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Coping with Teacher Gift Guilt

Last year Amanda and I fretted over Camp Gap—the stressful break between school and camp. Today it’s the end-of-year teacher gift debacle.   Amanda contributed cash to her preschool kids’ class gifts—but then saw other parents showing up with...

Should You Give Your Grad an Allowance?

Put yourself in the recent grad’s ballet flats: You’re 22, living with your parents after four years of freedom, stuck watching golf with Dad and trying to sneak in quietly at 2 A.M. after a night out. It's like high school all over again, but...

Know Your Biology, Gain Inner Peace

Europe is in an ugly mess and that jobs report the other day made you want to flee to some nice Nordic country that still has jobs and benefits. (Habla Swedish?) We have a better idea.   First, consider: the male response to stress is “fight or...

Wowsa Gifts for Dad Under $45

Mom is happy with brunch and flowers, but buying gifts for Dad’s Day can be such a pain. Most of the stuff he really wants is beyond reach (in-ground pool, Porsche Boxter), or he’s gotten it already (power tools, 45-inch flat screen). Luckily,...

Three Sites That Teach the Value of a Buck

At some point, your little birdies are going to dive out of the nest and directly into a hurricane of credit offers, career decisions, and spending temptations.   Prevent a financial nosedive by teaching them money must-knows before they...

Your Easy Summer Budget Worksheet

You’re back from the long, barbecue-and-beer-drenched holiday weekend, and it's time for your annual Holy Cow! moment... Summer is expensive. And it’s here. So what are you going to do about it? Thank your lucky stars for the life-saving...

Buy Sunscreen Without Getting Burned

Thirty bucks for a tiny tube of sunscreen?  Forget the fancy packaging and focus on these factors to get the most protection: DO Choose a higher SPF. Get one between 30 and 50 SPF, reapply often, and zero in on easily missed spots, like nostrils...

This Year, Plan for the Camp Gap

News flash: school ends in June.   It’s time to plan for the Camp Gap—that stretch of time between the last day of school and the first day of camp. Assuming you can’t dash off to Disney World for three weeks or call Nana, here are some child...

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