Reverse of the Rising Cell Phone Bill

By | February 18th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money|

Cell phone bills are on the rise, but here's how to shrink them. It's not clear whether we needed our nation's top economists studying this issue, but a new government report proves what most of us can surmise after glancing over at our kids: cell phone spending has drastically increased over the past seven years. We managed [...]

Mamas Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up to Be Lawyers

By | January 26th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Other People & Money|

Your kid may be cute and mean, but law school is expensive and may not reap the highest paying returns. In today's installment of "Expensive Educational Investments to Carefully Consider" we highlight the returns of law school. Everyone knows that lawyers are cool and get to wear suits and are paid to be mean to other people [...]

The Bad News About Bounce Houses

By | January 19th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, House & Money, Random|

Here's over 100,000 reasons you shouldn't feel pressure to buy a bounce house for your kid's party. At the risk of deflating anyone's party plans - and by "anyone" I refer to our tiny friends under age 7 -- it's worth wondering whether our bounce house rental money wouldn't be better spent on, well, absolutely anything other than a bounce house [...]

The Deadly Cost of Diet Pills

By | January 14th, 2016|Categories: Econo-YOU, Food & Money, Random|

These are among the deadly diet pills that can pierce holes in your stomach. Let's talk about all the infuriating aspects surrounding latest round of diet pill recalls. In case you have been so busy with your New Year's resolution dieting --  or money-saving or private-fuming because it's so hard being nice to people -- to notice, two major diet pills [...]

Lead DANGER in Popular Water Bottles for KIDS (& More)

By | December 31st, 2015|Categories: Econo-YOU, Random|

It's not a new year without resolutions, but we have to be careful before we go buying things we hope will help make us better parents. Because with the following corporate co-pilots bringing us their products, we'll save more than our money by not buying their help.  #NotBuyingIt This water bottle from Pottery Barn was found to [...]

Why Kids Who Play Sports Earn More Money as Adults

By | December 13th, 2015|Categories: Econo-YOU, Kids & Money|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

Kids who play sports grow up to make more money and now we know why. But we also know your kid doesn't have be the star player - or even on a varsity team - to reap the adult financial rewards that childhood sports can offer.   Lori Wolk, a mother of three in Parkland Florida, has always [...]

How to Spot a Crooked Charity

By | May 19th, 2015|Categories: Econo-YOU|

Children’s Cancer Fund of America Inc., The Breast Cancer Society Inc., Cancer Fund of America, Inc.,Cancer Support Services Inc., Rose Perkins, James Reynolds II, Kyle Effler, how to know if a charity is legitimate, cancer charities, fraudulent cancer charities, what percent of a charities donations should go toward administrative costs, how to know if a charity is a scam

The Price of Over-Parenting

By | May 9th, 2015|Categories: Econo-YOU, Families & The Economy|Tags: , , , , , , , , , |

  Over-parenting, say researchers, is expensive and ineffective. Hands-on parenting is a good thing, right? Right! We didn’t have these kids so they could raise themselves, did we? No we did not. That’s why we’re only too happy to cultivate their every interest and — while we’re at it — introduce them to impressionism, [...]

Scam Alert: Fake IRS Calls

By | March 12th, 2015|Categories: Econo-YOU|Tags: , , , |

Here's your big opportunity to hang up on an IRS agent. Scam of the hour - to celebrate tax season, perhaps - is a call from someone claiming to be from the IRS, says the Federal Trade Commission. Don't fall for it.  The IRS will never call out of the blue to ask for payment. It won’t demand a specific [...]

Aging Parents: Inheriting Securities

By | March 2nd, 2015|Categories: Econo-YOU, Life in Numbers|

The last thing you want to do in mourning is learn about investment laws. Brushing up on some basics now can make this easier later. If you inherit securities, you'll need to know the price of the security on the day the person died.  That value is called the cost basis. You need to know this because when [...]