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MoneyKey’s Key Thinkers Scholarship is designed to reward post-secondary students for their academic achievements. We asked “What does financial responsibility mean to you and what steps should students take to plan their budget?” and received hundreds of submissions. Below is the winning essay from the Winter 2017 Scholarship recipient Amy Carothers: $6,000. Entering college, I knew what I was… Read More What does financial responsibility mean to you? – Amy, Key Thinkers Scholarship Winner

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Valentine’s Day is synonymous with love but it’s also synonymous with spending. Over the past five years, Americans spent an average of 18.5 billion dollars each year on Valentine’s Day, which works out to around $140 per person for the portion of the population that celebrate. To stay within budget, we recommend following the two key tips… Read More How to Enjoy Valentine’s Day Without Spending a lot of Money

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It’s that time of year yet again where most retailers make about 70 percent of their annual earnings. During the same period, the average American will accumulate nearly $1,000 in additional debt. To keep your finances under control this holiday season, we recommend avoiding these common financial mistakes: Not setting (and sticking to) a budgetRead More Common Financial Mistakes to Avoid this Holiday Season

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stay·ca·tion /ˌstāˈkāSHn/ Noun: a vacation spent in one’s home country rather than abroad, or one spent at home and involving day trips to local attractions. Last-minute summer fun might be closer than you think using these cheap staycation ideas. Try Local Events Farmers’ Markets Heading to a farmer’s market isn’t just a way to pick… Read More Last-Minute Summer Staycation Ideas

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New Year’s Eve is all about celebration. Celebrating all the positives that have happened this year and looking forward to all the opportunities next year may present. However, it can also be incredibly expensive as costs for certain events and restaurants skyrocket. Don’t blow all of your money before 2016 starts, instead try one of… Read More Budget New Year’s Eve: Celebrate without the Expense 

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With the holiday season fast approaching there is always the same question, can I re-gift this? Since the recession re-gifting has become socially acceptable and can really stretch a holiday budget. While re-gifting is now considered acceptable, it is also important to follow certain rules and etiquette. Here are the top five re-gifting rules. Brand… Read More Top Five Re-gifting Rules

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While Halloween is a fun holiday, you can easily find that you’ve blown your budget on name brand candy and fancy store bought costumes. Having an amazing costume doesn’t need to involve a costume store. We’ve compiled a list of ten unique, fun and easy DIY Halloween Costumes. Pig in a Blanket All your need is… Read More DIY Halloween Costumes