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4 Ways to Save Money on Braces and Orthodontics

4 Ways to Save Money on Braces and Orthodontics

My children are “blessed” with big teeth and small mouths. Their teeth are healthy and strong and seemingly resistant to cavities, which is good. But their teeth are way too big to fit into their small […]

Teaching Your Child the Value of Patience when Spending Money

For a couple of months, my 10-year-old son has been saving his allowance, and the money he earns doing other things, up for a specific Lego set extension. (Before he can save up for those types […]

Do You Share Financial Information with Your Family?

Do You Share Financial Information with Your Family?

The personal finance blogosphere has a history of sharing information about finances. This includes information about net worth, as well as sources of income and regular expenses. I’ve never got too into the practice of sharing […]

Keeping Your Family Peace After Your Death

Keeping Your Family Peace After Your Death

You hear about it all the time. A family patriarch passes away, and the man’s children suddenly begin arguing about how to handle the estate. Who inherits what? Is the executor of the will really doing […]

Productivity Tips and Tools for Stay at Home Moms

Productivity Tips and Tools for Stay at Home Moms

Many years ago, before I quit my job to become a stay at home mom to my first child, I had visions of leisurely days at home. Sure, I’d spend a little time cleaning the house, […]

5 Mistakes to Avoid When Helping Your Elderly Parents with Finances

My parents aren’t exactly elderly yet, so I’m not terribly worried about how they’re doing with money. However, before my grandfather died I saw what an impact his diminishing judgment had on my parents, and I […]

7 Helpful Tips for College Freshman

7 Helpful Tips for College Freshman

Right now, thousands of almost-freshmen are preparing to attend college. While it is is tempting to buy a bunch of decor and try to spruce things up in your dorm room or apartment, it might not […]

Your Child is Graduating. Are You Ready to Let Go?

It’s that time of year when all of the senior high school students just graduated, or are about to go through their graduation. As parents this can either be extremely easy on you, or incredibly difficult.  […]

7 Alternatives to the Traditional Four Year College

7 Alternatives to the Traditional Four Year College

As my oldest child starts high school this year, I find myself thinking more and more about what her life will look like after she graduates. Of course she will have a big say in what […]

Things to Do After the Birth or Adoption of a Child

Adding a new child to the family is an exciting time. Since finalizing our adoption last week, our lives have been filled with congratulatory phone calls, celebrations, and a general merry atmosphere. We were so focused […]

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