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  • 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
  • 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
  • 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...
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    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
  • 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 ...
  • Family Life
    Wills, Trusts, Probates
    Setting Up a Trust Fund
    Setting Up a Trust Fund Money ABCs A trust is a legal type of ownership in which property is held by a fiduciary, called a trustee, for the benefit of someone else, called a beneficiary. The trustee runs things; the beneficiary gets things from ...
  • Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Toy Finder
    Find our top picks for the best toys of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • 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
  • 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: ...
  • create a monthly budgeting document
    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...
  • getting out of 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 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...
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    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
    Tax Benefits of Owning a Home
    Tax Benefits of Owning a Home When you buy a house, Uncle Sam gives you a little housewarming gift (he's real generous with the gifts, isn't he?). You get to deduct two of the biggest owning-a-home expenses from your federal income tax: The int...
  • Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Book Finder
    Find our top picks for the best books of the year!
    familyeducation editors
  • 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,...