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Top five excuses for spending money when you really shouldn’t

We’ve all been there. It’s Friday night and you’ve just gotten home from a horrible, traffic-filled commute after a dreadful, long week of work. The house is trashed, the kids… Click to Continue »

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Tuition hikes squeeze middle-class students

For the next three months, many college students will furiously work one job – perhaps two – to save the money they’ll need to get through the next nine months… Click to Continue »

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75% off Baby & Kids Clothes @ Local Thrift Store

So kids clothes and styling my kids is sort of “my thing” or something I enjoy. In fact I adore fancy name brand kid clothes. I just don’t enjoy the price tag, especially since they grow so fast and are out of these clothes before you know it! Above is a photo of my daughter’s […]

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Single mom money secrets: You’re not a poor parent just because you’re on your own

It’s a cliche, but cliches are cliches for a reason: Single moms are poorer than married moms. I know this for a fact. I know because I’ve been a single mom for three years. I also know because I blog about personal finance and single parents at Wealthy Single Mommy ( http://www.wealthysinglemommy.com ). The fact […]

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Save Money at Local Spring Kid Consignment Sales

I’m always trying to find ways to save money especially when it comes to my kids and this is one of my best mom money saving tips….Shop and consign at kid seasonal sales! Our little ones only use baby and kid items for a short time so this seasonal exchange of toys, clothes, furniture, and […]

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Lessons from the Lemonade Stand: New Year goals and mentorship

Each New Year presents goals we set to attain greater success. Business success is one of the most common goals set by adults each year, but thousands of youth entrepreneurs set these same business goals for themselves, only to find there is no support to help their small business dreams become realized. America’s youth are […]

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Parents work to deal with holiday expectation

A new car, iPad, iPod and a ping pong table are the big-ticket items that top Tamara O’Shaughnessy’s kids’ Christmas wish lists this year. But O’Shaughnessy said that’s all they are: wishes. With her husband out of work for more than two years and a tight family budget, O’Shaughnessy said her 10, 13 and 17-year-olds […]

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The Parent ‘Hood: Cash-only gifts?

Your ‘tween daughter only wants cash for her holiday gifts. Should you oblige? Parent advice (from our panel of staff contributors): Sure. Why not? If she loves to shop, which clearly she does, this is the best present you can give. Deliver the cash in a cute card or even in a medicine bottle with […]

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The high cost of raising kids: It’s a struggle for balance in the mad dance of jobs and child care, homework and Little League

Ann Flickinger lifts her daughter, Ellie, at the playground. After being let go from her job in December, Flickinger decided to stay at home to care full time for her daughter. Mary Flett is fretting. She’s several minutes late. At home, the baby-sitter waits. Her mind is piling up with tasks. She’s stuck in traffic […]

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Average prom cost tops $1,000 per teen

High unemployment, soaring gas prices and mortgage crisis be hanged: Americans are spending more than ever on the really important things, like the high school prom. A new survey from Visa Inc. shows that the average American family with teenagers plans to spend $1,078 – that’s for each child – on the prom, a 33.6 […]

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