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Yes, It's OK to Charge Your Kid Rent

So your kid is armed with a shiny new college degree. Next step: moving back home?   “Boomerang kids” are a growing (and not necessarily bad) trend. Returning home has lost its stigma in the recession: 78% of boomerang kids are happy with their...

Day 2: Brain teaser for a Better 2013

It’s the post-holiday lull. You don't have to leave your comfy chair to get your brain ready for the New Year, with our four-day Money Fit plan. Yesterday we covered how to stay motivated. Today is vision. Start with our year-end brain teaser....

Secure Your Home for the Holidays

Uneasy leaving your home for the holidays? You probably should be. Nearly 400,000 burglaries occur in November and December every year, according to the FBI.  Alarm systems provide some peace of mind, but you want to prevent a break-in, not just...

Start Planning Next Summer Now

Studies show that it’s not just your vacation time that makes you happy—it’s all the anticipation beforehand.Lesson: Ditch those end-o’-summer blues by planning your next getaway(s) now.   Think out loud. Where have you always wanted to go? Where...

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...

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