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Why It’s So Difficult to Raise Kids and Save for Retirement

My youngest daughter was born 21 years ago. At the time, I called an economist named Mark Lino from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, who told me to expect to spend as much as $300,000 to get her to age 18; toss in college costs, and it was...

The Cost of Raising a Second Kid

It’s a fair bet that Prince William and Kate Middleton aren’t sweating the financials when it comes to having a second child. (Yes, the royal couple is expecting once again.) But as for the rest of us? Well, that’s another story. The government...

Back-to-School Savings Tips You Can Use All Year

For parents, the beginning of a new school year requires more than just getting children back on a regular schedule and helping out with homework. It requires money — often lots of it. The average family with grade-school children will spend...

How to Score the Best Back-to-School Deals

Parents, prepare to fork over more cash for school supplies this year than last. And if you’re set on shopping at certain stores, you may pay even more. According to data from the National Retail Federation, the average family with children in...

The Cost of Conceiving on Your Own

Maybe the dating-marriage-kids plan didn’t work out as you’d expected — or maybe going solo was part of your plan all along. Whatever the reason, if you’re considering having a baby on your own, you’re in good company. According to the Center for...

Calculating the Value of a Stay-at-Home Parent

Money is simply a stand-in for what we value. We earn money in exchange for value we provide. It’s a simple equation. But what about the value we provide that we don’t get paid for? One of the most common, and trickiest, places this question shows...

The Best Way to Teach Your Kids About Money

When I talk to people about why they do the things they do, especially when the things they do are hard like working a lot of hours or building a business, I often hear the same answer:  I’m doing this to give my kids a better future. It’s...

Why Stay-at-Home Parenting Just Isn’t Worth It

With just three months left until we welcome our first child, my husband and I have naturally been discussing how to best manage our future family, in terms of child care. As the breadwinner in my marriage, I’ve pondered what life might be like...

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