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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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No comments yet Our Kids’ Confidence Affects Their Adult Incomes

By The Home Economist | February 13th, 2015

  If you’ve been operating under the assumption that it’s the kids with rich parents who get a head start in life, think again. It’s the kids who are most confident. People with high opinions of themselves as teenagers drew bigger salaries in middle age than their less confident counterparts, according to research from University of Florida. There, scientists looked at data from over 12,000 people between the ages of 14 years old and 22 years old. Each person in this huge group was  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet Easy Way to Understand Quantitative Easing

By The Home Economist | October 30th, 2014

  The idea of Economic Policy is not much different to the idea of maintaining the perfect weight. In theory, we’d always fit into our jeans because human bodies are designed to become hungry only when they need fuel or nutrients. When they’re full, our bodies send a message our brains and when coming down with colds, they crave vitamin C. But in reality we need a monitoring plan, a control system to guide our caloric intakes. The Federal Reserve is  [ Read More ]

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No comments yet Caffeine-Infused Shapewear Co. Will Issue Refunds

By The Home Economist | October 14th, 2014

If there are two things no red-blooded woman can resist, the first is a weight loss trick and the second is coffee. So the attempt to sell us caffeine-infused underwear that would slim and reshape the our bodies while reducing cellulite was pretty clever. Until of course, the government stepped in and told them to stop the nonsense and return our money, to the tune of $1.5 million. Norm Thompson Outfitters, Inc., and Wacoal America, Inc. — selling products such as iPants on Sahalie, Body  [ 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 | September 29th, 2013

Disciplined say “What-the-Hell” to Debt

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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 | June 29th, 2014

Average Household Expenses for Families

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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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