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Teaching kids the value of money

I ran across this posting the other day about teaching kids what money is all about. I rather like the idea presented -- giving kids control over a part of the family budget that they care about. The example was McDonald's and video games, set at $20...

Safe toys for all ages

We are all aware that toys are a big part of childhood, but we rarely expect a child's toys to cause injury. However, there are risks and they are real. About 72,000 children younger than 5 went to hospital emergency rooms in 2002 for toy-related inj...

Is there such a thing as coupons for healthy food?

Like many of you, I try to save money when I grocery shop. I clip coupons, buy sale items, try to avoid buying lots of processed foods, choose bulk foods, and, in general, I try to feed my family as healthfully and economically as I can. Like many of...

Adventures in parenting: thrift store queen falls in love with Hanna Andersson

I love shopping at thrift stores, and go ultra-thrift in Portland by shopping at the so-called Bins - the Goodwill outlets. It's so thrift, that Goodwill won't even take it. I sort through piles and piles of clothes all kinds until I find the adorabl...

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