Tips for Cutting Summer Spending

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The slower economy has forced everyone to make different choices.  During the summer cutting costs may be even tougher because of extra expenses on vacations and entertainment for the children.  I have witnessed my clients at all economic levels having a greater awareness of what they are spending and scaling back.  Never has there been a more important time to implement a budget that can help you really understand what you are spending on a weekly, monthly or yearly basis.

While ...

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How to stay on a Summer Budget

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As part of my series “The Imperfect Perfectionist,” I am redefining perfection by making room for the imperfections that go hand in hand with being a parent. I am uncovering the secrets to doing less, rather than doing more, so we can find balance and peace. This week I am reaching out to partner Kristin Mastromarino, a professional organizer, to help me stay with a summer budget while entertaining four kids.She can be reached at Kristin@livablesolutions.com.

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Wendy, I can guess that many parents are having the same heart palpitations thinking about the day their kids step off the bus for the last time until September. The fact that you are getting yourself mentally and physically prepared ahead of time is invaluable and very smart!

Start with a calendar. Make sure all camp schedules, vacations, summer sports schedules and regular appointments are all accounted for so you have your basic planning timeline.

Next, create checklists for each of the ...

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Imperfect Perfectionist – Preparing for the End of School

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Soon my vacation will be over. In 10 days 6 hours (who’s counting?) my children will be released from school and summer will officially begin. I will miss the quiet in my house at 8:37 am when I can sit at the sink, and hear the humming of my refrigerator as I drink my coffee and plan out my day.
Time is fleeting and I am fully aware of the fact that I will never get these days back. I ...

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Pack for a Week in ONE Carry-On

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Pack for a Week in ONE Carry-OnYou know the benefits of travelling light–there’s less to pack, less to lose, less to lug. Yet boiling down an entire week’s wardrobe to fit into a single carry-on requires giving each item serious thought before it actually makes the cut.  What you bring will of course ...

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