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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...

Time Management Myths

Years after I quit believing in Santa Claus and cellulite creams, I still clung to belief that living a "balanced" life was possible. In my mind I envisioned a slender, married mother of three who had mastered the time-management system that...

Is Your Child Safe? Take This Quiz to Find Out

June is National Safety Month, Mom. Are your children safe? Although you can't control everything that happens, there are lots of things you can do to prepare your children for emergency and make your home and yard safe for play this summer. Take...

Summer Survival Strategies

Summer months are ripe with opportunity to help your kids grow in important ways and make positive memories that will last a lifetime, but there's also plenty of potential for overspending and aggravation. You can make this your family's best summer...

Leverage Mother's Day for a Valuable Gift (That Costs Nothing)

Right about now your husband and children may be waking up to the fact that Sunday is Mother's Day, and they're kicking themselves because they've (once again) waited to think about how to make the day special for you. Across the country, family...

Great Gifts that Won't Bust Your Budget

May calendars should come with a warning message, something like, Caution! Overspending Potential: High. It's snow-cone season at the ball field. Kids need extra money for end-of-school parties. And, in addition to the usual lot of birthday and baby...

Married to Your Economic Opposite?

Early in our marriage my husband and I realized we were economic opposites. I was reared in an upper-middle class world where in the summers all parents enrolled their four-year-olds in private swimming lessons, children got braces when their adult...

Expensive Mistakes You Don't Want to Make

Every family I know is trying to whittle dollars from monthly expenses. But attempts to be thrifty can sometimes backfire, as many moms -- including this one -- will testify. In more than a few recent e-mails, moms have confessed to diving headfirst...

Moms Making Money from Home

As the economy continues to drag, a lot of moms are creating their own family bailout plans by launching home-based businesses. If you're looking to join the ranks of the "momtrepreneurs" – moms who work from home while taking care of family...

Great Birthday Parties for Next to Nothing

When it comes to birthday parties, moms are finding that a little creativity goes a long way toward cutting costs and making great memories for their children. Take Anne Beller, a Dallas mother of four, for example. She actually turned a profit on...

Your Own Victory Garden

When it comes to getting things to grow, my thumb's not the greenest one out there. Many plants have died under my oversight. But one summer it happened: I got the hang of gardening, and the zucchini multiplied like rabbits. Relishing my victory, I...

Multitasking is Not All Bad

Some people don't believe in multitasking. Maybe they've read that doing more than one thing at a time is too taxing on our brains. Or maybe they're reacting because they wore themselves out trying to do two things at once -- and trying to give both...

Money Management for Kids

Imagine the U.S. without a constitution or a corporation without a business plan: that's your family without a financial policy that reflects your values about money and possessions. If you want your kids to grow up with a healthy respect for...

Grocery Shopping Savvy - Little Ways to Save Big

My grocery-shopping strategy is pretty simple: plan menus, stick to a list and shop on Tuesday mornings. Fewer people shop on Tuesdays (shorter lines) and the food is usually fresher. Shelves get restocked with fresh goods on Mondays after weekend...

Making Sick Days Better

It happens to every mom. On the day you're giving a presentation or attending an important event, your child says, Mommy, my tummy feels funny. One memorable morning I was dressing for a meeting when first-grader James announced that he was...

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