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Homeschool: How to Get Your Finances in Order

You can't control those reckless banks and free-borrowing governments, but you can get your own budget in order. Here's how.

This week we saw Greece, the birthplace of democracy, riot over austerity measures. Some experts are calling the nation Europe's version of Lehman Brothers. While there's not a whole lot you can do about reckless governments or banks, you can take steps to ensure that your accounts don't spiral into chaos. No matter what stage you're at—heading off to college for the first time, graduating for school and striking off on your own, or a few years (or decades) into your career—it's never too late to get in the habit of saving money. In this week's homeschool, here are four easy steps to get you on track

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We’ve heard it time and again, invoked both as a defense and a deterrent: Clean personal care products are just too expensive. And it’s true that many (though not all) of the items we most adore are on the pricier side. But before getting into some practical advice on how to save as you green your grooming, let’s consider why these goodies are so costly in the first place.

Well, just think about organic food—small-scale manufacturing along with higher-quality ingredients is always going to be more expensive. On the plus side, with natural and clean body-care products, you're often getting more of the good-for-you ingredients, without all the cheap chemical fillers. So when you do the math, you’re actually getting more product per penny.

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