09.20.16
Father and child holding hands, walking down the street.

Best Term Life Insurance for 2016

We all hope that we’ll always be there for our loved ones, but sometimes life has other plans. An unexpected death can put a financial,

09.16.16
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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

disney world

The Disney Hangover: Are Brand-Name Vacations Worth the Price?

If you ask nearly any American kid about their trip of a lifetime, almost all will mention Walt Disney World or Disney Land. Obviously, my

08.12.16
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Til Death Do Us Check? When a Joint Bank Account Makes Sense

First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes… a joint checking account. Combining assets when uniting as a married couple seems only natural, and often

07.25.16
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Why and How to Open a Roth IRA for Your Child

The Roth IRA is one of the most powerful retirement tools available, giving you the benefits of tax-free growth and tax-free withdrawals. It’s also an

07.03.16
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Why I’m Saying No to Travel Sports for My Seven-Year-Old

I never really learned to appreciate summer as an adult until I became a mother. But now that I have two kids – and especially

06.19.16
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Why I’m Glad I Resisted the Urge to Become a Stay-at-Home Mom

Anyone with small children knows what a huge challenge working and raising kids can be. Each hour you spend away from your kids is one

06.10.16
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Our Family’s Free Summer Activity Checklist

Sarah and I have three children, and as a result, summer vacation means many weeks in which the children are at home. Given our district’s

06.09.16
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The Elves in the Attic: Making Old Toys New Again

My four-year-old daughter has been playing nonstop with a Little People barn for the past week. Now, if you have a young child, you know

06.08.16
Fathers Day

Eight Free Things to Do with Dad This Father’s Day

With Father’s Day coming up on June 19, it’s time to start thinking of ways to recognize the special man in your life. From home beer brewing kits

06.07.16
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Our 15 Most Powerful Tactics for Reducing the Cost of Raising a Child

When I first started The Simple Dollar, Sarah and I were proud parents of a toddler. Today, as I write this, that toddler is about

06.03.16
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How to Save Money and Your Sanity While Raising a Sports-Obsessed Kid

I recently had a conversation with my aunt about my 8-year-old cousin, who is a stud baseball player. The demands that come along with being

05.11.16
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What to Do When Your Spouse Fails Miserably at a New Job

When my husband grew tired of his mortuary job in 2013, I wasn’t all that surprised. After all, working as a mortician means working in

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How Young Is Too Young to Get a Credit Card?

It’s the quintessential catch-22: You can’t build credit until you have credit of your own. Then again, banks are hesitant to give you a credit card

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