Keeping Kids Safe From Their Own Electronics

By | January 10th, 2018|Categories: Mom-o-nomics, Random|

The holidays are over but if you gave your child a tablet, cell phone or laptop, the spirit may just last, well, until the damn thing gets lost or broken. But before then, if we as parents aren't careful about the information we share on apps, there are some consequences we will could suffer for longer. [...]

Encouraging Teens to be Entrepreuners

By | November 14th, 2017|Categories: Econo-YOU, Mom-o-nomics|

Most of parents would be happy to encourage our teens' interests entrepreneurship, but according to a new study conducted for Junior Achievement and EY, our teens are not particularly interested. over 88 percent of parents are on board to raise kids who start businesses, but only 30 percent of these kids say they'd be willing to [...]

Buy Housekeeping, Get Happiness

By | September 26th, 2017|Categories: Mom-o-nomics, Random|

Alright people: stop shopping for designer items and start paying a housekeeper. Harvard scientists, who have finally turned their attention to the useful and salient matter of freeing up my mornings, have found that if we pay someone to do our annoying chores (basically, if we buy ourselves extra time) we will be more satisfied with [...]

Dorm Decor for Less Money

By | August 18th, 2017|Categories: School & Money|

You don't need to spend hundreds of dollars decorating a dorm room. Ah, college; the most expensive and important investment we'll make in our kids. We save, we borrow, we - wait what? - have to decorate their dorm rooms? Not to worry, these homework (yeah right) haves are supposed to be creative, eclectic [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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." [...]

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 [...]