In Your Own Backyard, Good Times and Safety Rule

Backyard safety

Backyard barbecues and pool parties . . . lawn games and ghost stories around the fire pit . . .  Picture-perfect weather and longer days give family and friends the ideal opportunity to be active or simply relax “out back.”  But as this good-time vibe pervades, it’s still important to be vigilant where fire and water are close by (especially if children are around).
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Budgeting Basics

your savings_MoneyWhile creating a budget (and sticking with it) takes time and discipline, it can be empowering. With a budget, we become aware of how much money we’re bringing in, where it’s going and what adjustments we need to make to reach our financial goals. These tips from U.S. News and World Report and personal finance blog Wise Bread simplify the process of creating a budget.

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Work-life balance: Tips to reclaim control

afam_couple-field-hiCMYKThere was a time when the boundaries between work and home were fairly clear. Today, however, work is likely to invade your personal life — and maintaining work-life balance is no simple task. This might be especially true if you’re concerned about losing your job due to restructuring, layoffs or other factors.

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