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24
Nov
2014

To Shop on Black Friday or Not To Shop?

The “official” start to the holidays is upon us (although, judging by most stores’ decor, it’s already here). Friday, November 28, is THE sale day of the year. And for those of us trying to save money, it seems like the most logical time to shop, even if it is also the most insane. If you’re on the fence about heading out this Black Friday, take a look at our pros and cons to help make your decision:

PRO: If you can find a deal for an item on a loved one’s wish list, you can score a fantastic gift…

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To Shop on Black Friday or Not To Shop?

Posted on 24 Nov 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

The “official” start to the holidays is upon us (although, judging by most stores’ decor, it’s already here). Friday, November 28, is THE sale day of the year. And for those of us trying to save money, it seems like the most logical time to shop, even if it is also the most insane. If [...]

22
Oct
2014
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Is It Too Early for Holiday Shopping?

Okay, trusty Sun readers, I want your advice!

With only 2 months left in the year, I want to make 2014 the year I don’t procrastinate on getting ready for the holidays. I really love the holiday season. Good food, great company, and gift giving is a trifecta of fun. But this year, I don’t want to be the person rushing around the mall trying to cross things off my list before it’s too late.

However there’s one little problem and it’s called fall. There’s just something about the gorgeous October weather that makes me want to spend my weekends enjoying…

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Is It Too Early for Holiday Shopping?

Posted on 22 Oct 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

Okay, trusty Sun readers, I want your advice! With only 2 months left in the year, I want to make 2014 the year I don’t procrastinate on getting ready for the holidays. I really love the holiday season. Good food, great company, and gift giving is a trifecta of fun. But this year, I don’t [...]

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8
Oct
2014
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Let’s Give Back—3 Tips to Start Volunteering

Every year, I try to support as many charities as possible. But opening up my checkbook isn’t always possible. That’s why I’ve decided to take the saying “time is money” to heart and start volunteering my time.

No matter where you live, there are always organizations that could use your help. Here are my top 3 tips for getting started with volunteering:

First, think about what you love. Find an organization that means something to you. When you feel close to a cause, you’ll be more likely to stick with it. For example, if you love animals, visit local shelters. They…

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Let’s Give Back—3 Tips to Start Volunteering

Posted on 8 Oct 2014 by Amanda Warren | 0 Comments
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Every year, I try to support as many charities as possible. But opening up my checkbook isn’t always possible. That’s why I’ve decided to take the saying “time is money” to heart and start volunteering my time. No matter where you live, there are always organizations that could use your help. Here are my top [...]

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25
Sep
2014
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Party Time! 3 Theme Ideas (Minus the Costume)

Hosting a simple party is always an easy way to ensure a fun night with friends. But sometimes, you just need something new. Enter the Theme Party.

To help keep your party wallet-friendly, we’ve put together three ideas that get everyone involved and don’t require much expense—or even a costume.

1. Your Favorite Show/Movie Here

Are you a die-hard The Walking Dead fan? Or do 80’s movies call your name? Find a TV show or movie that you can watch with a group of friends. Create a spread of appetizers and drinks that relate to the show. For example, if you’re going…

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Party Time! 3 Theme Ideas (Minus the Costume)

Posted on 25 Sep 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

Hosting a simple party is always an easy way to ensure a fun night with friends. But sometimes, you just need something new. Enter the Theme Party. To help keep your party wallet-friendly, we’ve put together three ideas that get everyone involved and don’t require much expense—or even a costume. 1. Your Favorite Show/Movie Here [...]

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12
Sep
2014
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Dine Out or Dine In? 4 Ways to Keep Date Night Alive

When putting together a budget, cutting out restaurant dining seems to be one of the easiest ways to save some extra cash. On average, for two people, I can spend $80 for a week’s worth of groceries—that includes 3 meals a day. Meanwhile, just one dinner out can easily cost over $100. So while it may seem like a no-brainer, it’s certainly not easy to say goodbye to those nights on the town.

Whether you’re staying in or heading out, here are some ways you can keep date night alive, even on a budget.

Take Advantage of Restaurant Week

Right here in…

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Dine Out or Dine In? 4 Ways to Keep Date Night Alive

Posted on 12 Sep 2014 by Amanda Warren | 0 Comments

When putting together a budget, cutting out restaurant dining seems to be one of the easiest ways to save some extra cash. On average, for two people, I can spend $80 for a week’s worth of groceries—that includes 3 meals a day. Meanwhile, just one dinner out can easily cost over $100. So while it [...]

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28
Aug
2014
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Take a hike – and hit the local trails

As sad as I am to admit it, fall is right around the corner. One of my favorite ways to spend autumn weekends—besides indulging in pumpkin-flavored treats—is to take advantage of the weather and hike local trails.

Lucky for me, the tri-state area is a treasure trove of parks overflowing with trails for every level. Whether you’re looking for breathtaking views or a nice stroll with the family, here are some of my top places to visit.

Delaware Water Gap (Mt. Tammany)
Drive a couple hours north to the Delaware Water Gap and I promise you’ll find vistas you won’t believe are…

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Take a hike – and hit the local trails

Posted on 28 Aug 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments
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As sad as I am to admit it, fall is right around the corner. One of my favorite ways to spend autumn weekends—besides indulging in pumpkin-flavored treats—is to take advantage of the weather and hike local trails. Lucky for me, the tri-state area is a treasure trove of parks overflowing with trails for every level. [...]

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19
Aug
2014
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4 Thrifty Ways to “Deck” Your Halls

Between Pinterest, HGTV, and a plethora of blogs and magazines, I could spend thousands of dollars on decorating my walls alone. For most of us, that’s not realistic. But what if you could spruce up your walls without emptying your wallet? Here are a few fun (and cheap!) ways you can add a little personality to your home:

1. Seek Greeting Cards

Next time you’re in Target, Hallmark, or a boutique paper store, take a walk up and down the card aisles. Many of the “blank inside” cards feature a cover with beautiful pictures, quotes, or drawings that can easily double…

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4 Thrifty Ways to “Deck” Your Halls

Posted on 19 Aug 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

Between Pinterest, HGTV, and a plethora of blogs and magazines, I could spend thousands of dollars on decorating my walls alone. For most of us, that’s not realistic. But what if you could spruce up your walls without emptying your wallet? Here are a few fun (and cheap!) ways you can add a little personality [...]

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8
Aug
2014
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3 SNEAKY WAYS TO SAVE

Most people are always trying to save money. And it seems like we’re all trying to find a new way to up the balance on our savings accounts. Sure, we know the usual suspects: cutting back (see ya, dinners out), cutting out (goodbye, cable), and auto transfers (sorry, debit card). But what if you could save money without really noticing?

Here are 3 sneaky ways you can squirrel some money away without much sacrifice:

1. Jar of 5s

Carrying cash may seem like a thing of the past but there are times we have some green in our wallets. When I’m out…

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3 SNEAKY WAYS TO SAVE

Posted on 8 Aug 2014 by Jessica Mahlman | 0 Comments

Most people are always trying to save money. And it seems like we’re all trying to find a new way to up the balance on our savings accounts. Sure, we know the usual suspects: cutting back (see ya, dinners out), cutting out (goodbye, cable), and auto transfers (sorry, debit card). But what if you could [...]

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18
Jun
2014
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Emerging Point-Of-Sale Trends for Retailers

Here in New Jersey, our state’s economy is driven by tourism, with summer as the peak season.  Our region’s hospitality businesses – restaurants, the boardwalk, hotels and motels alike – all rely on point-of-sale(POS)  credit card terminals to accept payments.

As you swipe away this summer, you may notice a quickly-growing trend regarding the POS experience.  Hospitality businesses are slowly but surely migrating away from the large, space-inhabiting, static credit card machine terminals and cash drawers to which we have become accustomed.  As customers become more mobile-centric in their payment strategies, merchants are quickly adapting their hardware and…

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Emerging Point-Of-Sale Trends for Retailers

Posted on 18 Jun 2014 by Mike Dinneen | 0 Comments
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Here in New Jersey, our state’s economy is driven by tourism, with summer as the peak season.  Our region’s hospitality businesses – restaurants, the boardwalk, hotels and motels alike – all rely on point-of-sale(POS)  credit card terminals to accept payments. As you swipe away this summer, you may notice a quickly-growing trend regarding the POS [...]

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4
Jun
2014
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How Do You Plan to Honor Your Dad on Father’s Day?

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I decided to look into the history of Father’s Day since a love of history is something that my father and I share.

In my research I found out Father’s Day was the idea of Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909. Her father, William Jackson Smart, became a single father after his wife passed away.  He raised his six children in a time when that was defined as the “Mother’s Duty”. Sonora wanted to honor her Dad on his birthday, in June; for all that he did for her and her siblings.  Father’s Day…

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How Do You Plan to Honor Your Dad on Father’s Day?

Posted on 4 Jun 2014 by Amanda Warren | 0 Comments

With Father’s Day just around the corner, I decided to look into the history of Father’s Day since a love of history is something that my father and I share. In my research I found out Father’s Day was the idea of Sonora Smart Dodd in 1909. Her father, William Jackson Smart, became a single [...]

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