popular topics in family finances

  • Learn How to Stick to a Budget to Make the Most of Your Finances
    Family Budgets
    Learn How to Stick to a Budget to Make the Most of Your Finances
    If it seems harder and harder to stretch your paycheck each week, you're not alone. Every time you turn your head the price of some necessity has gone up; gas, groceries, utility bills. Even a gym membership costs more than it used to, as clubs o...
    Steven Auger
  • Building Good Credit
    Family Life
    Building a Masterpiece: The Keys to Creating an Excellent Credit History
    Building an excellent credit history is like building a family. Over time, you work hard to apply basic principles of love, fairness, discipline, and fun. As your children grow, you start to see the fruits of your labor. However, your work as a p...
    J.R. Duren
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Teen Budget Worksheet
    Help your teenager organize his expenses and save his money with this FREE teen budget worksheet. Download the worksheet and save it to your desktop. Your teen can type in his monthly expenses and income, and the worksheet will calculate his budg...
  • Family Life
    Rachel Cruze: How to Avoid Holiday Overspending and Teach Kids The Value of a Dollar
    ​Photo credit: Cameron Powell It's the most wonderful time of year — as those festive lyrics state — with memories to cherish forever. The holidays are just around the corner, which means fun, food, family...and finances. When it comes to...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Handmade yard sale sign leaning on brick wall
    Spring Cleaning
    Cha-Ching! 7 Ways to Make Money by De-cluttering Your Home
    Green is the color of spring... and MONEY! So if you've got the itch to clean up and de-clutter, why not make a little extra cash while you're at it? These simple ideas can help you make money while you get organized at the same time. And don't ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • BlowingNose,Tissues
    Being a Good Mom
    Top 10 Supermom Essentials
    Between carting kids around to soccer practice and piano lessons, to managing work, PTA meetings, and running the household, moms can seem like superheroes. We've come up with the top 10 essentials that every mom-on-the-go should have on hand to ...
  • create a monthly budgeting document
    Expenses
    Creating an Income and Expense Tracking Document
    Creating an Income and Expense Tracking DocumentOkay, you've got all of your receipts. Now what do you do with them? Even if you use software such as Quicken by Intuit or Microsoft Money, you might find it helpful to keep a separate income and e...
  • CollegeStudent,Studying
    Paying for College
    Top 10 Tips for Paying for College
    No matter how much you scrimp and save, paying for your kids' college tuition can seem like an insurmountable task. With many four-year schools charging hundreds of thousands of dollars for a degree, most families need help getting their kids to ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Femalecollegegraduate
    Financial Aid
    Shrinking the College Tab
    The most effective way to shrink college expenses is to think big. Aim for merit awards or fat financial aid packages. There are plenty of other opportunities, however, that you can seize to whittle down costs. Here are some to get you started: ...
  • getting out of debt
    Debt
    How to Get Out of Debt
    How to Get Out of Debt Here's a newsflash: The first step to getting out of debt is to stop adding to it. You do that by saying "no" to a series of payments with interest and, instead, paying in full. The TV show Saturday Night Live a few years ...
  • Family Life
    Expenses
    When Your Teen Wants a Car
    When Your Teen Wants a Car There's a great probability that, sooner or later, your teenager is going to want to have his own car. The question is, will you agree to let him have one? Let's dispel the notion right up front that every teenager ne...
  • stick to your budget by getting good deals on services
    Saving Tips
    How to Get a Good Deal on Services
    How to Get a Good Deal on Services Many purchases we make today aren't things, but services. We hire and subscribe all the time: home contractors and plumbers, mail-order movie services, gym memberships, airline flights, and hotel rooms. How to...
  • Family Life
    Saving Tips
    How to Shop Wisely for Products
    How to Shop Wisely for Products Is shopping around for products worth your time? You bet. And today it's easier than ever because of online reviews and price comparisons. Buying stuff breaks down into the three Rs: Read reviews, research prices,...
  • School and Learning
    Supplies and Shopping
    Savings Quick Tips: Reduce Back to School Spending
    Savings Quick Tips: Reduce Back to School Spending Everybody knows holiday spending and the annual vacation will be big-ticket expenses throughout the year. But back-to-school shopping seems to sneak up on many families. And, in fact, some fami...
  • Family Life
    Car Payments
    Do You Really Need a Car?
    Do You Really Need a Car? The best thing about having a car at your disposal is the freedom it gives you. You can go wherever you want. Just pick a destination, hop in the car, and you're off. Other than that, there's really not that much about ...
  • Family Life
    Saving Tips
    How to Buy Online -- Without Getting Ripped Off
    How to Buy Online -- Without Getting Ripped Off Buying online can be a great idea. What's more convenient than sitting at your computer in your pajamas, clicking the computer mouse and having the item show up on your doorstep a few days later? V...
  • Family Life
    Savings Account
    Savings Quick Tips: Don't Pay Anyone to Hold Your Money
    Savings Quick Tips: Don't Pay Anyone to Hold Your Money Where competition thrives, consumers win. The banking industry has more competition than ever with the introduction of online banks. So, you don't have to put up with overpaying for checkin...
  • Family Life
    Saving Tips
    Savings Quick Tips: Automatic Commitments Will Haunt You
    Savings Quick Tips: Automatic Commitments Will Haunt You People save more money if they make it automatic. That's why it's so painless to save in a 401(k) retirement plan or a Christmas club account. You don't have to do anything. Automatic sa...