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Teaching Kids About Money: Lead by Example

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Awhile back I received a review copy of Larry Winget’s “You’re Broke Because You Want to Be,” and I finally had time to sit down and start paging through it. In case you’re not familiar with him, Winget is a personal finance author and TV personality with what can only be described as a ‘no […]

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Published on May 16th, 2008 - 3 Comments
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Upromise $10 Signup Bonus

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If you’re anything like us, you’re always looking for ways to save a few extra bucks for college. With that in mind, I wanted to point out that Upromise is currently offering a $10 bonus for creating and activating your new account (it’s free!). In case you’re not familiar with Upromise, it’s a college savings […]

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Published on April 4th, 2008 - Leave a Comment
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2007 Child Tax Credit

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I’ve written in the past about the Child Tax Credit, so I though I’d go ahead and update the information for this year’s taxes based on current IRS guidance. In short, the Child Tax Credit the federal income tax that you owe by up to $1,000 for each qualifying child under the age of 17. […]

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Published on February 14th, 2008 - 4 Comments
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Shopping Tip: Amazon Price Drop Guarantee

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With the holiday shopping season fully upon us, I just thought I’d throw out this quick money-saving tip… As you may or may not know, Amazon has a 30 day price drop policy. In other words, if they lower their price on something that you’ve purchased within the past 30 days, they’ll issue a credit. […]

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Published on November 26th, 2007 - 5 Comments
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What’s the Right Age to Start an Allowance?

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I’ve written in the past about the allowance system that we use with our kids. In short, we give them $0.50 per week for each year of age. Thus, Son #1 (who just turned ten) now gets $5/week, Son #2 (currently seven) gets $3.50/week, and Son #3 (currently five) gets $2.50/week. These funds and then […]

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Published on November 14th, 2007 - 14 Comments
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Don’t Break Your Budget Buying Baby Stuff

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Awhile back we received an e-mail from a reader asking about the “real” cost of raising kids. In short, she’s heard a lot about the high cost of raising kids, and was wondering if it’s really as bad as people make it out to be. More than anything, this question seemed to have been born […]

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Published on August 24th, 2007 - 6 Comments
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Tax Holiday Reminder

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Don’t forget… If you live in the following states, your state sales tax holiday is starting this weekend: Alabama, August 3rd-5th District of Columbia, August 4th-12th Georgia, August 2nd-5th Florida, August 4th-13th Iowa, August 3rd-4th Missouri, August 3rd-5th New Mexico, August 3rd-5th North Carolina, August 3rd-5th Oklahoma, August 3rd-5th South Carolina, August 3rd-5th Tennessee, August […]

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Published on August 2nd, 2007 - Leave a Comment
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Free Money from Credit Card Signup Bonuses

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While I realize that this isn’t exactly a parenting-specific topic, we can all use a bit of extra money now and then, right? Well, in that context, I thought I’d point out an article that I recently wrote on how to get up to $700 $800 in free credit card bonuses from a handful of […]

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Published on July 15th, 2007 - One Comment
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2007 State Sales Tax Holidays for Back-to-School Shopping

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It’s that time of year again… Back-to-school shopping is just around the corner. What follows is a list of state sales tax holidays that are scheduled to take place during the back-to-school shopping season. In each case, I’ve listed the pplicable dates, the items covered, and the maximum values of eligible items (if applicable). So […]

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Published on July 11th, 2007 - 21 Comments
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Paying People to Have Kids, Part Deux

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Did you know that the Australian government is paying people to have babies? In an attempt to increase their birth rate, they’re paying mothers a one-time bonus of $4,000 following the birth of their children (the bonus will increase to $5,000 in July 2008).

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Published on April 19th, 2007 - 3 Comments
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