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Budgeting

Does Your Kid Need a Budget?

If you’re feeling bombarded with back-to-school expenses, activities, and the wallet-popping cost of child care—I hear you. With my son entering first grade this fall, it just hit me that I need a whole new budget—for my kid. Child care is a...

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...

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...

Be Ready for the Worst-Case Scenario

Suppose the first thing your boss says to you tomorrow is, “Clean out your desk.” Any idea how you’d manage? Time for a financial fire drill: Imagine paring down your current expenses and creating a plan to cover just the basics. “Basic” means...

Repent at Tax Time for a Year of Spending Sins

Every year at this time, because of the inevitable confluence of Easter and tax day, my inner Catholic gets resurrected, big time. This year’s guilty, post-itemizing revelation: What the hell happened to our budget, and where did all our money...

A Tool for Wedding Guests on a Budget

Wedding season is upon us, and my boyfriend and I have been invited to seven this year.   A potential budget crisis? Definitely. But I couldn't find a good planning tool to help. So I made my own.   I priced out an entire wedding season's (gulp)...

Planting the Seed

File it under “facts I wish I’d known when I was 30.” You need a little pot of money stored away for when your parents age—especially if you’re a woman. Some two-thirds of caregivers are female relatives, and I’m now one of them, coping (along...

Supreme Court Debates Health Care Law

This has been a big week at the Supreme Court, as justices heard arguments relating to the Affordable Care Act, which was signed into law in 2010—but is now being challenged.  At the core of the law is the “individual mandate”: the requirement...

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