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Parents’ attitudes toward money and kids

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

As parents, we pick up a fair amount of information from other parents. There’s some good advice, some bad advice, and then there are opinion surveys.
Even though I tend to second-guess the way some of the questions are phrased, I like opinion surveys because they are a window into what large numbers of other people are [...]

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Published on April 14th, 2014
Modified on April 11th, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Planning, Saving & Investing
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How to rear money-smart kids

Written by Suba Iyer - 3 Comments

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau estimated, in 2013, that outstanding student loans have swelled to over $1.2 trillion. Seven in ten college seniors who graduated in 2012 had student loan debt, at an average of $29,400. Scary! It is extremely important for kids to have a good handle on personal finance before they enter college. Personal [...]

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Published on April 7th, 2014
Modified on March 31st, 2014 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Education, Family & Life
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How to save money on road trips

Written by Suba Iyer - One Comment

It is time to plan summer vacations. If you are planning to fly to your destination, now is the best time to start setting up price alerts for the plane tickets and signing up for credit cards if you want to use the miles and perks that come with carrying a particular airline card. With an [...]

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Published on March 10th, 2014
Modified on March 7th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Automotive, Consumer, Family & Life, Frugality, Planning, Travel
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Which fitness band is best for you?

Written by FCN Staff - 4 Comments

This post comes from Stephanie Koske at our partner site Zing.
I find myself face to face with all sorts of life-changing decisions these days.
Hit the snooze button? Or rise early for a morning workout?
Hop in the elevator? Or take the stairs?
Binge-watch “Breaking Bad” on Netflix until the crack of dawn? Or hit the hay before 10:00 [...]

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Published on March 7th, 2014
Modified on February 7th, 2014 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life
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How to keep your pets safe this winter

Written by FCN Staff - One Comment

This post comes from Halina Matt at our partner site Zing.
If you live in these United States, then you’re painfully aware that so far, this has been one of the coldest winters ever on record. Well, technically I’m not sure if it’s the coldest on record, but man, it sure feels that way, doesn’t it? [...]

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Published on February 14th, 2014
Modified on February 7th, 2014 - One Comment
Filed under: Family & Life
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To love, cherish and argue about money

Written by Jeffrey Steele - 2 Comments

In the 1960s-era suburban landscape where I spent my formative years, the atmosphere was much less structured than it is today. If we kids wanted to see our friends, it was routine for us to run to their homes, open the back screen doors and stroll right in.
But if their parents were fighting, as wasn’t [...]

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Published on February 12th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Retirement
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Financial to dos before you say “I do”

Written by Suba Iyer - 2 Comments

Money is a sensitive topic — even between loved ones. When my husband and I got married, money was the last thing on our mind. The only knowledge we had of each other’s finances was that neither of us had any debt, both of us had some savings. My husband didn’t even know my salary. Knowing [...]

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Published on February 10th, 2014
Modified on February 7th, 2014 - 2 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Saving & Investing
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Lack of sleep costing you a fortune?

Written by Suba Iyer - 6 Comments

A sleep-deprived, bleary-eyed look is practically a rite of passage for most new parents. I knew I wouldn’t get much sleep for the first few months, so I planned for it. I finished all my assignments ahead of schedule, and arranged for help with household chores. I was prepared for my sleepless nights — at least [...]

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Published on February 3rd, 2014
Modified on February 1st, 2014 - 6 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Productivity, Working
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Why New Year’s resolutions fail and what to do differently next year

Written by Suba Iyer - 4 Comments

Have you started thinking about New Year’s resolutions? Do you want to lose weight in 2014, save more money or spend more time with family? I know I do. And research shows that roughly half of all Americans are hoping to do the same. Still, of those who resolve to make it happen, only a tiny percentage [...]

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Published on December 16th, 2013
Modified on December 12th, 2013 - 4 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life
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Why I think of money at Thanksgiving

Written by Richard Barrington - 3 Comments

Don’t worry — this article isn’t going to be as cynical as that title may sound. I don’t even think my sentiments are especially materialistic. However, I do think handling money the right way is one of the most important things one can do for one’s family, and thinking of it that way sets me [...]

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Published on November 11th, 2013
Modified on November 9th, 2013 - 3 Comments
Filed under: Family & Life, Planning, Retirement
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