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Have you already budgeted for your summer vacation?  It’s not too late to plan for a reasonably priced getaway. Fun and Affordable Family Vacation Ideas for Summer (USNews.com)

Thinking about buying your first house?  Anticipate the costs of owning and budget for it first.  Start living like you are already a homeowner in your cash flow and see if you can manage what would be the equivalent to a mortgage, real estate taxes, utilities, repairs and insurance.  Factor any income tax savings from having the interest and tax deduction.  Married already and both working?  Try not to buy a home that will require both full-time wages to pay for it.  Anticipating job changes and new babies will help you afford a home through life cycle changes. See more information at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban DevelopmentRELATED ARTICLE: Financial Considerations for First-Time Homebuyers

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