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Find Funky Baby Clothes on a Budget

American Eagle's 77Kids line is awesome. Credit: Ae.com
You're a cool daddy or hip mama and you want your baby to sport your same funky fashion sense. But there's one problem: Funky baby clothes often don't come cheap. Fortunately, there are...

Crib Bedding on a Budget

Making smart choices will keep you within your crib bedding budget. Credit: Corbis
Having a baby is expensive -- furniture, car seats and strollers, not to mention doctor bills, diapers and other essentials. But one place you can save some...

Baby Crib Bedding Sets on a Budget

You've got the crib, now you need the bedding. Credit: Getty
Having a baby is a wonderful excuse to shop for pretty things, but it can get expensive. Creating the perfect nursery often begins with baby crib bedding sets, which set the tone fo...

The Cost of Raising a Child in 2010

Child care costs can top $200,000 over a lifetime. Credit: sleepyneko, Flickr
Before you forge ahead with your family planning, you might want to take note that the U.S. Department of Agriculture estimates the lifetime cost of raising a child is ...

The New Home Economics - Moms Who Swap, Sell and Save Online

Our family vacation ended last Friday with a fabulous whitewater rafting trip on the Colorado River, and we didn't spend a dime. How? Our son John, founder of Sticker Universe, created signs and banners for Lakota Guides in exchange for rafting and...

Just Say Yes to Cutting Your Parenting Budget

Money-Saving Tips
Rent Your Kids Out "We're not sure if we're ready to have kids," your childless friends say. Budget-minded parents recognize an opportunity when they see one. Take advantage of the free babysitting by "letting" ...

5 Questions for Short Order Mom

Anne Coleman started her food blog Cooking With Anne so that family recipes wouldn't get lost in the shuffle. And there's a lot of shuffle in her Bethlehem, PA, home with seven kids, ranging in age from one to 19. But her no-nonsense, kid-pleasing re...

Detroit School Asks Parents to Donate Toilet Paper

It's not unusual for teachers to ask parents to send in items that make the classroom run more smoothly -- Kleenex, for example, disinfecting wipes, or hand sanitizer. But a Detroit elementary school's recent requests are far more basic ... and alarm...

Single Dads, Four-Named Babies, and Kate Hudson - Links we Love

If you're a single dad who's dating, when do you tell potential love interests about your kids? Lemondrop readers chime in, and most of them say to speak up about fatherhood sooner than later. -- Lemondrop Here's a great idea for storing all those...

New Year's Resolutions, Bedtime Stories, and Ingo Rademacher - Links we Love

If your New Year's resolutions include cutting costs this year, here's how to save $100 a month ... painlessly. -- AlphaMom Speaking of saving money -- Here's Kate Gosselin talking about how she juggles the family budget. -- AlphaMom On the oth...

KB Toys Files for Bankruptcy

A toy store declaring bankruptcy just two weeks before Christmas? I only wish it was a sign that Santa was assigning the elves too much overtime. Instead, when KB Toys declared bankruptcy last Thursday, it was a clear signal that people just aren't ...

DailyDish - The Recession-Proof Advent Countdown

Looking for a fun and inexpensive way to countdown to Christmas? Try this....

Celebrity Baby Names and Thanksgiving Goodness - Links We Love

Have to hide your camera from your kids? Give them their own this year, but check out these reviews first. -- AlphaMom Are you still recovering from a Thanksgiving spent with family? Read Kevin Keck's meditation on the generation gap. Do we ever a...

The Great Thanksgiving Staycation - Five Family Outings

Our Thanksgiving celebration this year involves just a short day trip, which leaves a nice, long, leisurely weekend to be enjoyed at home. Our lives are so busy during the week, I look forward to these bigger chunks of unscheduled time to decompress...

Teacher Sells Advertising on Tests

While many of us have just recently started feeling the pinch of these tough tough economic times, teachers have been feeling it for some time. Slashed budgets and increased class sizes have many educators struggling to make ends meet in the classroo...

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