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Parents: Amazon May Owe You Money

By | May 30th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Shopping & Money|

  Amazon is returning more than $70 million to parents whose children made in-app purchases without getting permission, says the Federal Trade Commission. Yes, if your child was using one of these apps, which asked whether he wanted to, say feed animals or buy ice cream -- questions no child has ever refused. What's more, the ice cream appears [...]

Mom’s Summer Money Mishaps – Fixed Forever

By | May 27th, 2017|Categories: Random|

You don't have to pay an extra 10,000 percent to keep kids hydrated. 1)      The problem: We don’t drink water like it’s water. It’s critical our kids stay hydrated, particularly if you’re the type of parent who can in a split-second rattle off several reasons a child might be hospitalized from simply playing outdoors — [...]

The Truth about Buying for Your New Baby

By | May 16th, 2017|Categories: Random|

The editors of a popular baby website have compiled for their large community of moms-to-be a list of the best strollers around. One such model reminded the editorial panel of a transformer, and the group collectively gushed about how you can even charge your cell phone with this bad boy. This stroller, like all the editors [...]

Natural Medicine Guide for Moms

By | May 15th, 2017|Categories: Random|

There's nothing alarming about a four-year old having eczema. Unless, of course, the US Food and Drug Administration links the steroid cream you've been applying to the kid's eczema - almost nightly - to lymphoma. So then can I panic? Don't bother answering. (I panicked.) And since everyone knows it's silly to waste a perfectly good [...]

3 Money Concepts for Kids Today

By | April 30th, 2017|Categories: Random|

Most of our kids have no idea how to earn money, spend money or even give people charitable contributions, according to research commissioned by Junior Achievement and the Jackson Charitable Foundation. In a survey of 500 American kids ages seven to 10 years old, the JA-Jackson Children’s Financial Literacy Survey found kids are actually excited when [...]

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." [...]