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Dear Family Whisperer: Battling the Gimmes

Melinda Blau | Posted 03.27.2014 | 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.

Tax Time: Should A Married Couple Ever File Separately?

LearnVest | Posted 02.28.2014 | Money

As with most things tax-related, choosing whether to file jointly or separately as a married couple is a highly individual and complex decision. That's why we consulted two certified public accountants to find out how common it is for a married couple to file separately, what it means for your taxes and in which situations it may apply.

8 Ways To Help Your Grandkids Become Financially Responsible

Neale Godfrey | Posted 02.28.2014 | Fifty
Neale Godfrey

Helping your grandkids navigate the road to their financial future is one of the greatest gifts you can give. Make it a fun and natural component of your time together. Keep a journal and take photos of your journey, having the kids add notes along the way. They're going to treasure it when they're older and keep the tradition of financial education with their own children.

9 Ways Families Can Waste Less Food And Stash More Cash In 2014

Karen Cordaway | Posted 03.24.2014 | Parents
Karen Cordaway

The bottom line is tracking what you spend is essential to cutting back on food purchases and being wasteful. Use these ideas to save yourself time, money and your sanity. Stash the cash you save to boost your finances. Besides, no one needs to know. It can be our little secret.

How to Make Extra Money Using Airbnb Without Getting Robbed

Adam Levin | Posted 03.11.2014 | Technology
Adam Levin

Not to be a buzzkill, but allow me to assume my Shiva God of Death persona for just a moment and remind you of the risks inherent in the decision to open your home (indeed, your life) to a complete stranger.

The Great Debate: Who Should Handle The Money? Men Vs. Women

Patrice C. Washington | Posted 02.01.2014 | Business
Patrice C. Washington

When it comes to our relationships, money is not the issue many people believe it is. Money, that little green piece of paper in your wallet, in and of itself, is powerless. It's actually what the money represents to two different individuals that can be problematic, as well as their communication or lack thereof around the topic.

4 Steps for Families to Avoid Debt and Increase Savings

Jaclyn Vargo | Posted 09.23.2013 | Women
Jaclyn Vargo

Avoiding debt gives each dollar someone earns more power. Here are four steps to ensure that one is earning interest instead of paying it.

The Moment I Realized I Was A Financial Adult

LearnVest | Posted 07.09.2013 | Parents

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.

High Cost of Youth Sports | Posted 08.21.2013 | Parents

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.

Why Your Second Baby Gets the Shaft

BabyPost | Posted 07.02.2013 | Parents

Babies don't know -- and don't care -- if they are using their older sibling's hand me downs. They don't have it worse than their older siblings, just because they don't have a fancy new bouncy seat. The only person who knows or who cares that it's the same stuff is the parent who passed it down.

Preparing for a Child: A Financial Checklist

SaveUp | Posted 05.18.2013 | Parents

There are so many things to consider when having a baby! Here is financial checklist to get you started.

The Reality of Raising Kids When Money Is Tight

LearnVest | Posted 05.12.2013 | Parents

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

WATCH: What New Parents Need To Know About Their Tax Returns

Posted 02.12.2013 | Parents

Good news! If you had a baby in 2012, you're eligible for a hefty tax break. As CNBC personal finance correspondent Sharon Epperson told parents on th...

Give Yourself a Promotion: Why Moms Are the New Family CEO

Jennifer Owens | Posted 03.17.2013 | Parents
Jennifer Owens

I am in favor of all moms becoming not only financially savvy, but financially strategic about the budget and investment goals they have for themselves and their families.

How You Can Help Your Family's Finances In 10 Minutes

LearnVest | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents

The New Year is a time to conquer any traces of "put-off-ability," because the longer you put things off, the more you'll continue to put them off. Admittedly, some of the tasks that get pushed off the longest are the ones that can help your financial life.

"SHIPPA Means Never Having to Say How Much You Spent!" (VIDEO)

Laura Zigman | Posted 12.12.2012 | Comedy
Laura Zigman

Have you heard? There's a new kind of HIPPA! SHIPPA! The Shopping Privacy Act! Just in time for the holidays!

The Biggest Money Mistake Parents Make Post-Split

Suzanna de Baca | Posted 12.26.2012 | Divorce
Suzanna de Baca

Almost everyone I know who has gone through a divorce has later admitted to making financial mistakes along the way, from blunders or oversights with short-term impacts to more serious lapses in judgment that derailed their long-term financial health

WATCH: Finances In A Relationship, From Dr. Sue Johnson

Posted 08.21.2013 | MarloThomas

How can you approach your partner about finances? Dr. Sue Johnson, relationship expert, spoke about the best way to navigate finances as a couple when...

Parents Would Rather Talk About Drugs Than Dollars

Beth Kobliner | Posted 08.29.2012 | Money
Beth Kobliner

I get it. Money is an awkward subject to begin with. And the topic of finances can seem complicated when compared to drugs and smoking, where the lesson for kids is a simple: "Just say no!"

The Top 10 Money Pitfalls Moms Should Watch Out For

LearnVest | Posted 07.21.2012 | Parents

No matter how awesome parents are, we're still human. And sometimes we even run out of time to think about how we handle our money.

Do Family Dinners Improve Your Finances?

Beth Kobliner | Posted 07.01.2012 | Money
Beth Kobliner

Your assignment: Try committing to some healthy routines, like aiming for at least two family meals a week to start. I'm sensing a reality show in the making: The Biggest Saver, anyone?

Closing the Gap in Economic Education: Financial Literacy Begins in the Classroom

Nan J. Morrison | Posted 06.30.2012 | Education
Nan J. Morrison

From the national level down, there are many efforts underway to improve economic and financial education, increase requirements and find better ways to assess literacy levels. But it's something we all need to continue to work on together.

Teaching Children the Value of a Dollar in a Debt-Filled World

Doug Lebda | Posted 06.23.2012 | Money
Doug Lebda

But we all have heard the stories -- or perhaps you have one of our own -- of a parent opening up a credit card bill to find hundreds of dollars in charges from iTunes or Amazon. So how do we, as parents, start to instill good financial values in children?

Parents Would Rather Talk About This Than Money

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 03.28.2012 | Money

You probably wouldn't smoke a joint in front of your kids, but max out a credit card or ignore a bill? While parents seem to agree that having the ...

Please, Don't Save for College

Jacoba Urist | Posted 03.25.2012 | College
Jacoba Urist

Here are the four financial goals I believe every family should reach before they think about putting cash in their kiddo's college fund.