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Dear Family Whisperer: Battling the Gimmes

Melinda Blau | Posted 05.27.2014 | Parents
Melinda Blau

Some parents fear that financial discussions "burden" children. But it's just the opposite. Earning and spending should be part of everyday conversation so kids grow up armed with awareness and information.

Kids and Money: 4 Grocery Tips to Help Teach Your Child About Money

Karen Cordaway | Posted 04.21.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordaway

Don't let your child's long list of purchase requests hold you back from bringing them to the grocery store. Whether you're restocking the whole refrigerator or just making a quick trip, a little preparation and planning can keep everyone happy, well fed and on budget.

Parents: Teach Your High School Kids About Money

Neale Godfrey | Posted 03.31.2014 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

As your kids move forward on their road to independence, the lessons build upon the foundation of principles you have helped them build -- and address the real-life situations and obstacles they will encounter.

5 Tips for Paying Off Your Own Student Loans While Saving for Your Kids' Education

Women & Co | Posted 12.08.2013 | Parents
Women & Co

How do you pay off student loans when you need to manage other debts, fund your retirement and save for the future cost of your children's education? It starts with knowledge and a plan.

Parents: Fundraisers Are In the Budget

Neale Godfrey | Posted 12.02.2013 | Parents
Neale Godfrey

Supporting fundraisers is a great way teach your children the concepts of charity and volunteerism. It is also an important way of reinforcing money lessons in the real world that will last a lifetime.

How I Finally Stopped Spoiling My Kids

LearnVest | Posted 11.22.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

The best advice I can share with other moms is this: Don't give in to guilt. Your kids won't love you less because you refused to buy them the latest video game. If anything, they'll love you more when they see you as the strong and financially capable woman who keeps a roof over their heads.

10 Genius Ideas for Cheap Summer Family Fun

Women & Co | Posted 09.25.2013 | Parents
Women & Co

For most kids, the start of the school year is still weeks away. But whether they're enrolled in camp or you're heading to the town pool to beat the heat, filling those long summer days with activities can easily add up.

The Moment I Realized I Was A Financial Adult

LearnVest | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

Depending on how old your kids are, you may have a whole collection of stories, but one thing's for sure: Kids change our money lives forever.

Disturbing Truth About Being Poor In America

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Business

Just because the government doesn't define you as poor, doesn't mean you have enough money to live. The federal poverty line for a family of four w...

High Cost of Youth Sports

VisualNews.com | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents
VisualNews.com

For the 45 million children ages 6 through 16 currently participating in youth sports, many parents are having to reach deep into their pockets to cover the rising costs of equipment and sports-related activities.

The Reality of Raising Kids When Money Is Tight

LearnVest | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

There is no shame in being broke, theoretically. But that hasn't stopped me from feeling horrible shame at how broke my family is.

The Costs Of Raising A Child At Every Age

LearnVest | Posted 05.10.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

It's no surprise that the overall cost of raising kids is skyrocketing. The cost of raising a child from birth to 17 rose 25% from 2000 to 2010. We spoke with parents around the country to find out which costs have surprised them most.

What To Do When Unexpected Expenses Occur

Drew Hendricks | Posted 04.03.2013 | Business
Drew Hendricks

Unexpected expenses are almost a guaranteed way to make sure that a person or family breaks their budget. There are ways to make sure that things such as a higher tax bill, car repair, or unexpected trip do not ruin you or your family financially.

The Ultimate Family Budget Challenge

LearnVest | Posted 03.31.2013 | Parents
LearnVest

Since things change every year -- particularly when you have a family! -- it's important to revisit your budget now to ensure that it fits your life for the year to come.

Turn Around King to US Debt

Grant Cardone | Posted 08.01.2011 | Business
Grant Cardone

While the US national debt is exploding to historic levels, it is not the problem that the media or politicos makes it out to be. The US debt situatio...

Don't Believe the Hype About U.S. Debt

Sally Kohn | Posted 07.25.2011 | Politics
Sally Kohn

If the U.S. were borrowing anywhere near as much as Chase bank, we'd have legitimate reason to worry. But in general, borrowing money is necessary to invest in the future.

How Democrats Should Respond to Jon Kyl

Chris Weigant | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Chris Weigant

If you want to be serious about being fiscally responsible then you can't have some sort of double standard where you hold the line on new spending but ignore the fact that tax cuts add to the deficit.