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No comments yet This Baby Medicine Contains Lead

By The Home Economist | March 7th, 2016

Bentonite Me Baby – a clay that was supposed to be safe for our babies to ingest and wear on their skin – was found to contain dangerous levels of lead, according to the Food and Drug Administration. In children, even low levels of lead exposure are associated with impaired cognitive function including reduced IQ, behavioral difficulties, and other problems. Lead can cause serious damage to the central nervous system, the kidneys and the immune system.   This particular product was sold at Target stores and marketed as medicinal  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet Reverse of the Rising Cell Phone Bill

By The Home Economist | February 18th, 2016

It’s not clear whether we needed our nation’s top economists studying this issue, but a new government report proves what most of us can surmise after glancing over at our kids: cell phone spending has drastically increased over the past seven years. We managed to spend some 53 percent more on wireless service, even though prices for that service dropped by 10 percent over the same time, according to economists at the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Average yearly expenses per person rose from $608  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Lawyers

By The Home Economist | January 26th, 2016

In today’s installment of “Expensive Educational Investments to Carefully Consider” we highlight the returns of law school. Everyone knows that lawyers are cool and get to wear suits and are paid to be mean to other people – a skill in which you might today think your child could really excel. But here’s some more information to fuel the highly-educated fury: lawyers are not the highest earning of the professional occupations even though the training – by some reports – costs more than $43,000 a year. Take a look:   Source: Bureau of Labor Statistics  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet The Bad News About Bounce Houses

By The Home Economist | January 19th, 2016

At the risk of deflating anyone’s party plans – and by “anyone” I refer to our tiny friends under age 7 — it’s worth wondering whether our bounce house rental money wouldn’t be better spent on, well, absolutely anything other than a bounce house rental. Because in addition to offering a springy jumping space, bounce houses also appear to offer ample opportunities for taking our kids to the emergency room. Since 2003, there have been 113,272 emergency room visits after people were injured on what are called inflatable amusements – bounce houses, slides,  [ 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 | December 16th, 2015

6 Toys to Skip this Holiday Season

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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 | January 26th, 2016

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Lawyers

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Kids & Money

By admin | March 7th, 2016

This Baby Medicine Contains Lead

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Recalls and Scams

By admin | March 7th, 2016

This Baby Medicine Contains Lead

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Families & The Economy

By admin | May 9th, 2015

The Price of Over-Parenting

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Life in Numbers

By admin | March 2nd, 2015

Aging Parents: Inheriting Securities

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House & Money

By admin | January 19th, 2016

The Bad News About Bounce Houses

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Food & Money

By admin | January 14th, 2016

The Deadly Cost of Diet Pills

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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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