5 Smart Money Moves Your Kids Can Make Over Summer Vacation

July 26, 2018

Summer vacation when you’re a kid means endless days of bike riding, swimming, playing video games, and fighting over who gets the last purple Popsicle in the freezer. It’s not nearly as idyllic for Mom and Dad. Not only do parents need to line up (and pay for) alternate child care for the kids during the summer months, but they also have to worry about Junior and Sis spending their…


9 Essential Personal Finance Skills to Teach Your Kid Before They Move Out

July 18, 2018

Your child is on the verge of moving out and living on their own. Are they prepared? Arming them with the right personal finance knowledge will give them a strong foundation to go and achieve many of their life goals. If their understanding of personal finance is lacking, they could begin their independent life on the wrong foot (and they may even come back home). Consider these ways that you…


How to Prepare for Unpaid Maternity Leave

July 12, 2018

Back in 2008, when my husband and I were newlyweds just starting to think about having children, I was still working as a high school English teacher. Another teacher in my department had a baby that year, and I was horrified to discover that our school district did not offer paid maternity leave. Instead, my friend had to save up all her sick days and personal days to equal the…


Does Your Teenager Really Need a Credit Card?

July 3, 2018

Giving your teenager a credit card may seem like a scary proposition, but it could be the safest way to teach them about credit. Credit expert John Ulzheimer says it’s just like teaching your teenager how to operate a car, but in a controlled environment. “Nobody would just let a teen hop in a car and drive,” says Ulzheimer, who formerly worked with Equifax and FICO. “And nobody should just…


28 Free Ways to Entertain Your Kids This Summer

June 14, 2018

Making memories with your kids this summer doesn’t have to drain your bank account. Your children just want to enjoy time together, and there are plenty of ways to do that on a budget. Here are 28 free ways you can have a blast with them. 1. Head to the library The library is a great resource for free books, and you can make your trip even more enjoyable by…