Today’s college degree is yesterday’s high school diploma. Every parent dreams of sending their kids off to college someday. However, college can be expensive, and it may be cost-prohibitive for your kids if you are unable to contribute a healthy sum of money toward their education. College savings requires an effective plan as well as regular effort through periodic contributions. Whether you are just getting started with your college savings effort or you are wondering if you are doing enough in this area, you can easily follow these steps to create an ideal plan or to improve your existing plan.

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When you think of herbs, you probably think first of delicious flavors and aromas that add a boost to your favorite dishes. Basil and oregano are staples for Italian dishes. Sage sausages can serve as a centerpiece for Sunday breakfast. Rosemary and thyme make a leg of lamb a special treat. However, herbs can also be a beautiful addition to your home’s landscape. Here are many tips and ideas for using these tasty herbs as beautiful landscape. Traditional Herb Garden Many of you may have grown popular herb gardens in your yard, which can be beautiful in and of themselves.…

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Vehicles used to be so simple. They were rather straightforward and did not have few amenities. Those days have come to a close, though. Now, vehicles come standard with so many options that once cost additional money. These now standard options need to be considered for the sake of understanding what benefit they add to a car. Built-in Wi-Fi Going mobile is the only option for some people and families, and sometimes the data provided by a cell phone carrier is simply not enough. Several car manufacturers including Buick, GMC, and Chevrolet built 45LTE hotspots into their vehicles. Drivers and…

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For those who are apartment dwellers or live in any other small space, you have most likely experienced the downsides of having a tiny closet. It can be frustrating to try to fit everything into it and you may find yourself getting rid of clothes or stuffing them in other places more often than you would like. If you can relate to the above, take a look at the 10 tips below to help you get the most out of your small closet space. 1. Use Purses to Your Advantage Purses are great storage opportunities that are often overlooked. Many…

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There are few things that can make a home feel more warm and inviting that warm, brilliant sunshine streaming in through the windows. Sunlight can brighten your spirits as well as your home’s ambiance, but you may have one or more rooms in your home that lack ample sunlight. This can easily create a dreary feel in the home, and you understandably may be looking for ways to bring more sunshine into the darker areas of your home. There are numerous strategies to consider that impact your rooms in different ways, and a closer look at some of the top…

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Dyeing eggs has been an Easter tradition for years. While it can be a lot of fun to use the tradition methods, sometimes you want to spice it up and find new ways to make even more designs on your Easter eggs. Here are seven alternative ways for decorating your eggs this year. Most of these are so easy even the kids can do it with you. 1. Marker Eggs One of the simplest alternatives to the traditional dye is doodling on your hardboiled eggs with permanent markers. By using markers, each egg has your own personal touch. Rather than…

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There are many reasons why you might be having an appraiser coming out to your home. You might be thinking about refinancing, for example, or you could be thinking about putting your home on the market. Regardless of why you are having someone come out to appraise your home, you probably want to make sure that your home appraises for the highest amount possible, and you probably also want the process to go smoothly. Luckily, following these tips can help you be prepared for the appraiser’s visit. Get Rid of Clutter First of all, you’ll want to get rid of…

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We all want to live within our means and finally have the chance to stick to our budget. Unfortunately, it can feel almost impossible to establish a budget and not go over it week after week. You have all intentions to spend a certain amount of money and then you get up to the checkout counter and find you’ve spent too much. Living a frugal doesn’t mean that you have to skimp on quality and portions, but what it does mean is that you need to be smarter about your shopping. When you stop spending so much money on groceries…

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Budgeting may not be fun, but it can help you achieve your financial goals and build up your savings rather than wondering where your money went at the end of the month. Unfortunately, a recent Gallup poll found that just one-third of Americans prepare a budget every month. If you do budget, there’s also a good chance you’re forgetting to take all of your spending into account. Want a budget that actually works for you? Here are many common items that people tend to forget to include in their budget. Car Maintenance Don’t wait for emergency car repairs to destroy…

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Pool maintenance is an essential part of having a clean and sparkling pool. Waiting until a big problem arises, however, is an expensive way to work on maintenance. If you want to save money and time on your pool’s upkeep, keeping to a list of short and inexpensive chores can help. Test Your Pool’s Water Checking the levels of various chemicals in your pool each week can help you take care of minor issues before they grow. In addition, being aware of your pool’s chemical levels can help you avoid unnecessarily adding expensive chemicals to your water. Get a Pool…

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