Meet Lucy Boudreaux, the queen of social media. She has a personal website at Lucyboudreaux.com, is @lucyboudreaux on Twitter, and has her own Gmail address, as well as an active Facebook page.
Lucy Boudreaux is eight months old.
Beth Kobliner is a personal finance commentator and journalist, and the author of the New York Times bestseller GET A FINANCIAL LIFE®: Personal Finance in Your Twenties and Thirties. She was appointed by President Obama to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Capability, a bipartisan committee charged with tackling the problem of financial illiteracy in our country. The opinions expressed here are her own.
As an Ameriprise financial adviser with three school-aged children and two pre-schoolers, Ginger Ewing knows a thing or two about kids and money. She instructs her wee ones on the principles of saving with a cash allowance. Her 8-year-old recently got a crash course on the family’s $700 December utility bill. But Ewing’s brood may be an anomaly.
Ideally, life-altering events and financial milestones don’t fall on the same day. Not the case for Laurie Belew, who closed on a house the same day she and her husband found out they were pregnant with their first child. Now, expecting their second, Belew is facing another round of twin financial hurdles.
Bethe Halpern and her husband Ted tried to have a baby for nearly a year before turning to fertility treatments in hopes of conceiving. Two doctors, five rounds of IVF and close to $50,000 later, they were exhausted – and still without a child. “We were held hostage for three years of treatments,” says Ted. “When do you find time to plan a vacation and live your life?”