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Back-to-school spending tests your wallet and your patience

September 6, 2011

A child watches from a school bus in New York January 6, 2011. REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton Remember when you could outfit a kid with roughly $20 in school supplies? Now there’s a lesson in ancient history, folks.

Should you invest in your kid’s digital footprint?

May 31, 2011

Meet Lucy Boudreaux, the queen of social media. She has a personal website at, is @lucyboudreaux on Twitter, and has her own Gmail address, as well as an active Facebook page.
Lucy Boudreaux is eight months old.

Developing children charity champions

May 30, 2011

Developing our children into charity champions isn’t rocket science. What it takes is a decision, direction and discipline.

When teaching kids about money, it’s not math — it’s values

April 22, 2011

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.

How to avoid boomerang kids

April 4, 2011

Attention blissful empty-nestersA student yawns during the "Fundamentals of Algebra" class, which is held from 11:45pm to 2:30am, at Bunker Hill Community College in Boston, Massachusetts September 8, 2010. REUTERS/Brian Snyder  : there’s a good chance your college graduates will be moving back home.

Lights, Camera, Save! Money lessons for kids

March 18, 2011

A piggy bank is seen in this file photo. REUTERS/Jill KitchenerIt is never too early to start teaching kids about the importance of saving money. But sometimes that process can be dull. So what about creating a money lesson that is fun and still inspires kids to save money rather than spend it?

Teen checking accounts: Tools to help kids manage cash

January 19, 2011

Ginger Ewing is pictured in this undated handout photo. REUTERS/HandoutAs 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.

5 ways to get your budget ready for baby

January 7, 2011

A woman holds her stomach at the last stages of her pregnancy in Bordeaux April 28, 2010. REUTERS/Regis Duvignau 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.

How many kids are too many?

December 31, 2010

Newborn quadruplets delivered by caesarean section lie in a cart at a hospital in Hefei, Anhui province July 28, 2010.  REUTERS/StringerCarl Friedrich and his wife were perfectly happy – and busy – running a wealth management practice with a bustling household of four daughters. Then a bouncing baby boy arrived.

Financing fertility: The high cost of bringing home baby

December 27, 2010

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?”