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Healthy Spending Habits to Avoid Holiday Stress

Woman doing Christmas shopping

Whether you feel obligated to buy for every distant family member, or you can’t resist the pull of once-a-year-only sales, overspending is not uncommon during the holidays. The sights, smells, and overall jolliness come together in a chorus of, “Tis the season to splurge!” According to results from a 2017 poll by American Consumer Credit Counseling, 63 percent of people reported feeling “a lot” or “some” financial strain over holiday shopping.

This year, follow these tips to help curb the urge to overspend and instead enjoy the season without the stress. 

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How to Make a DIY Wall Garden for Under $20

Indoor Wall Herb Garden

For apartment dwellers or homeowners without reasonable yard space, an indoor garden is an easy way to get your green-thumb fix. Even better, there are a number of plants that can be grown inside year-round, regardless of the temperature outside.

Whether you fill the containers with herbs, an assortment of indoor plants, or drought-friendly succulents, this modern hanging garden will add a beautiful, fresh touch of green to any wall. Best of all, it costs less than $20 to make. Read Story

Score! How to Throw a DIY Soccer-Watching Party on a Budget

Soccer-watching party decor

There’s soccer madness. And then there’s soccer madness — the kind that takes over every four years for four weeks straight, giving you all the soccer thrills you can handle (and some you can’t).

Throwing a game-watching party — or two or three — during this time is essential, even for the most casual of fans. Lucky for you, we can help with the party planning. From soccer ball snack skewers to easy soccer ball cookies, here are a few of our favorite ideas to help you score the honor of best DIY party host.

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10 Restaurant Apps to Download for Free Food

Iphone with doughnuts and computer

With all of the ways our mobile devices have made life easier, perhaps the best is the endless options of apps. Whether you’re hailing rides, sharing photos, playing games, managing your money, tracking miles, or managing your RAC account, there’s an app for that.

Although useful (like finding your car in the parking lot) and fun (scoring a personal best in Candy Crush), most apps don’t provide anything you can actually hold in your hands — until now. From ice cream and hamburgers to slushies and smoothies, the following apps (available for iOS and Android) prove there is such a thing as a free lunch.

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Easy Mother’s Day DIY: Air-Dry Clay Vase

Mothers Day Clay Vase

Mother’s Day is fast approaching, and we have just the DIY gift to make Mom’s day: a handmade, personalized vase. With air-dry clay and the basic pinch-pot method, it’s easy to make. After you’re done, just fill with flowers, and you’re good to go. We don’t know what’s better — the thoughtfulness of the gift, or the joy it will bring Mom.

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5 Hot Summer Decor Trends to Incorporate Now

Bohemian white room with plants

Ah, summer: It’s the time for pool parties, backyard BBQs, movie nights with family and friends, and pretty much any other excuse you can think of to have people over. It’s also a great time to freshen up your home before said guests arrive.

But the price tag on a quick upgrade doesn’t have to be as high as those summer temperatures. Instead, kick off the season with a new look by trying one of these of-the-moment summer decorating trends that are as easy as they are affordable.

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Energy-Saving Tips to Help the Environment — and Your Wallet

Green piggy bank

Each year, Earth Day reminds us of ways we can be better stewards of the planet we call home. The day, which always falls on April 22, is one of active participation — millions of people gather to march for awareness, plant trees, clean up roads, and more. And while these activities are important, daily, ongoing efforts are what have the biggest impact.

One of the easiest things you can do is decrease your energy consumption. Our homes and residential buildings account for 21 percent of total U.S. energy use. By using less energy, you can reduce power plant emissions, conserve the earth’s natural resources, and protect ecosystems.

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