popular topics in family finances

  • 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
  • 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 h...
    Rachel Sokol
  • 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...
  • 9 Ways to Teach Saving Money
    Teaching Kids to Save
    9 Fun Ways to Teach Your Children About Saving Money
    Zina Kumok is a writer for TraditionalIRA.com and RothIRA.com specializing in personal finance. She started covering personal finance while blogging about paying off $28,000 worth of student loans in three years. A former reporter, she has covere...
    Zina Kumok
  • 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
  • Working mom on laptop with baby on lap
    Family Planning
    Can You Afford to Have Another Child? 8 Financial Questions to Consider
    Are you considering having another child, but are worried about the financial aspect of adding to your family? Raising a child is no doubt expensive, and while ultimately your decision might not be based on dollars and cents, it's still impo...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • 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...
  • AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Could Be Healthy
    AAP Says Interactive Screen Time Can Be Healthy
    When it comes to screen time and kids, it isn't all bad news. The American Academy of Pediatrics offers guidelines on how to make screen time healthy and educational.
    Curious World
  • 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 ...
  • Teenagers,Girls,Friends,Shopping,Mall
    Kids and Credit Cards
    Top 10 Credit Card Tips for Teens
    Parents are increasingly allowing teens to get their own credit card. When they're used correctly, credit cards can help teens learn financial responsibility. Just be sure to prepare them with some wise tips to build good credit and prevent wild ...
    Erin Dower
  • 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
  • Family Life
    Saving Tips
    Are You a Saver or a Spender?
    Are You a Saver or a Spender? If you know to the nickel how much money is in your wallet or purse at this moment, keep track of exactly how much you spend and where you spend it, buy only clothing that doesn't need to be dry cleaned, and eat pas...
  • 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
    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,...
  • 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 ...
  • Fact Monster, a safe space for kids to find homework help
    Fact Monster - a safe online educational space for kids

    Are you worried about your kids being online? Fact Monster is a KidSafe-certified site for your kids to get homework help, play games and watch educational videos. Check it out...and give Same Game a try yourself!

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    Family Education
  • 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...