Gaga for Goodwill

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A few weeks before starting  my new job, I realized that my current wardrobe, heavy in yoga pants, jeans and skirts was not going to cut it in my new hands-on environment. I had to go...pants shopping. For this gal,...
My student debt has me trapped, and I’m paying for a degree that I don’t even use. I just had a birthday, and each year as I inch closer to 35 I think about my dreams. I review the plans...
Currently, my husband of 13 years and I are on the precipice of something we haven’t had any interest in until now. Homeownership. We have two children, one six and one nearly four. We have rented our entire relationship...
It’s 12:51 p.m. on a Tuesday. The kids are finishing up their lunch and my husband's car is rolling in the driveway. He is fresh off of a 9-hour shift at work and has been up for 12 hours....
According to CNN’s middle class calculator, my family lands firmly in the middle class for Chittenden County, Vermont. I checked other sources as well, and sure enough, it appears we are a middle class Vermonter family. Well… pop out the...
Look, I am no financial expert.  My husband hasn't worked at a for-profit organization since his teenage days in the Wal-Mart technology department.  He was a total stud, I wish I had known him then. Recently I paid our mortgage...
Lately I've been contemplating how I feed my family. I work hard to stock my kitchen with healthy snacks. Soda is a rare treat, baked goods are typically homemade, and I (almost) always home-cook meals. I try to avoid high fructose corn...
{Disclaimer: We are working with VHEIP and The Vermont Lake Monsters to bring you this information.} We have partnered with VHEIP and Vermont Lake Monsters CHAMP’s Kids Club for a summer-long effort to encourage more families to begin to save...
Party planning is not what it used to be. Back in my own 1980s birthday party heyday we played games like Drop the Clothespin in the Jelly Jar and passed out home-popped popcorn in brown paper bags as favors....
We know that it can be easy to get stuck in a rut when it comes to feeding our families. When you are contending with picky eaters, time constraints, and sleep deprivation, meal planning and food prep can often...

Teaching Kids About Money

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Money can be a sensitive topic, am I right?! But, it doesn't always have to be, especially when it comes to guiding and teaching our children. While I don’t think it’s necessary to divulge every detail of our finances to...
In my adult life, I’ve always worked full time. If not more. Sometimes, I was also working part-time and volunteering, too. So much of my identity and sense of both value and worth were tied to my professional life....
My husband always says that “Vermont is the greatest exporter of young people'' and now we’re living it. Even though we make a decent income, we’re finding we can’t afford to live here anymore. My family has been priced...
This past week, my family, along with many of our fellow Americans, received our first payment in the Advance Childcare Tax Credit. We were excited to see it appear in our bank account and right away my husband and I...

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2022 Vermont Holiday Activities for the Whole Family

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Welcome to the sometimes cold but always delightful Vermont holiday season! Whether you stay close to home or decide to take a tour of the...