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The Summer’s Worst Vacation Scams

By | July 28th, 2017|Categories: Random|

Pick-pockets could be the least of your problems. Vacation deals are easier than ever to find but one wrong click online could buy you a ticket to nowhere. Here's a roadmap to the top three ripoffs. Rental ruse: There are so many wonderful ways scammers can sell you a fake vacation rental! Sometimes they [...]

The Business of “Going Out of Business” Sales

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

The store may be closing but the prices aren't always rock bottom. Aside from free sample tastings in the supermarket - which according to a federal law I made up, have absolutely no calories - few sights can lure me like a "Going Out of Business" sale sign. The prospect of paying rock bottom [...]

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 [...]