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The Newlywed Years: A Guide to Making Decisions as a Couple

Americans are waiting longer to get married, after taking time to attend college, build their savings and advance their careers. According to a recent report published by The National Marriage Project, the average age of marriage is now 27 for women and 29 for men. For those set in their careers and living on their own, shifting into the couple mindset may take some time. To help smooth the transition from single to married life, partners should spend time talking and listening to each other, and express their support and willingness to work together toward common goals. Here are a few important decisions newlyweds should make together.
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Just Married: Now What? Financial Fitness for Newlyweds

Planning a wedding is a time-consuming yet amazing adventure. Some spend the better part of a year (or more!) preparing and planning for their big day and the subsequent honeymoon. As the wedding day inches closer on the calendar, couples are inundated with tasks concerning the guest list, table settings, floral arrangements, and even a Plan B in the event of a last-minute venue change or uncooperative weather. But once the dust settles after the whirlwind of a wedding and honeymoon, newlyweds sometimes find settling into the everyday routine of married life overwhelming. Once the wedding is done, it is time to embark on new tasks, including making big decisions on financial matters. To help prepare for life after the wedding and anticipate important post-wedding to-dos, consider the following.
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After the Wedding: What You Need to Know to Navigate Your First Year of Marriage

Your engagement period is filled with fun wedding planning activities. Picking out a dress, and reception location and planning the menu are just a few decisions involved in creating a memorable wedding celebration. Even so, once the wedding is over and you're back from the honeymoon, you and your spouse may be ready to take a break from planning. But your first year as a married couple will entail still more planning, particularly if you're thinking about purchasing a home or starting a family. Here are a few tips on planning your future together, after the wedding.
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Till Death Do Us Part: Is Life Insurance Really Necessary?

After the whirlwind of a wedding and honeymoon, couples face a number of tasks to complete and decisions to make. From determining how finances are divided up to who tackles certain household chores, there is a lot for newlyweds to iron out after getting hitched.
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10 Reasons You Need a Minivan

Gone are the days of boxy, embarrassing and ugly minivans. Back in the day minivans had doors so heavy it took two hands to open them. Remember how angry your mom would get when she had to set down her purse, bag of groceries and the baby so she could open the van door? Remember how poor the visibility was? More than a few bikes parked in the driveway were crushed under these monstrous vehicles. Things have changed. The new sleek, power everything minivan is more like a tiny luxury bus, and you need this kind of luxury in your life.
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Is Your Business Ready to Grow? Here's How to Tell.

A growing, thriving business is a wonderful thing. It's often the product of years of hard work, and results in immense satisfaction. However, not all growth is necessarily good. In fact, too much growth too fast can spell a company's doom.
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In Defense of the Bully: When the Rules of the Schoolyard Don't Quite Fit

All the propaganda surrounding bullying demands that Grace despise this activity. She must run and tell her teacher. She must stand strong with her friends against the bully. Bullies are bad, right? Chasing and hitting are bad, right? How can I ask her to understand that things are not so black and white for every one?
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5 Things to Consider Before Buying a Farm

While fast-paced city life may be the perfect fit for some people, many couples and families are opting to move out of the city and into a more rural atmosphere. Whether it’s a one-acre lot or a 500-acre farm, families across the nation are starting to move toward a more farm-like lifestyle. Gardening is one of the fastest growing hobbies, and canning is right on its tail. Whether your family is looking to just get some breathing room, or you're beginning to look at a full-time farming operation, here are a few things to consider before packing up the wagon and heading out West.
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Why Your Infographics Aren't Getting Results

In an era of social media shares and visual marketing, infographics have become a “must- have” for every business with a digital marketing strategy. The compact format of infographics makes them ideal for today’s time-crunched consumers, putting all the information they need on one attractive, easy-to-read and easy-to-share page.
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Save Big Money on Back-to-School

Going back to school can mean more than pencils and books and parents doing the happy dance as the bus pulls away from the driveway--it can cost a small fortune for many of us. Throw new gym shoes and the cost of a planner into the already rising cost of school supplies and you’re going to feel this month's squeeze in your pocket book. If you have more than one child returning to school, you’re likely feeling a little overwhelmed at the prospect of buying everything they need for success this year. Gone are the days when pencils and books were enough. In order to prepare your children without emptying your wallet, there are a few tips and tricks to keep in mind when you are doing your back-to-school shopping.
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Changing Schools? Tips to Help Your Child Make the Transition

Moving is often regarded as one of the most stressful events in life. Whether the move is because of the need to change jobs or the need for a change of scenery, moving brings with it a variety of changes that can be hard on everyone in the family. One such change that can be particularly difficult is transitioning your children from one school to another. With a few tips to make the adjustment manageable you, can save a lot of unnecessary stress.
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Foolproof Tips for Road-Tripping with Pets

Is it normal to take pets on vacation? If you are anything like me, the answer is a resounding "Yes!" Years ago, I realized I missed my animals so much while traveling that on our next vacation we decided we’d take at least one with us (we have five cats, two guinea pigs, and a bearded dragon.) Thus a family tradition of traveling with pets was born.
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Surprising New Study About Teens and Texting

The good news for parents of teens today is that modern adolescents are less likely to engage in risky behaviors such as smoking, drinking and fighting. The bad news, however, is that seemingly-benign behaviors such as media usage and texting are on the rise and are, at times, proving deadly. These were the findings of a recent study conducted by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the results of which were published this summer.
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New Smartphone Apps to Protect Your Teen Driver

Technology has come a long way in the last 20 years. Most teens now carry cell phones, and while phones can pose dangers while driving, they can also be used to protect your child. Many parents may not be aware of the many applications and other technological advancements that are currently available to them that can be used to monitor their teen drivers.
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Think You Can’t Use a Motorcycle Safety Course? Think Again.

In addition to providing a cost-effective means of transportation, hitting the streets on a motorcycle can be fun and exhilarating; however, it can also be quite dangerous. In the United States in 2011, 4,612 motorcyclists were killed and approximately 103,000 were injured in accidents.
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2014 Safest Cars for Teens

As the parent of a teen driver, you may prefer that your child drive a new, as opposed to used, car. New cars typically include more improved safety features and your child is less likely to get stuck on the road due to a mechanical malfunction. Unfortunately, with the higher price tag that goes along with a new car, higher insurance rates are also part of the equation.
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Add This Great American RV Road Trip To Your Bucket List

Imagine a journey on a highway so scenic that you marvel at every turn. Now imagine there are no neon signs, billboards, motels, restaurants, or any other commercial enterprises on this highway--nothing but the sheer natural beauty of our great nation. Could such a highway exist? If it did, wouldn’t you want to add this great American RV road trip to your bucket list? Well, it does exist. It’s 444 miles long and right in the heartland of America.
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