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Holiday cheer, the cheap way

Most of us may still be consuming the last reminders of Halloween -- miniature-sized Snickers, itty-bitty bags of Skittles -- during our afternoon (and morning, and evening, and midnight) snacks. But if TV commercials, Friday's release of "Disney's A Christmas Carol" and the recent release of the Toys "R" Us...

By Jen Chaney | November 5, 2009; 08:18 AM ET | Comments (41)

When Finances Impact Family Planning

While we've touched on whether the current economic troubles have impacted our households in subtle ways -- scaling back on the moonbounce rentals, chopping our own garlic -- it appears that money stress is touching families in a much more dramatic and direct way: a huge number of women are...

By Brian Reid | September 25, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (42)

Budget Birthday Bashes

Through some strange fluke of astrology, nearly everyone of importance in my life was born during an 8-week stretch of summer. Labor Day doesn't mark the end of summer so much as the end of the birthday party season. It never comes soon enough. Especially this year, when watching the...

By Brian Reid | September 11, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (62)

Marriage and Money: Who's Tuned In?

Bonnie Sweeten was living what might be considered a fairly typical suburban existence before she faked the abduction of her 9-year-old daughter. She was a working mom of three, including a baby, with a busy kid life. And, according to several news reports, she managed the family's finances. Husband Larry...

By Stacey Garfinkle | June 5, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (26)

Money-Saving Tips for Family Fun

By Rebeldad Brian Reid I've adopted a somewhat ostrich-like approach to the crumbling economy. I've sworn off Google Finance. I don't watch cable news anymore. And I don't open my 401(k) statements. I just can't take the stress. But the news finds a way to find me. I'm well aware...

By Brian Reid | March 5, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (40)

Dealing with the Down Economy

By Rebeldad Brian Reid The economy is in bad shape. That much is obvious. You can see it on TV and hear it in the voices of even those workers who thought -- until recently -- that their jobs would be safe. This anxiety isn't restricted to just those who...

By Brian Reid | February 4, 2009; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Family Life Circa 2008

It's the economy, folks. That pretty much sums up several articles over the weekend in The Post. In a Karen Houppert magazine piece on the Dixon family of five turning to a life coach to help them be better parents. Or rather, Dad Ernest Dixon was about to launch his...

By Stacey Garfinkle | December 22, 2008; 09:00 AM ET | Comments (15)

Finding Toys, Both Safe and Inexpensive

All I want for two upcoming birthdays and holidays are a few safe, well-liked, inexpensive toys for the kids. And I'm well on my way to finding them, no thanks to toy companies who seem to think putting oversized, overpriced toys front and center makes sense these days. Alright, maybe...

By Stacey Garfinkle | November 17, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (13)

The Financial Crisis and -- Gulp -- College Savings

By Rebeldad Brian Reid I’ve officially stopped looking at my 401(k) statements, having decided that -- with more than three decades to go before I step off the hamster wheel -- the day-to-day fluctuations of the market aren’t all that predictive of whether or not I’ll be a pauper in...

By Brian Reid | October 30, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (37)

A New Era in Divorce and Child Support

About half of all marriages end in divorce. While that percent has stayed fairly stable over recent years, the look of divorce and child support payments have changed dramatically, according to a survey released recently by American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Fifteen years ago, the general mindset was that men...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 21, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (28)

Are You Spending or Saving for the Holidays?

For retailers, the holiday season is looming and not necessarily in a good way. Given the state of the economy, we're simply not shopping and buying as much as in the past. Even teens are cutting back their spending, writes Time. Still, some seem downright bullish, expecting parents to shell...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 10, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (17)

Should Schools Be in the Fundraising Business?

Almost exactly a year ago, we had our first fundraising discussion. The Sally Foster packets had arrived -- as they did again a couple weeks ago in my house. This year, though, it's not the PTA fundraisers that have me up in arms -- it's the one sponsored directly by...

By Stacey Garfinkle | October 3, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (49)

Teachable Money Moments

First came the foreclosures. Lots and lots of them. Then the price of oil shot through the roof. Now, the whole financial sector's on shaky ground, and our lawmakers are talking intricacies of bailout and how it affects taxpayers. This whole monetary crisis seems like as good a time as...

By Stacey Garfinkle | September 24, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (49)

Grant Me College

The average cost of a four-year state school for college runs parents and students about $6,000 per year. For a private university, the average cost is just under $24,000, according to the College Board. Retirement, meanwhile, doesn't run cheap either. Living expenses, home maintenance, health care costs, inflation: it all...

By Stacey Garfinkle | August 19, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (201)

Raising Families on the Cheap

Meet some families who know how to stretch a dollar. There's the Heinz family in Sarasota, Fla., who appeared in this past weekend's Parade magazine. Their TV came from someone's trash pile. Their laundry is done in fewer, larger loads. Mom buys in bulk with coupons. She only buys items...

By Stacey Garfinkle | July 16, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

Four Bucks a Gallon?!

In Mother-Daughter Spa Time earlier this week, an anonymous poster got on parents' cases for talking about the frivolous when the world is crashing down around us: "What planet are you on? Every other family in America is trying figure out how to afford four dollar a gallon gas and...

By Stacey Garfinkle | May 30, 2008; 07:00 AM ET | Comments (44)

 

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