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Use Recession to Teach Kids Sensible Spending

Are you promoting good money habits? Credit: Guru family, Flickr Just like corporations are using the recession to restructure, you can use it to teach kids that money doesn't grow on trees. Most forecasts say the economy will limp along thi...

Parents Slow to Cut Spending on Kids

The recession hasn't curbed parents' spending on their kids. Credit: boopsie.daisy, Flickr
Parents trying to weather the recession are cutting back on their own vices, such as alcohol and tobacco, but they aren't willing to spend less on their ki...

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...

Economy Hurting Moms More than Dads this Holiday Season?

As we all know, times are tough this holiday season. People are spending less on everything, including presents. Many parents will no doubt fore go something special for themselves in order to provide for their children. More often than not, accordi...

Recession-resistant kids

Like many of you, I have become much more conscious of how much money I am spending these days. I am economizing everywhere I can - eating leftovers until they are gone, setting the thermostat just a little bit lower and flipping light switches off i...

The return of the layaway purchase

Back in the day, before we all went crazy with our credit cards, there was another popular way of buying something you couldn't afford. It was called a layaway and it was a very good thing. For those of you unfamiliar with the layaway process, let m...

Kids are expensive - So what are you doing differently?

If you had a kid in 2007, you'll spend approximately $204,060 over the course of the next 18 years on the care and feeding of that baby. I know! And that's only for ONE kid. Got two? Make that $408,120. And have you heard? Three is the new two -- I d...

Halloween means business

Sure, the economy is going down the drain and everyone is nervously checking the news to see if their bank is still in business, but that doesn't mean parents aren't going to be dressing their little ones up as pirates and princesses this Halloween. ...

Compulsive shopping damages relationships

Money is a hot-button issue in many relationships, and when one spouse is more dedicated to the mall than their marriage it can spell disaster. Being married to an over-spender can result in debt and divorce, according to psychologists. And don't ...

Moms making more family decisions

I guess my husband and I are old-fashioned. A recent survey found that men -- long thought to be in charge of the remote control -- are starting to hand control of the TV over to women. But at our house, unless it's Thursday night, our clicker has hi...

British mums overspend on baby to impress each other

Like the US, Great Britain is in the midst of a credit crunch. But that's not stopping new moms from overspending on baby gear. According to a poll conducted by The Baby Website, Britain's "Yummy Mummies" are overspending their baby budgets by more t...

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...

Mother's Day spending on the decline

For the first time in the five years that anyone has been keeping track, Mother's Day spending is expected to drop. Consumers last year spent an average of $139.14, while the average this year is expected to be $138.63. That's a 51 cent difference fo...

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...

Dad gets vasectomy for iPhone

As you may have noticed, everyone on the planet is obsessing over the new iPhone. And today, in a hysterical post on Gizmodo, we learn that one man was apparently such a fan that he was willing to undergo a vasectomy just to get his hands on one. It'...

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