The Dime Roll: Duct Cleaning, Savings Plans, Kids Clothing, and More

September 20, 2013

 

Looking to take charge of your finances with a personal savings plan? Or are you wrestling with the high cost of clothes for your kids? Find these topics and more in this week's Dime Roll.

Money Saving Tips:
How to Save Money on Kids’ Clothing by Cameron Huddleston on Kiplinger
Raising kids is pricey, but their clothes don’t have to be. This post breaks down how you can save on everything from baby clothes to clothes for your teenager.

Thinking of Duct Cleaning? You Might Be Wasting Your Money by Brandon Ballenger on MoneyTalksNews
We’ve all heard the commercials touting the importance of duct cleaning – but how much of that is actually true? New research suggests that cleaning those ducts might actually be more harmful to your air than just leaving them as is.

6 Tips for Building a Work Wardrobe on a Budget by Maria LaMagna on MoneyUnder30
There’s no doubt that creating a long-lasting work wardrobe can get quite pricey, but there are several ways to cut down on cost without cutting down on quality. This post has several out-of-the-box ideas.

Money Management:
Young Workers See the Light on Saving by Richard Barrington on FiveCentNickel
While the Great Recession has had lasting negative effects on many, there is a little bit of a silver lining – 64% of workers that were born between 1981 and 1988 save more systematically now than before the economic downturn.

How to Create a Personal Savings Plan by Kevin Mercandante on Moolanomy
When it comes to money management, having a plan is usually the deciding factor between success and failure. This post breaks down the steps towards creating a personal savings plan, and offers tips and tasks that you might not have thought about.

Can You Stop Investing When You Hit Your Retirement Number?  by Jason Hull on PTMoney
Most people only dream about reaching the savings benchmark they’ve set for a comfortable retirement. But if you happen to be ahead of the game, what do you do? Keep saving, or put your money elsewhere?

Food For Thought:
The Financial States of America – Interactive Map by Grayson Bell on DebtRoundUp
Where does your state rank in terms of income, employment, well-being, etc.? This infographic breaks it down – and I can happily say that Colorado is looking pretty darn good.

The Upside of Having a Spouse Who Sometimes Spends Too Much by Katy Mclaughlin on WSJournal
This article serves as a reminder to find a balance between frugality and really enjoying the fruits of your labor. Life is short – enjoy the ride.

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