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    6 Fun and Affordable Summertime Activity Ideas for Your Kids

6 Fun and Affordable Summertime Activity Ideas for Your Kids

With summer here, your kids are probably getting restless from all the free time they have. Without school and homework to keep them busy, children need something to do.

Read on for ideas and activities that will keep the little ones entertained this summer without breaking the bank.
Cheap Summertime Activities for Kids
Free Museums
A lot of art, natural sciences, or history museums are free or offer discounts to children. For instance, the Mint Museum in Charlotte, North Carolina, is free Tuesday evenings and the Gaston County Museum in South Carolina is always free. Take advantage of these opportunities for a fun and educational summer activity. A lot of museums even offer hands-on activities for younger visitors.
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    6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Cookout This Memorial Day

6 Simple Ways to Save Money on Your Cookout This Memorial Day

Memorial Day is right around the corner, giving us a chance to reflect on the sacrifices made by America’s servicemen and women. This holiday also marks the beginning of the summer season and an excellent opportunity to celebrate with a cookout.

Don’t let being low on funds keep you from enjoying the weather with friends and family. Here are some tips on how to have a spectacular cookout on a budget!
Have a Great Cookout without Breaking the Bank this Memorial Day
Having fun on Memorial Day doesn’t mean you have to break the bank. Here are some tips to help you save on your cookout.
Choose Cheaper Cuts of Meat
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The 6 Best Summer Jobs for Quick Cash

Summer is right around the corner, so it’s time to think about those summer jobs. These months are a great time to make some quick cash. Most of these jobs don’t require previous experience, and you can get started today!
Get Quick Cash with These Summer Jobs
Babysitter
Since many parents will need full-time sitter care during summer vacation, this gig is the perfect seasonal job! You’ll need a CPR certification and safe-sitter course under your belt, which are both offered through the Red Cross, but it’s a steady source of income once you’re hired. Register with sites like Care.com to get started.
Photographer
If you have a nice camera and a knack for snapping the perfect shot, then [...]

How to Take A Vacation When You’re On a Budget

As the weather gets warmer, it’s hard to keep your mind off summer vacation. At Cash Fast, we know how hard it can be to plan a vacation on a tight budget — especially when you’re bringing the whole family.

This summer, keep daydreaming, and take that vacation instead of skipping it.

Read below for some ideas that will make vacations more affordable for the whole family, so you can have some fun without breaking the bank.
A Great Summer Vacation, No Matter Your Budget
Set Up Camp

Find a nearby campground in South Carolina to cut down on gas costs, or go for a drive towards the coast for a more picturesque camping experience.

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Top 6 Ways to Save Money on Spring Break

It may seem impossible to stick to a strict budget when going off for spring break or any type of family getaway. However, saving while on vacation is easier than you think. All that’s required is a little bit of planning and some know-how.
How You Can Spring Break on a Budget
Do Your Research

Some destinations are naturally going to be cheaper than others. If you do your research beforehand, then you won’t be surprised by $8 beers or private beach fees. A few fun places that are easy on the wallet include:

Myrtle Beach, SC
Point Pleasant, NJ
New Orleans, LA
Sanibel Island, FL

Find Your Home Away from Home

Thanks to sites like Airbnb, finding reasonably [...]

10 Ways You Can Earn Money From Home

These days, the internet makes working from home easy. Whether you’re looking for a new nine-to-five or just a few ways to supplement your current income, there is something for everyone on the world wide web.
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Craigslist

If you have an old desk you’re not using anymore or a lamp that no longer suits your home’s aesthetic, it may be tempting to just dump those things by the side of the road. However, if those items are in good condition, then you’ll be able to get some cash by selling them on Craigslist.

Just make sure to arrange to meet potential customers in a safe space.

Poshmark

A lot of people have a closet full of clothes [...]

7 Sites to Help You Find the Best Online Deals

Online shopping simply can’t be beat—there’s a wealth of deals, a wider selection of products, and you can skip the crowds. You can do it in the comfort of your own home and the products are delivered directly to your door. Best of all, you can shop for  the product you want at the best price.

But it’s hard to take advantage of online deals if you don’t know where to find them. Fortunately, there are many sites out there that exist solely to help you find what you want for the best deal.
The 7 Best Online Sites to Find the Best Deals
Amazon’s Deal of the Day

It’s hard to think back to a time before Amazon, with [...]

3 Quick Ways to Make Budgeting Easier

Creating a budget is a great way to stay on top of your spending throughout the year. Sitting down at the beginning of each month to assess your incoming cash along with expected living expenses and bills means fewer financial surprises and less stress.

Following the budget you’ve created may feel a little difficult, especially if this your first time making one. Spending habits are hard to break, and honestly, sometimes it’s easy to forget the plan you’ve made for yourself. However, there are several tools out there to make budgeting a little easier.
Top Tools to Make Budgeting Easier
Online Apps

There are many online apps, like Mint, that are able to gather all your financial information into one [...]

Five Important Money-saving Habits You Need to Adopt

So, you’ve resolved to save more money this year. But if saving money isn’t part of your routine,  you may be wondering where to even start.

Saving money doesn’t mean you have to completely overhaul your spending habits. In order to make a big impact on your savings account, you really only need to change a few habits or adopt a few ones.
Simple Tips to Help You Save Money

Skip the Morning Coffee Run

Your favorite Caramel Mocha is only $3.50. What’s the big deal, right? When trying to save money, though, it’s important to remember little charges like this add up. Buying a $3.50 coffee each weekday morning ends up costing you around $70 a month. That’s a staggering [...]

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    Essential Tips to Help You Save Money on Your New Year’s Resolutions

Essential Tips to Help You Save Money on Your New Year’s Resolutions

New Year’s resolutions are always made with the best of intentions. But have you ever stopped to think about how they can affect your bank account? Some resolutions can become very expensive, but there are easy ways to keep your resolutions without blowing your budget.
How to Plan Your Budget Around New Year’s Resolutions
Exercise More

A lot of us resolve to exercise more each year, but this popular resolution can cost more than we may initially think. Purchasing new workout clothes, shoes, and gym bag can cost over $100 all together. The biggest expense for this New Year’s resolution, the gym membership, averages around $49 a month, making this a big chunk of your monthly budget.

Helpful Money Saving [...]