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Mom Dances Topless to Pay Mortgage

Desperate times call for desperate measures and many of us have had to make sacrifices in order to make ends meet these days. But what happens when cutting back doesn't cut it? When you've given up all you can and yet still can't pay the bills? T...

Being Popular in School Pays Off

Have you ever wondered how the popular kids you went to school with fared later on in life? Did their natural ability to win friends and influence people lead to financial success in adulthood? Or did they end up flipping burgers for minimum wage whi...

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 mon...

11-Year-Old $11K Richer After Selling Happy Meals Collection

You know all those annoying little toys that come with Happy Meals at McDonald's? If you're like me, you've probably got some rolling around under the seat of your car right now. Before you fish them out and toss them, you might want to reconsider. A...

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 p...

Summer Camp - Are You Afraid to Spend the Money?

With the Dow falling faster than Joaquin Phoenix's asking price for a film, many parents are cutting back on unnecessary expenses. And it's not just new video games or fancy sneakers. Summer camp is on the chopping block. While day or sleep-away c...

Barack Obama Cheaps Out on Daughters' Allowance

There are a few different schools of thought when it comes to giving children an allowance. Barack and Michelle Obama have a slightly different take. Some parents feel that giving kids a little spending money of their own, say $10 per week, will t...

How to Talk to Kids About the Economy

My princess loving three-year-old only recently learned that Disney World is an actual destination. "You can GO there?" she asked me incredulously ... and maybe just a little accusingly too, as in then why haven't you taken me there yet? I would love...

Wondertime - Disney Stops the Presses

Got a subscription to Wondertime, the feel-good magazine for parents of kids under 6? Enjoy your next issue, because it'll be the last. Disney shut down the magazine this week, citing -- what else? -- tough economic times. Wondertime was the only ...

Family Sells Everything on eBay to Pay Medical Bills

A Georgia family placed all their worldly goods up for auction on eBay after medical bills for their two sons drained their finances. Gregg and Brittiny Peters have three children, two of whom have severe medical issues: one has Stills Disease, an au...

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...

Kid-Friendly Charities to Encourage Your Children to Give

When we started giving my 5-year-old daughter an allowance a few months back, we gave her three choices. She could take her five $1 bills and either put them into her piggy bank to save, a special jar to give away, or in her little princess purse to...

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...

Reborn Dolls - Just Like Having a Real Baby?

Remember in high school sex ed class when you had to take care of an egg? The experience was supposed to give you a little taste of what parenthood was like, as you tried to keep the egg from getting lost or broken. Now that I'm a parent I can say th...

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 ...

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