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No comments yet Scam Alert: Fake IRS Calls

By The Home Economist | March 12th, 2015

Scam of the hour - to celebrate tax season, perhaps – is a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, says the Federal Trade Commission. Don’t fall for it.  The IRS will never call out of the blue to ask for payment. It won’t demand a specific form of payment. And it won’t leave a message threatening to sue you if you don’t pay right away. Your response: Click. Won’t be as much fun as hanging up on the real IRS. But it will  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet Aging Parents: Inheriting Securities

By The Home Economist | March 2nd, 2015

The last thing you want to do in mourning is learn about investment laws. Brushing up on some basics now can make this easier later. If you inherit securities, you’ll need to know the price of the security on the day the person died.  That value is called the cost basis. You need to know this because when you sell the stock, you pay taxes only on the gains above the cost basis. So if the stock price was $100 on the day you  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet Bad News about Online Reviews

By The Home Economist | February 27th, 2015

Today we slide “online reviews” into the vast column titled, “Don’t Believe Everything You Read on the Internet.” An automobile shipment company called AmeriFreight offered discounts and other cash incentives to customers for writing glowing online reviews, says the Federal Trade Commission.  Giving people cash is an excellent way to make them say nice things about you online, whether or not you actually believe these nice things. And because the company didn’t tell us they paid for their reviews, the FTC is pretty sure we interpreted them  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet Your Kid’s Own Business

By The Home Economist | February 26th, 2015

Should we tell our kids or teens to get jobs? Or should we encourage them to run small businesses and get a head start on the basics of achieving world domination? Well, the second option at least has the potential to provide flexibility for activities like studying and softball games. So rather than push our children to work at the mall, perhaps we should show them the steps of entrepreneurship. They are:  1) Identifying a problem. People who work in  [ Read More ]

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School & Money

By admin | September 10th, 2013

Public vs. Private Schools, New Facts Revealed

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Happiness & Money

By admin | July 29th, 2013

How to Buy Happiness (It Costs Less Than You Think)

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Shopping & Money

By admin | February 27th, 2015

Bad News about Online Reviews

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Working Moms & Money

By admin | June 26th, 2014

Summer Travel: Security, Safety & Sanity

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Money & Marriage

By admin | May 22nd, 2013

8 Signs Your Husband’s Hiding Money

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Other People & Money

By admin | June 4th, 2014

What Your Friends Really Think About Their Finances: Consumer Confidence

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Kids & Money

By admin | February 26th, 2015

Your Kid’s Own Business

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Recalls and Scams

By admin | April 23rd, 2014

Apple Will Refund $32 Million to Parents

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Families & The Economy

By admin | October 30th, 2014

Easy Way to Understand Quantitative Easing

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Life in Numbers

By admin | March 2nd, 2015

Aging Parents: Inheriting Securities

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House & Money

By admin | May 18th, 2014

Spring Cleaning for Cash

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Food & Money

By admin | June 29th, 2014

Average Household Expenses for Families

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Health & Money

By admin | October 14th, 2014

Caffeine-Infused Shapewear Co. Will Issue Refunds

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News

The Home Economist Column is Syndicated

The Home Economist newspaper column – which has been running in The Miami Herald for over four years - was recently syndicated by the paper’s parent company, McClatchy. The stories first run in the Herald’s Saturday MONEY section and are then posted on the wire, where some of the countries leading papers can access and then publish the pieces. They’ve since appeared in The Kansas City Star, The Idaho Statesman, The Modesto Bee, The Olympian, The Lexington Herald Reader, The Bellingham  [ Read More ]

Back to School – New (School) Year Resolutions

This year it’s all about productivity, organization and peanut butter. Why wait until January? I’ve created five ambitious and unrealistic expectaions for myself today. See? I’ve already stopped procrastinating! Here’s what’s left on the list:   1)   Plan weekly menus and purchase all ingredients in advance to eliminate stressful sprints into supermarket while clock ticks until one daughter will be waiting and yes, perhaps momentarily stranded at dance class. Find ways to induce more productive fears of parental failure. Say by  [ Read More ]

Affordable Care Act

If the thought of getting divorced or losing your job breaks your heart, well, toughen up. Cardiac conditions are expensive and President Barack Obama’s law may not be there to help.   If America’s high court says President Barack Obama’s Affordable Health Care Act is unconstitutional, the whole thing comes crashing down. That means children with asthma will be denied coverage, women will often be charged 50 percent more than men, and if you thought it would break your heart to get divorced or lose your job,  [ Read More ]

Background Check Your Financial Adviser (and her Advice)

Keep your money safe from investment scams.   1) Before even hearing about an investment opportunity it’s important first to learn about the person who will be handling the transaction. Research your broker on FINRA’s BrokerCheck website and find out about your investment adviser at the Investment Adviser Public Disclosure website. If you’re still confused call the SEC’s investor hotline at 800-732-0330. That’s why they’re around. 2) Important rule to know: all securities must be either registered with the SEC or exempt from being  [ Read More ]

Married Woman’s Guide to Saving Money on Gas

And spending more on manicures….     Gas prices are high enough to make you wonder whether those numbers on the pump are instead calculating the price of your car payment. Nope, that’s your gasoline bill. But because some car trips are impossible to trim from your schedule – um, if the kids don’t get to school they’re home with you – the extra money you spend at the petrol station comes from your disposable income. That’s the money you have - ahem, had - leftover  [ Read More ]

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