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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" ...

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...

Raising financially savvy children

Despite growing up in an accounting office, I never really learned about money as a kid -- I learned the hard way later on. First, it was a department store credit card, followed by an American Express card. That made it easy to buy expensive gifts a...

Saving money online and off

Kids are expensive. Damned expensive. If I didn't have kids, I could easily afford a vacation home on the Russian River and probably a whole stable of Land Rovers. Of course, then, I wouldn't have the joys of midnight diaper changes and being an unpa...

Investing for teens

Here are some tips on how to teach your kids how and, perhaps more importantly, why they should begin investing for the future. This is, of course, an important skill to learn, should they ever want to own a home or retire or pretty much anything lik...

Money lessons

Growing up, we never had much money. Allowance was something my parents were okay with in theory, but in practice it was something we rarely saw. So I never really learned much about handling money until I was an adult. I'm still not what you'd call ...

Living frugally -- cutting food costs

We definitely do not live frugally; we actually live rather extravagantly, eating out several times a week, buying the kids all new toys and clothes, and, admittedly, buying me more toys than I really, honestly, need. And yet, the reality of having c...

Money tips for preschoolers

Yep, that's right--tips for children who aren't even in kindergarten. Turns out, as we all suspected anyway, that kids are learning about the basics of money earlier and earlier. According to this great article by my personal financial guru Liz Pul...

Paying for your kids...forever

How long before you'll be financially independent of your kids? When they finish high school? College? A recent poll found that most parents currently in their twenties think they'll be done supporting their kids by the time they (the parents) are 50...

Giving kids financial gifts

Are you tired of your kids asking for money or toys? Have you told them more than once that it's time they got a job, even though they're not even in kindergarten yet? Well, CNN Money has some ideas for you. They've put together a list of "five gifts...

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...

V Smile Cartridges on sale

Did your child get a V Smile game system for the holidays? Already bored with the original game? Toys R Us at Amazon.com is having a Buy One, Get one Free sale on all V Smile cartridges. Put the cartridges in your cart and enter code RTHVSMLESMRT at...

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