How To Manage Kids’ Expectations During the Holiday Season
December 13, 2013

How To Manage Kids’ Expectations During the Holiday Season

As soon as the holiday season begins, excited youngsters begin making out their wish lists. Although it’s a tradition, this is also a potential source of frustration and unhappiness. Not being able to buy their dream gift, or not having the funds to buy as much as they may be expecting can result in Christmas […]

Teens and Cars: a Teen Driving Safety Guide for Parents
November 21, 2013

Teens and Cars: a Teen Driving Safety Guide for Parents

While many parents may dread it, many teenagers look forward to getting their driver’s license and the freedom it brings. Driving also brings responsibility with it, which some teenagers fail to understand. The rate of traffic accidents for teenager drivers is higher than for any group of people. Over 3,000 teenagers between the ages of […]

October 23, 2013

The Financial Fallout of Caring for Aging Parents

It’s one of the harsh realities of aging: at some point, our parents will reach the age when they need help with basic tasks, from meal preparation to bathing. Millions of Americans people take on care of elderly parents themselves rather than hiring outside help or sending aging parents to a nursing home. According to […]

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October 16, 2013

How Much Does It Cost To Raise A Kid in 2013?

Whether you are a parent or not, you’re probably well aware that raising a child isn’t cheap. The cost of diapers, clothes, healthcare, housing and countless other expenses add up – but have you ever tried to put a number on the annual cost of raising a child? The answer depends heavily on a family’s […]

Expensive Gym Membership
October 4, 2013

Why You Might Not Need That Pricey Gym Membership

Is the cost of a gym membership getting in the way of your personal fitness goals? Gyms, yoga studios and personal trainers are all known for their exorbitant price tags, but as recent studies show, these aren’t the only ways to stay healthy. According to a study conducted at the Oregon State University, performing small […]

Staycation Tips
September 30, 2013

10 Tips For Planning A Fun & Affordable Staycation

A lavish vacation may be out of the question this year, but what about a staycation? According to an infographic from BedandBreakfast.com, 24% of Americans are likely to take a staycation in the coming year. Wikipedia defines the staycation as “a period in which an individual or family stays home and participates in leisure activities […]

Workout App
September 27, 2013

Get Fit With Your Phone: 5 Free Fitness Apps

The health benefits of exercise are obvious, but staying fit also has its financial perks. Research shows that regular physical activity lowers the risk of heart disease and diabetes, both of which can lead to astronomical medical bills. In the past we’ve covered ways to exercise on a budget, but since most of us have […]

Kids Budget
September 25, 2013

Tools To Teach Kids Budgeting Skills At Every Age

Do you want your child to learn responsible personal finance habits? Get ready to throw on your teaching hat. According to the JumpStart Coalition for Financial Literacy, only a handful of states require at least a one-semester class in personal finance before high school graduation. That means that if you want your child to grow […]

Healthy Groceries on a Budget: Tips for Supermarket Success
September 20, 2013

Healthy Groceries on a Budget: Tips for Supermarket Success

A commonly cited excuse for unhealthy eating is that produce, organic and other healthy foods tend to be significantly more expensive than their empty calorie counterparts. Is that classic excuse legitimate, though? In 2012 the USDA made it their mission to find out. The title of the report, “Are Healthy Foods Really More Expensive? It […]

Allowance Apps
September 18, 2013

Pay Up! 5 Allowance Apps for Parents

Last week we shared an interesting set of stats on allowance in the United States. If you’re one of the 61% of parents that pay your child an allowance, you know that one of the hardest parts of the process is consistency. Whether that means having small bills on hand, holding kids accountable for chores, […]