I have an interesting relationship with technology as it relates to money. I love what technology can do, in terms of helping us better manage our money, but I’m also somewhat reluctant to turn too much of my financial management over to technology.

There comes a time when too much of a hands-off approach leads to poor money management and can get you in trouble financially. Sometimes technology is more of a crutch than a help, especially when it doesn’t work. You have to know how to manage your finances manually, without the help of a computer or software.

However, I can see how technology can be a great help to spending money wisely and saving money. Here are some cool technology advances associated with money.

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If you have a pet, you definitely know how much love and joy they can bring into a household. They truly are a man’s best friend. But these furry friends can also be very expensive.

According to the ASPCA, the average cost of a small dog in it’s first year is $1,314. A cat is slightly less expensive at $1,035 but that’s still a considerable amount.

We recently added a little kitten to our family and spent $200 on our first vet visit! There were many more visits after that, as well as vaccinations and spaying.

Costs can add up quickly, especially if your pets have medical emergencies, but with a little careful planning you can still enjoy having them, while spending a little less. Here are 5 ways to save money on your pets.

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Just about every company or product has a contact solution for complaints and unsatisfactory service. However, is complaining really worth the time you’re spending to save money? I have seen people take both sides.

Some of us feel that we have spent good money on a product or service and even though we aren’t happy about it, we would rather just forget the experience.

Then on the other side, I have known some individuals to contact almost every company they know to complain about minor issues and wave the BBB in their face.

I’m not saying you take it to that extreme, but does making your complaints known to a company help you save money? Here’s when it makes sense to complain, and when it doesn’t.

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Many factors play into the decision to make a major move — career opportunities, family obligations, financial situations, and lifestyle changes, to name a few.

The decision to move may not be voluntary, but imperative, and a necessary and often un-budgeted expense. Just how much you end up paying, however, is something you can have a great deal of control over.

Recently my husband and I started considering a cross-country move, and in my research, these are a few tips I’ve found helpful as I try to save as much money as possible.

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My employer used to send out quarterly statements for my 401K plan. It used to serve as a periodic reminder to review how my different investment accounts are performing.

A few years ago, however, they stopped sending out physical statements, but were still available online. It’s easy to log into my account online tool periodically to check my balance. But honestly, it’s been quite awhile since I’ve looked at the return rates of my investments.

Since I now longer receive a paper reminder in the mail, I haven’t been checking on my investment performance like I used to. Recently it occurred to me to check it out, and what I found was a little disturbing.

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Saving money often means you are spending less — but did you know that you can also save money and protect the environment?

Many times, what is good for our wallets is also good for the environment. It all starts with the idea of consuming less and having less waste.

Here are some simple strategies you can use to save money and reduce your environmental impact.

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