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Archive for the ‘Family & Life’ Category

When Taking Vows, Vow to Spend Less

Written by Jeffrey Steele - One Comment

Talk to anyone 19 to 90, and they’re likely to have very clear memories of their first experience going steady. Mine came at the decidedly ancient age of 17, and I can recall that star-crossed life chapter like it happened last week.
My perky, mahogany-haired, 16-year-old inamorata and I didn’t have much in common other than [...]

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Published on October 22nd, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life, Frugality, House & Home
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Top 10 Money Mistakes New Parents Make

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

Having a child is an exciting and exhausting experience. The feeling of holding your newborn in your arms cannot be described in words. Along with this exhilarating feeling, though, comes sleep deprivation, hectic schedules and the determination to provide nothing but the best for your precious little one. Even with the best intentions, it is [...]

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Published on October 20th, 2014
Modified on October 24th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life, Insurance, Planning, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Planning a fun, frugal Halloween

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

Tis’ time for the spookiest holiday of the year and a record number of Americans are planning to participate in the scare festival. According to the National Retail Federation, more than two-thirds (67.4 percent) of celebrants will buy Halloween costumes for the holiday, the most in the survey’s 11-year history. The average person will spend $77.52 [...]

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Published on October 6th, 2014
Modified on October 3rd, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality
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Are Your Adult Children Destroying Your Retirement?

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I can still remember the days when the term “generation gap” was all the rage. Back in the late 1960s and early 1970s, that term was bandied about to describe the yawning philosophical chasm between Baby Boomers and their parents on topics as diverse as the Vietnam War, the length of one’s hair, and different [...]

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Moving ASAP? Follow These Steps!

Written by FCN Staff - 2 Comments

This post comes from Anthony Fontana at our partner site Zing!
Is there anything worse than moving? Before you call me lazy, I’m not talking about moving from the couch to the refrigerator for a beverage. I’m talking about moving from one home to another. It’s a pain, right? Not only do you have to find a new [...]

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Published on August 29th, 2014
Modified on August 8th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, House & Home, Planning, Real Estate, Working
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I Was the Victim of a Financial Bully

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 3 Comments

These days, there’s a lot of attention being focused on the subject of bullying. This emphasis is well justified. The whole bullying experience tends to be destructive and wreak long-term consequences. As one who was, at times, both bullied and a bully as a kid, I can testify that while I have almost repressed the [...]

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Published on August 27th, 2014
Modified on August 26th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life
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Tips to Save Money on Back-to-School Shopping

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

According to the National Retail Foundation’s 2014 Back-to-School Survey, the average family with children in grades K-12 will spend $669.28 on apparel, shoes, supplies and electronics. It is even higher for college students. It is about this time that parents start eyeing ads for back-to-school shopping. Here are some tips to help you save this year.
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Published on August 11th, 2014
Modified on August 3rd, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality, Planning
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Silence Not Golden in Intergenerational Family Finance

Written by Jeffrey Steele - One Comment

The last time I ran into one of my favorite cousins, the conversation soon turned to which far-flung family members she had recently heard from. She divulged she hadn’t yet heard from my youngest cousin, her younger brother, about his recent trip to Southwest Michigan. That was not new, as she’d called another of my [...]

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Published on July 16th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life, Insurance, Retirement, Saving & Investing
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Must-Have Websites and Apps for Parents

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This post comes from Dawn Jamison at our partner site Zing!
One of the most exciting things about being a new parent is learning about all of the wonderful toys and technologies that exist for kids! The apps and websites my friends have told me about have truly been lifesavers. I don’t know what I would [...]

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Published on June 27th, 2014 - Leave a Comment
Filed under: Family & Life
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Overwhelmed at Work and Home? You May Be Living on ‘Contaminated Time’

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This post comes from Colleen Oakley at our partner site LearnVest.

“There just aren’t enough hours in the day.”
“I’m crazy busy.”
“My to-do list is a mile long.”
If you’re like most Americans, you likely say one (or all) of the above statements on a regular basis.
A few years ago Brigid Schulte—a journalist for The Washington Post [...]

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Published on June 6th, 2014
Modified on May 30th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life, Productivity, Self Employment, Uncategorized
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