12.06.16
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The Financial Decision of a Lifetime: Should I Have Children?

As I write this, I’m sitting in the overstuffed chair in our living room waiting for my three children to get off the bus, as

12.05.16
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The Food Freeze: How We Avoided the Grocery Store for More Than Two Weeks

A few months ago, I peeked in our pantry and freezer to take stock of what we had before hitting the store. What I found

11.25.16
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Hatchimals, ‘Unicorns,’ and Other Scarcity Marketing Tactics to Avoid

Just last week, I had a conversation about leggings that blew my mind. After receiving an invite to an online LuLaRoe party, I asked the

11.18.16
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The Direct PLUS Loan Program: Six Things Parents Should Know

Your kid isn’t the only one studying. If you’re searching for grants and scholarship money and researching federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans, you probably feel

11.09.16
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How to Choose a Teen Checking Account

For many teens, learning about algebra and geometry is more common then learning to manage one’s personal finances. Perhaps it’s an unfortunate oversight in our education system,

11.06.16
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The Dead Minivan Experiment: How We’re Trying to Become a One-Car Family

A few weeks ago, my 2007 periwinkle blue minivan lay unworkable in the driveway. With jumper cables in hand, my husband tried to bring her

10.18.16
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Handling Financially Irresponsible People

One of the greatest challenges for people attempting to adopt or maintain a life of financial responsibility is the presence of financially irresponsible people in

10.15.16
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Frugality and the Challenge of Raising Children

My children get off the school bus each day at around 3:30. The bus stop is two houses down from our house, so as soon

10.15.16
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How to Ship Wine (Legally) Through the Mail

With the holidays fast approaching, many people aged 21 and older are getting ready to put down their kale smoothies and pick up the bottle of vino.

10.10.16
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The Disney Savings Account: Is There a Better Way to Save for Your Dream Vacation?

While there’s no denying that Disney vacations are expensive, there are plenty of ways to save money on your trip. Stay in an off-site condo instead of

10.09.16
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How Much Could You Save for the Holidays if You Started Right Now?

It’s mid-October, which means it’s too early to break out the Christmas lights and holiday streamers. We’ve still got Halloween to get through, right? And

09.26.16

Best Home Security System for 2016

The best home security systems have a proven track record in protecting homes and their valuable contents. Unfortunately, many people don’t address home security until it’s too

09.20.16
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Best Term Life Insurance for 2016

An unexpected death is always difficult, for many reasons. The sudden loss of an entire income is one of them. Fortunately, a term life insurance

09.16.16
Teen driver

Best Cheap Car Insurance for Teens for 2016

Car insurance for teens, by definition, isn’t cheap. Little driving experience and a statistically higher chance of accidents makes teens a big risk to insurers,

09.06.16
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How to Celebrate a Child’s Birthday Without Breaking the Bank

This past weekend, my daughter celebrated her birthday in a relatively quiet and subdued fashion. Some of her friends who have reached the same age

09.01.16
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Five Ways Stay-at-Home Parents Can Get Back Into the Workforce

The number of stay-at-home moms rose during and after the Great Recession, reaching 29% of American mothers in 2012, according to Pew Research. But, not

08.28.16
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‘I Almost Married a Money Nightmare’

Have you ever felt grateful a relationship didn’t work out? Have you ever looked around at what you have now and thought, “Dang, I really

08.23.16
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Authorized Users vs. Joint Accounts: What’s the Difference?

Whether you’re married, in a relationship, or single, you’ll maintain a personal credit score and credit history. However, there may be times when you want

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