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For Parents: 3 Frugal Alternatives to a Private Tutor

Lauren Bowling | Posted 11.05.2016 | Home
Lauren Bowling

If your child is struggling in a content area, is shelling out a lot of money the only way to get your student where they need to be?

Cut Down on Monthly Household Expenses with these 4 Simple Strategies

Sarah Pike | Posted 08.10.2016 | Home
Sarah Pike

We'd all like to have a little more money in our bank accounts. One of the best ways to start adding to your balance is by cutting down on household expenses like Internet and TV.

Baby On The Way: Are You Ready For Your New Financial Reality?

Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP | Posted 06.03.2016 | Home
Carrie Schwab-Pomerantz, CFP

Raising a child is a costly proposition. The USDA estimated that a child born in 2013 will cost the average family about $245,000 -- before college!

Paying the Cost of Being Poor

N. Kimron Corion | Posted 08.16.2014 | Money
N. Kimron Corion

I have always thought that when persons are poor their monthly expenses are normally very small or minimal. I have always believed that in society the...

Healthy Eating Tips For Families On A Budget, From Alison Sweeney (VIDEO)

Posted 06.09.2014 | Home

In the midst of juggling her hectic schedule, "The Biggest Loser" Host Alison Sweeney has discovered a few useful tricks to ensure her family is eatin...

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

Karen Cordaway | Posted 04.21.2014 | Home
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 Tweens and Teens About Money

Neale Godfrey | Posted 03.17.2014 | Home
Neale Godfrey

Remember that kids learn from watching parents -- be aware of the messages you send and the examples you set. You should have a family budget, and include your teens in regular money meetings. Your meetings should be practical and informative. Be transparent.

Your Kids and Money Holiday Questions: Answered

Neale Godfrey | Posted 02.10.2014 | Home
Neale Godfrey

The holiday season should be a happy and joyful time of year, but I know it can also be a time of stress and even depression. The important lessons are that ongoing, open, and honest conversations are essential.

He Knows if You've Been Naughty or Nice -- So Do Your Kids

Neale Godfrey | Posted 02.03.2014 | Home
Neale Godfrey

As with most lessons, your children learn from example. When you're among the hoards stuck in a department store the week before Christmas and staring into space every year, do you tell tell yourself "I'm not going to do this next year?" W

Parents: A Time of Thanks and Giving

Neale Godfrey | Posted 01.27.2014 | Home
Neale Godfrey

I love the holiday season -- special meals, family gatherings, and reminiscing. It also brings the reminder that no matter your personal circumstance; there are so many people in the world less fortunate who need help. Break down the name Thanksgiving into its two parts for your kids: thanks and giving.

Your Grocery Store Is Using Music To Trick You Into Spending More Money!

Posted 09.26.2013 | Home

It sounds too good to be true, but bringing your own music to the store could help you lower your grocery budget. And when your grocery list grows...

These Parents Save HOW Much With Coupons?!

Posted 09.17.2013 | Home

Living on a budget is tough enough on your own, but when you add in a spouse, children, pets and home expenses, it can seem impossible. Now more th...

Disturbing Truth About Being Poor In America

The Huffington Post | Jillian Berman | Posted 07.03.2013 | Home

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...

Family Vacation: Fun and Learning

Neale Godfrey | Posted 08.04.2013 | Home
Neale Godfrey

f your family is fortunate enough to be taking a summer vacation, are you and your children going to tear around the house stuffing clothes in bags and rummaging through drawers for maps and sunscreen? I have two very important words for you: plan ahead.

How to Eat Healthily (and Inexpensively) in 2013: The 365-Day-A-Year Meal Plan

Women & Co | Posted 04.02.2013 | Home
Women & Co

If you find yourself frantically scrolling through the "quick and easy" sections of your favorite cooking sites every afternoon trying to figure out how you're going to feed your family a healthy dinner -- that they'll actually eat -- you're not alone.

The Importance of Financial Education

Javier Storch | Posted 12.15.2012 | Home
Javier Storch

A few years later, my father's friend declared bankruptcy. After years of lavish spending, he and his family were forced to compromise their hopes and dreams in order to keep what little they had left. They sold their cars to pay for their groceries.

Do Our Kids Really 'Need' the Newest, Coolest, Bestest Toy?

Neale Godfrey | Posted 12.11.2012 | Home
Neale Godfrey

"I can't afford it" means nothing to a 4-year-old. My son Rhett's solution was swift and simple: "Oh Mommy, don't use real money. Use that magic piece of plastic."

What Does It Mean to Live within Your Means?

Women & Co | Posted 10.27.2012 | Home
Women & Co

As we added credit cards to our wallet, the notion of "living within your means" somehow morphed into "living within your available credit limit."

7 Strategies for Smart Vacation Spending

Women & Co | Posted 09.11.2012 | Home
Women & Co

Planning a vacation? Here are seven smart strategies to help keep your spending on track.

5 Hidden Summer Camp Costs

Women & Co | Posted 08.27.2012 | Home
Women & Co

Around this time of year, parents can find themselves dishing out additional cash for the "hidden costs" of camp -- costs that were unanticipated during budgeting and registration.

5 Costs to Consider Before Getting a Pet

Women & Co | Posted 07.23.2012 | Home
Women & Co

Consider this list if you are thinking of buying a pet.

Six Biggest Money Mistakes Mothers Make

Kristin Maschka | Posted 08.17.2011 | Home
Kristin Maschka

Recently I led a chapter meeting for our local Mothers & More chapter on "The 6 Biggest Money Mistakes Mothers Make." Here are the "mistakes" I discus...

Budgeting Tips: De-Stress And Live With Less

Kari Henley | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Kari Henley

Being on a budget forces not only simplifying life, but also choosing only to invest in those things that have the greatest meaning.

3 Signs You are Suffering from Lifestyle Creep

Manisha Thakor | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Manisha Thakor

Do you ever feel like your possessions are holding you hostage? Or perhaps that you've bitten off more stuff than you can chew? If you've ever suffer...

Recession: We're All in This Together, Part 2

Olivia Rosewood | Posted 11.17.2011 | Home
Olivia Rosewood

Perhaps we could take a lesson from the prosperous: don't be ashamed to ask for money. There's nothing shameful about taking care of yourself and your family.