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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 [...]

Amazon Gift Cards Work Only One Place

By | January 15th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Mom-o-nomics, Recalls and Scams, Shopping & Money|

Amazon gift cards work only one place. Ah, the post-holiday hangover – we’ve all got pounds to lose and a gift cards to spend. For the weight, you’re on your own (Personally, I can say only that eliminating vodka is a good start but not enough...) As for the gift cards, it’s important to [...]

Pay Less for Aging Parents

By | January 6th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Families & The Economy, Happiness & Money, Random|

Aging parents: there could be help for paying those bills. It's our turn to care for them - our aging parents - and while many of us are fine with the responsibility, some of us short on the funds. Here's your financial break: many of our parents will qualify for help for paying cell phone bills, energy bills, medical bills and prescription drugs. Telephone and [...]

Work-from-Home Scams You Can’t Afford

By | December 16th, 2016|Categories: Random|

Did the perfect work-from-home opportunity suddenly appear as you were hoping to earn more cash for the holidays? Be careful, many of these jobs are scams. There's a variety of ways we can be tricked into thinking that time in between laundry loads can actually be lucrative, but they all have one thing in common: cash up front for [...]

Spying Toys Record Kids’ Private Conversations

By | December 6th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money|

  The "My Friend Cayla" dolls is sold as a friend but won't keep any secrets. At least two toys here for the holidays are collecting and recording our kids voices and their private information while sharing it with a countless number of parties, according to   a complaint filed by four child advocacy groups, [...]

Thanksgiving leftovers can be money in the garbage

By | November 27th, 2016|Categories: Food & Money, Mom-o-nomics|

If after Thanksgiving, your fridge looks as packed as your jeans feel, consider bringing those leftovers to a shelter, an elderly neighbor, your local f Throwing away food is money in the garbage. ire station. If you think eating too much makes you sick, wait until you hear these statistics on food waste.   About 40 percent of edible food in [...]

Samsung Recalls Washing Machines

By | November 7th, 2016|Categories: House & Money|

SAMSUNG WASHERS Over 34 models and more than 2 million machines recalled. While we typically love a good excuse to skip doing laundry, the latest Samsung recall may not be the reason for which we were hoping. The company has received 733 reports of machines vibrating excessively, throwing the tops right off some. Nine people [...]