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Love, Marriage, and Financial Disaster

By | April 20th, 2017|Categories: Random|

Don't let love leave you bankrupt. Janet Lombardi was once just like any of us; a mom with a husband and two kids, living on a suburban tree-lined street. The only perhaps slight difference is that she started an extramarital affair and didn’t notice her husband’s surreptitious drug problem that led to his signing [...]

Your Money: Revealing Facts Kids Need to Know

By | April 15th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Families & The Economy, House & Money, Kids & Money, Mom-o-nomics|

Talk to your kids about money or they'll develop their own, false theories. When family finances change for better or for worse - with bank balances seeming to cause sickness and those reflecting sudden health - it would seem responsible parenting to protect our kids from the details. Why should they worry or - even worse - begin boasting about their family's [...]

Turn School Donations into Tax Breaks

By | April 2nd, 2017|Categories: Kids & Money, Random|

You might be able to turn money donated to your kids' school into a tax break. Did you volunteer at a bake sale? Sorry to hear it, that's time you'll never get back. But if you gave money to the PTA, you might be able to take some tax deductions. Tax deductions let you lower your [...]

(Practically) Free Activities for Families

By | March 26th, 2017|Categories: Random|

Movies, dinners and arcade games.....family time can get expensive and it's time we as parents planned activities that cost less but mean more. Here are five ideas. Bake. Anytime an activity combines measuring, fractions, delicious smells, patience AND dessert, well, it's considered a good activity, indeed. Plenty of websites offer low-sugar recipes that use bananas, dates and oats, so head [...]

5 “Earth Friendly” Labels that Can Mean Nothing

By | March 18th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Shopping & Money|

Sometimes the sneakiest marketing is on a product's package, playing right into your earth-friendly focus when really, the words are distractions costing you more but helping much less. Here are the occasions when higher-priced products may be greener only when it comes to the money-making strategies of the companies selling them.    Without oxygen, nothing is "biodegradable." [...]

Inventors Beware: The Scam To Steal Your Marketing Money

By | March 14th, 2017|Categories: Random|

It's hard to sell an idea but don't let this guy steal your marketing money. World Patent Marketing and Desa Industries (two companies that promise to promote your invention in exchange for thousands of dollars) actually lie to customers, takes their money and do absolutely nothing in exchange except turn into a giant bully [...]

The Cost of Raising Kids: $233,610

By | March 5th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money|

Don't shoot the messenger here because it's the government (not the well-meaning financial bloggers) who calculate the cost of raising kids from birth to age 17. So yes, as you saw in our headline, this year's total is $233,610. For each child. (Though second and third and forth kids tend to cost less because the housing cost stay [...]

Fight Cell Phone Radiation For Free

By | February 26th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Health & Money, Mom-o-nomics|

  Yes, radiation is bad but no, a "shield" won't help. Reports from the World Health Organization have us terrified over the radiation traveling from our kids' phones to their heads, which means of course, there's a buck to be made. Some companies tell us they've developed shields that reduce exposure from electromagnetic emissions but [...]

Baby Slings: How to Carry (& Spend) Carefully

By | January 31st, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Health & Money|

Baby slings don't just look dangerous, they actually are very dangerous. In just over a decade, 17 babies had died Baby slings can suffocate infants, but even with new regulations. a few former precautions still apply. (17 too many) and 140 were injured. So the government stepped in with new regulations but that won't be in effect for more than [...]

Gasoline: The Secret to Lower Prices at the Pump

By | January 23rd, 2017|Categories: Random|

Breaking news: high octane gas is a waste of money. Want to instantly lower the price you pay for gasoline? Us too. Here's how. Why is this so huge? Because most of us know our cars we're expensive and none of us want to see a huge deposit plus payments or - God forbid - an entire purchase price wasted because we didn't want [...]