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Oct 21, 2014

What Minecraft is teaching your kids about money

NEW YORK, Oct 21 (Reuters) – If your kids are chattering
non-stop about things like emeralds, pickaxes and creepers, you
may have a unique opportunity to turn a video game addiction
into a life lesson about money.

Minecraft, a video game phenomenon with over 100 million
users, is such a hot property that Microsoft Corp
recently forked out $2.5 billion for its maker, Mojang AB.

Oct 15, 2014

How to avoid expense-report hell

NEW YORK, Oct 15 (Reuters) – If work hell exists, then
Amanda Larrinaga experienced something like it a couple of years

The start-up consultant from Missoula, Montana, was staring
at a gigantic stack of nine months’ worth of receipts.

Oct 9, 2014

Food fights: Keeping that grocery bill trim

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It was a revelation for Vanessa Ali when she took her boyfriend Kevin Tomas food shopping for the first time. He took one look at the prices and told her to put everything back.

“I don’t think he realized how much food costs,” said Ali, 29, a communications manager at BMO Financial Corp [BMOHF.UL] in Toronto.

Oct 6, 2014

The next big crisis? Jim Rickards on financial panics

6 (Reuters) – Ever wondered when the next
financial crisis will be? Possibly in just a couple of years
with the “coming collapse of the international monetary system.”

That is the not-so-subtle subtitle of Jim Rickards’
bestselling book, “The Death of Money”. As you might gather, the
portfolio manager at investment-management firm West Shore Group
doesn’t foresee a smooth ride ahead for investors. Think 2008,
but worse.

Oct 3, 2014

Entry-level punch lines: Comedians’ first jobs

NEW YORK, Oct 3 (Reuters) – If there’s anything this crazy
world needs right now, it’s more laughs.

In Reuters’ latest installment of our First Jobs series,
where we talk to prominent American achievers about the early
gigs that set them on the path to success, we spoke to a few of
the country’s top comedians.

Sep 25, 2014

Don’t let fantasy football foul the family finances

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Allison Lodish used to be a huge football fan.

Her affection for the game evaporated when her husband got fixated on fantasy football, a leisure pursuit where participants draft their own dream teams and compete against each other, based on how those players fare.

Before she knew it, he was in three leagues of fantasy football. Then, it became 10.

Sep 12, 2014

Want to save big money? Consider the no-booze budget

NEW YORK, Sept 12 (Reuters) – Would you give up alcohol to
help balance the family budget?

I posed that very question on social media recently. These
were some of the answers I got:

Sep 9, 2014

Single moms by choice: Making the finances work

NEW YORK, Sept 9 (Reuters) – Monica Kipiniak doesn’t think
of herself as a statistic. She just thinks of herself as a
doting mom.

The 46-year-old attorney from Brooklyn, New York is indeed
part of a societal trend: Single women by choice having kids
past the age of 40.

Aug 25, 2014

What your college kid isn’t telling you about money

NEW YORK (Reuters) – It is an American rite of passage. Little Johnny finally grows up, goes off to college, and starts handling money on his own. He probably spends a little too much, and racks up some debt.

Does Johnny tell mom and dad the truth – or keep it a secret?

More than half of college students (55 percent) admit they hide information from dear old mom and dad about all that money they are spending, according to the 2014 RBC Student Finances Poll. But only 33 percent of parents realize that’s the case.

Aug 1, 2014

Jason Mraz’s first summer job? Sweaty, hard work

NEW YORK (Reuters) – Summer jobs: The very mention brings up memories of low pay, long hours and sweaty, clueless teenagers who don’t really know what they’re doing.

Memories like that are still vivid for some of the nation’s greatest achievers. Since last August, Reuters has been gathering the first-job stories of successful Americans, including sports legends, business titans and media superstars.

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      "Chris Taylor is an award-winning freelance writer in New York City. A former senior writer with SmartMoney, the Wall Street Journal's personal-finance magazine, he has been published in the Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek,, Fortune, Money, and more. He has won journalism awards from the National Press Club, the Deadline Club, and the National Association of Real Estate Editors. The opinions expressed are his own."
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