Center for Retirement Research at Boston College  looked at how defined contribution plan participants responded to changes in the economy. The study found that plan...
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The Dime Roll: Organic Food, Credit Card Fraud, Sticking to Habits, & More

October 24, 2014 Is it worth it to buy organic? How can you really catch credit card fraud before it spirals out of control? Find those topics and many more in this week's Dime Roll.
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FREE Online Courses to Increase Your Financial Knowledge

October 22, 2014 Have you ever wanted to increase your knowledge about investing? Or wondered how you could make a budget that actually works for you and your family? Or looked for ways to establish a sound...
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How Long Will It Take for Your Investments to Double in Value?

October 21, 2014 Here’s a simple tool to help you appreciate the power of compound interest. Suppose that you have a savings goal and you want to see how fast your savings will grow in various types of...
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Student Loans: Tips for Taking Them Out & Paying Them Off

October 20, 2014 There’s a reason student loan debt, and the concern about people being able to pay that debt off, is such a frequently discussed issue -- according to a recent report from credit reporting bureau...
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The Dime Roll: Halloween, Book Swapping, 529 Plans, & More

October 17, 2014 Find out how you can substantially cut Halloween costs, what you need to know about 529 plans, and much more. It's all in this week's Dime Roll.
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Back to Basics: Understanding Home Buying Terms

October 15, 2014 Thinking about buying a home? Do you know what kind of mortgage you want? Do you know what kind you can get? Who is Fannie Mae and why does she want to give you money?
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6 Ways to Get Your Home Winter Ready

October 14, 2014 Snow might not have touched down in some areas of the state, but it's undoubtedly coming. That means now is the perfect time to make sure your home is in tip-top shape and ready to battle those...
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How to Stop Identity Thieves in Their Tracks

October 13, 2014 “So the combination is... one, two, three, four, five? That's the stupidest combination I've ever heard in my life! That's the kind of thing an idiot would have on his luggage!”
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The Dime Roll: Free WiFi, Housing Trends, Goals, & More

October 10, 2014 Find out how you can score free WiFi, the housing trends for this fall, the problem with setting goals, and much more. It's all in  this week's Dime Roll.
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What are Target-Date Funds? (And Why Should You Care?)

October 7, 2014 Most employer sponsored benefit plans now offer target-date funds. These are funds which target your investment allocation based upon your expected retirement date. The investment allocations...
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Open Enrollment: What Should You Be Thinking About?

October 6, 2014 If your employer offers benefits such as insurance coverage, a flexible savings account, or other employment benefits, you may be familiar with the annual open enrollment process.  Generally,...
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The Dime Roll: Best Buys for October, Secret Warranties, & More

October 3, 2014 Find out how secret car warranties could save you money, how to freeze those veggies to get the biggest bang for your buck, and much more. Check it out.
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How to Handle Negativity in the Workplace

October 1, 2014 While it can be challenging enough to deal with friends or family members who are downers, negativity in the workplace can be even more difficult to wrangle because, most of the time, you can’t...
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Investing 101: What Are the Fees I Pay for My Investment Fund?

September 30, 2014 One of the least talked about facets of investing in funds is the fees that investors pay to purchase and own the fund. Strangely many investors are embarrassed to ask, “How much does this cost?”...
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Tips for Buying a Used Car Without the Headache

September 29, 2014 I’ve been a driver for about half my life now, and I’m either fortunate (or unfortunate, depending on your perspective) enough to still only be on my second car. My first car, a 1997 Nissan...
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The Dime Roll: Freeze-Ahead Dinners, Things to Buy This Fall, & More

September 26, 2014 This week's Dime Roll covers everything from the best things to save on this fall to how to establish an emergency fund with modest savings. Check it out.
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5 Ways to Get Your Car Winter Ready

September 24, 2014 While this week might look a lot like summer, winter is undoubtedly coming.  And that means my checklist is forming with all the things that need to be done to prepare for the snow and drop in...
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Skip the Mall: Men's Clothing Subscription Services

September 23, 2014 My first knowledge of a monthly subscription service was when I was in an office and one of the ladies working asked me if I was a member of the sock of the month club.  Apparently my socks were...
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Fall in Colorado: Pumpkin Patches, Corn Mazes, & Hay Rides

September 22, 2014 Although it’s bittersweet to send my kids back to school, I know that fall is fast approaching and I couldn’t be happier. It’s my favorite season of the year because it encompasses my favorite...
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The Dime Roll: Money Mind Tricks, Cash Spending, Meditation, & More

September 19, 2014 This week's Dime Roll covers everything from cheap and easy dinner ideas to the power of meditation when it comes to investing. Check it out.
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Finding Financial Bliss in Your Relationship

September 17, 2014 My husband, Mark, and I don’t battle over finances. That’s not to say we don’t have our battles; in fact, the other day we had a doozy about the proper positioning of the car's air vents to...
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How to Score Ski and Snowboard Gear at a Discount

September 16, 2014 hough it may seem like the pleasant summer heat will never end, make no mistake: winter is coming. It should come as no surprise that, in this wonderfully unpredictable state, it’s never too early...
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Investing 101: Mutual Funds vs Exchange Traded Funds

September 15, 2014 Many investors choose investment funds to sock away their retirement savings. When discussing funds with their friends, coworkers, and families, the talk often gets confused over the similarities and...
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The Dime Roll: iPhone Upgrades, Negotiating Tips, Credit Scores, & More

September 12, 2014 Thinking about upgrading to the newly-released iPhone 6? Trying to score a good deal on a new (or used) car? You'll find these topics and many more in this week's Dime Roll.
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Learning for Life: FREE Online Resources to Increase Your Brain Power

September 10, 2014 The internet has become far more than social media, news sites, and funny pictures of animals. There is a wealth of information and learning to be found online -- the vast majority of it for free....
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Unusual Things You Didn't Know You Could Get at Costco

September 9, 2014 You may already be accustomed to Costco stops for your bulk-buying food and home good needs, but this one-stop-shop offers more than unlimited supplies of toilet paper and peanut butter. In fact,...
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Paying for Healthcare: How to Utilize a Health Savings Account

September 8, 2014 Understanding the ins and outs of paying for healthcare coverage is a challenge, but a huge benefit for your budget.
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The Dime Roll: Outlet Malls, Credit Flaws, Frugal Marriage, & More

September 5, 2014 Score some real deals at outlet malls, learn the ins and outs of negative marks on your credit report, and much more. It's all in this week's Dime Roll.
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Colorado Sports: Rooting for the Home Team on a Budget

September 3, 2014 If there’s one thing that really unites Colorado, it’s our sports teams. Whether that means cheering on the Broncos in the fall, the Avalanche and Nuggets in the winter, or the Rockies during the...
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The Cost of Opting In: The Slippery Slope of Overdraft Fees

September 2, 2014 Courtesy pay, courtesy clear, overdraft services, overdraft transfers….if you have a debit card, you have probably been asked to opt-in to a debit card overdraft protection program that goes by...
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The Dime Roll: Organic Food, Credit Scores, Organization, & More

August 29, 2014 Dealing with a low credit score due to medical debt? Wondering how you can organize your life and, in turn, your finances? Looking for ways to eat organic without the price tag? We’ve got you...
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What Happens When the Fed Raises Interest Rates?

August 27, 2014 There has been endless speculation in the financial press recently over when the new Federal Reserve chairwoman, Janet Yellen, will reverse the course of the nation’s monetary policy and start...
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Your Dollars at Work: Making the Most of Your Flexible Spending Account

August 26, 2014 If you or your spouse has access to a FSA (flexible spending account) at work, you want to make the most of it.  A FSA provides the employee with the ability to set aside a certain amount each...
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Celebrate Labor Day Along One of Colorado's Scenic Byways

August 25, 2014 Katharine Lee Bates got it right in 1893 with “America the Beautiful.”  And, lucky for us, we get to live in Colorado -- the place of her inspiration.
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Dealing with Debt Collectors? Know Your Rights

August 19, 2014 The news has continued to highlight the fact that U.S. households are drowning in debt – both student loan debt and consumer debt.
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The Dime Roll: Price Adjustments, Debt Repayment, College, & More

August 15, 2014 Trying to figure out how to make college more affordable? Or wondering when the best time is to buy big-ticket items like a car or furniture? This week's Dime Roll has you covered.
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7 FREE Travel Apps to Help You Make the Most of Your Trip

August 13, 2014 Heading out on vacation? Whether you want to stay organized, stay connected, or acclimate to the culture, these travel apps will help. Better yet, they are the fantastic price of free.
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Teenage Drivers: Tips for Battling High Insurance Premiums

August 12, 2014 I have a daughter who recently turned 15 years old and just got her driving permit.  I'm not sure who is more nervous -- her or me.
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How to Get Prepared to Buy Your First Home

August 11, 2014 Congratulations, you’ve decided you want to own a home!
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The Dime Roll: Free TV, Heroic Budgeting, Money Memories, & More

August 8, 2014 In this week's Dime Roll we cover everything from how to score free TV and movies online to a checklist for getting yourself out of debt. Check it out.
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Have a Hankering for a Cinnamon Roll? Try These Colorado Spots

August 6, 2014 There I was about 17 miles into my commute to Denver from Fort Collins this morning and I remembered that I had not refueled before heading south on I-25.  I probably could have made it to the...
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Things to Look for When Choosing a Bank

August 4, 2014 When it comes to banks, the playing field is far from equal. In fact, the variation in fee structure and offerings can be quite substantial. And, if you’re anything like me, you might not realize...
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The Dime Roll: Money Apps, Podcasts, Bill Haggling, & More

August 1, 2014 Save money on those pesky monthly bills, cut your grocery bill down to size, find awesome apps to make managing your money a breeze -- it's all in this week's Dime Roll.
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Refurbished, Used, New: How Do You Buy Your Electronics?

July 30, 2014 I’m very weary of buying computers and cell phones. I don’t believe that my phones will last more than a couple of years and I have two young kids that REALLY like my laptop. I’m also a klutz. If...
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So Your Child Is Aging Out of Your Health Care Plan….Now What?

July 29, 2014 One of the more well-known provisions of health care reform is the “age 26 mandate,” which requires employer-sponsored health plans offering dependent coverage to allow children to remain on the...
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Sending Your Kid Off to College? Read This First.

July 28, 2014 We’re well into the dog days of summer and the school year is almost upon us. For some, that means the first year of college. It’s a daunting and exciting transition, and on the eve of my final...
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The Dime Roll: Free Music, Income and Happiness, Student Loans, & More

July 25, 2014 This week on The Dime Roll we cover everything from free music streaming services to little-known facts about student loans. Check it out.
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Behind the Scenes: My Experience on a Home Improvement TV Show

July 23, 2014 I've always enjoyed watching DIY home improvement shows for all the ideas they offer. Of course, I always thought the chances were extremely slim that I would have the opportunity to take part in...
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Renting in Denver: Tips, Tricks, and Things to Avoid

July 22, 2014 We all know renting in Denver is not for the faint of heart. In fact, a recent Wall Street Journal article took a look at the hot rental market:
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Paying Out of Pocket: Tips for Teachers With Classroom Supply Shortfalls

July 21, 2014 With hours bleeding outside the normal workday, a multitude of tasks to juggle and classrooms not always equipped with needed supplies, teachers know a thing or two about sacrifice. But many...
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The Dime Roll: Coupon Codes, Money Apps, Millennial Savers, & More

July 18, 2014 This week on The Dime Roll we cover everything from best days for scoring awesome coupon codes, how millennials are rocking the retirement savings game, and more. Check it out.
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What Star Wars Taught Me About Personal Finance

July 15, 2014 Much of what I have done in life has been influenced by Star Wars.  When I enter a grocery store I am able to open the door by waving my hands, I use Jedi mind tricks on my 5-year old stepson, and...
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Retirement Savers & Healthy Living Enthusiasts: Are They One and the Same?

July 14, 2014 Is the person that exercises regularly, works to keep their eating habits in check, and pays attention to their overall physical health the same person who diligently plans for retirement,...
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The Dime Roll: Finance Challenges, Christmas in July, Thrift Stores, & More

July 11, 2014 Find out how you can score awesome deals at thrift stores, why Christmas might have a place in July, and how you can kickstart your finances. It's all in this week's Dime Roll.
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5 Easy DIY Projects to Spruce Up Your Home

July 9, 2014 So, last Saturday I didn’t have the motivation to get started on the obvious things that needed attention on the exterior of my house.  After all, I was still basking in the thanks of my lovely...
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Under Contract: The Home Buying Roller Coaster

July 8, 2014 Under contract. People like to hear that, right? These words flood my brain with anxiety, immediately assuming the worst about the process to come. It’s a fun feeling, really.
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The Dime Roll: Travel Apps, Foreclosure, Redecorating, & More

July 4, 2014 Does your home need an inexpensive (or, better yet, FREE) decorating reset? Or are you looking for travel apps that will help make your next trip spectacular? Then read on, friends. Those topics...
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Frugal Finds: New Uses for Everyday Things

July 2, 2014 One of the easiest ways to keep money in your wallet is by getting creative about how you use a few common items found around most homes. After all, just because something is marketed for use in...
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Money Lessons: Teaching Kids Through Games & Apps

July 1, 2014 If your kids are like mine, they just think you can go to the store and buy whatever you want because money comes from this magical place called your wallet. Teaching kids about money has gone...
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The Dime Roll: Gas Savings, Life After Debt, Laundry Quarters, & More

June 27, 2014 Wondering how you can take the sting out of summer gas prices? Or are you searching for the motivation to keep paying down your debt? You’ll find these topics and so much more in this week’s Dime...
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Colorado Road Trip: Rest Stops, Historical Markers, National Monuments, & More

June 25, 2014 to by Sebastian Bergmann, via flickrIf you want to know about all of Colorado's roadside gems, national parks, or off-the-beaten-path diners and dives, Colorado PERA's field education staff has...
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Student Loans: Unusual Ways to Help Pay Them Off

June 24, 2014 Writing bigger checks and getting another job aren’t the only ways to decrease your student loans. Do you like to volunteer, dine out, shop, or travel, but feel like you can’t because of your...
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The Budget-Savvy Guide to Surviving Summer

June 23, 2014 I get it. Sunshine and good times can make you forget your monetary obligations and YOLO your way through the summer. Since most of us have to work, we seek the seasonal “break” enjoyed by school...
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The Dime Roll: Food Waste, Guilt-Free Spending, Goals, & More

June 20, 2014 This week on The Dime Roll we talk about everything from cutting down on food waste to tips for splurging without the guilt. Check it out.
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Girls & Money: Giving Them the Confidence They Need to Succeed

June 17, 2014 As a father of two daughters, I worry about their confidence.  Confidence affects everything they will do.  Whether its school or dating or their future professional lives, confidence gives them...
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Disneyland Adventures: Money Saving Tips for Planning Your Stay

June 16, 2014 Taking your kids to Disneyland can truly be a magical experience.  Especially if they are on the younger side and still believe in Peter Pan and Tinkerbell, it’s really amazing to watch them...
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The Dime Roll: Theme Parks, Divorce, Emergency Funds, & More

June 13, 2014 Going on a theme park adventure this summer and need to conserve some cash? Worried about the state of your emergency fund and how big it should be? We cover those topics and many more in this...
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Homeowners Insurance Nightmares: Not Everything is Covered

June 11, 2014 You may or may not have read recently about the poor woman whose condo was damaged by an exploding corpse in the unit above hers. (I will save you the details and leave you to read on your own...
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Fitness Apps: Stay in Shape for Less

June 10, 2014 Coloradoans are known for their healthy lifestyles. In my (biased) opinion, we have year-round access to some of the best outdoor recreational areas in the country. Whether you like winter sports...
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Colorado Parks: Unique Spots for the Whole Family

June 9, 2014 There are so many parks and playgrounds to take your kids to all over the state. Most have a swing set or a field, maybe even a picnic shelter to have a get together, but sometimes you want to go...
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The Dime Roll: Overlooked Discounts, Mortgage Applications, Negotiating, & More

June 6, 2014 This week on The Dime Roll we cover everything from easy ways to score discounts to tips for becoming an expert negotiator (and actually getting what you want). Check it out!
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Frugal Father's Day Gifts Dad Will Love

June 4, 2014 If I ask my dad what he wants for Father’s Day – or any holiday for that matter – his answer is always the same: “Oh, nothing.”
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5 Tricks to Help Cut Your Spending

June 3, 2014 Sometimes, even when we have a well-thought out spending plan in place, we lose focus in the moment and splurge anyways. For me, this issue usually arises when I have already planned on buying one...
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How I'm Slaying a $30,000 Debt Dragon

June 2, 2014 I am in debt. It weighs me down and refuses to let up. With every decision I make regarding money, I immediately think of the how the decision will impact my debt. Buying milk at the grocery...
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The Dime Roll: Athletes and Money, Wealth Secrets, Trader Joe’s & More

May 30, 2014 Wondering what's a good buy at Trader Joe's and what's not? Thinking about getting your finances in order so you can buy your first house? You'll find those topics and many more in this week's...
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How to Successfully Fill Your Retirement Plate

May 28, 2014 Defined benefit (DB) plans are all over in the news, with claims that they pay out too much and are not sustainable. Defined contribution (DC) plans are advertised by every financial institution,...
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How to Be a Book Lover on a Budget

May 27, 2014 I admit it, I’m a bibliophile.  It sounds like a long word for a painful condition, but it really just means that I love reading.  A lot.
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The Dime Roll: Memorial Day Sales, Money Habits, & More

May 23, 2014 Find the best deals for Memorial Day, learn sustainable ways to build wealth, and figure out how to simplify your life -- it's all in this week's Dime Roll. Check it out.
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6 Tips for Navigating Memorial Day Deals

May 21, 2014 At long last, that blessed thing nine-to-fivers look forward to most is nearly upon us: the three-day weekend. Memorial Day officially kicks of backyard barbecue season, a highly anticipated time...
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Buying vs. Leasing a Car: Pros, Cons, and a Number Breakdown

May 20, 2014 The leasing transaction is very different from purchasing a car with a traditional auto loan. When you lease a car, typically the car dealership sells the car to a lease financing company, who in...
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Money & Retirement: Thoughts from a Kids' Perspective

May 19, 2014 Last month at Colorado PERA, kids of all ages infiltrated our hallways for the time-honored tradition of Take Your Child to Work Day. Aside from wreaking a little bit of havoc, seeing the sites of...
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The Dime Roll: Marrying into Debt, Best Day for Purchases, & More

May 16, 2014 This week's Dime Roll covers everything from protecting your credit when marrying into debt, the best day to make a wide variety of purchases, and much more. Take a peek.
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Summer on a Budget: Cheap Backyard Activities for Kids

May 14, 2014 Summer is coming and when you have kids, the first thing that might cross your mind is how on earth you'll keep them entertained all day. Something active to get the energy out would be ideal --...
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Networking 101: How to Stay on Top of It Even If You Have a Job

May 13, 2014 While at a soccer game this week, I noticed that several conversations around me involved people changing or looking for jobs.  Each of the conversations involved networking -- they had all found...
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How to Sell Back Your Textbooks

May 12, 2014 This past semester I was required to purchase 31 books for my classes  - THIRTY-ONE BOOKS that I will never use or read again. I, like any other college student, would much prefer cash in my...
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The Dime Roll: Freebies, Outlet Malls, Easy Personal Finance, & More

May 9, 2014 Take advantage of some Mother's Day freebies, get the lowdown on outlet mall shopping, find out how you can simplify your finances, and much more. It's all in this week's Dime Roll.
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Save Money on Groceries: Food Audits and Pantry Challenges

May 7, 2014 I  will be the first to admit that, at the age of 26, I am just now attempting to cook. Part of what spurred the change was a strong desire to cut down on the expense of eating out (which is...
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Brunch, Anyone?: Delicious Fare in Denver and Boulder

May 5, 2014 Brunch might be one of my favorite words in the world. I could eat brunch all day, every day. I have, in fact, done so post Easter festivities with family. The possibilities with brunch are...
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The Dime Roll: Farmer’s Markets, Dirty Cash, Simple Investing, & More

May 2, 2014 This week on The Dime Roll we cover everything from no-cost ways to revamp your home to tips for calming your never-ending storm of thoughts. It's all worth a read, so check it out!
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Financial Literacy Month: Tips for Any Age

April 30, 2014 Retirement may be the center of our universe at PERA, but we know that establishing stable financial footing doesn’t begin and end with planning for life after your working years. It is part of a...
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Marijuana Sales in Colorado: Where Do the Taxes Go?

April 29, 2014 Like it or not, sales of recreational marijuana by retail shops became legal in Colorado effective January 1, 2014. You may have seen the headlines recently about the higher-than-expected tax...
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Do You Qualify for the Good Neighbor Next Door Mortgage Program?

April 28, 2014 This post was written by Chris Hardenberger (NMLS #515568) from Westerra Credit Union. If you'd like to write a guest post for The Dime Colorado, email us at dimecontact@copera.org.
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The Dime Roll: Kitchen Updates, Medical Bills, Financial Excuses, & More

April 25, 2014 In this week's Dime Roll you'll find tips for saving on groceries, paring down your wardrobe, handling out-of-control medical bills, and much more. Check it out.
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Hidden Benefits of Credit Cards

April 23, 2014 You may already be aware that, when used responsibly, credit cards are a great way to build and keep a high credit score.  But did you know that your credit card may offer a host of additional...
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Kids Birthday Parties: Smile-Worthy Ideas for Less

April 22, 2014 While I love celebrating my two boys getting older, some days I would prefer that they stay small forever. But since I don’t actually have the ability to make that happen, I need to sort out how...
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