Family Column

This column focuses on family finances, from starting a family to planning a meal, your family is probably the largest expense in your budget and undoubtably the most important too! We will try to cover all aspects of family planning in this column.


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3 Modern Tools for Paying Your Kid’s Allowance

Kids and MoneyNo matter how you decide to answer the allowance question, the fact remains that you have to pay it somehow.

While paying with cash can be a good way to teach younger children how to visualize their money, older kids are likely to want to use other methods of money management.

You probably don’t buy things with cash very often; a cash-based allowance doesn’t adequately teach your kids to manage their money in a society that’s increasingly cashless. Here are 3 modern tools for paying your child’s allowance:

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How to Overcome 5 Newlywed Financial Challenges

Newlywed financial challengesWhen you marry, even if you lived together prior to tying the knot, it seems as though things get real in your relationship. Now, you have joint ownership of some (and maybe all) assets, and you have to think about how your spending is going to impact your joint situation.

Figuring out schedules and dealing with towels on the floor, or deciding that a habit is really an annoyance and a not a cute quirk, are just some of the few minor issues to deal with when you marry. Figuring out your newlywed finances, and avoiding marriage killing money mistakes, is the real stressor.

Andrew Housser, the CEO of Freedom Financial Network, points out that there are 5 main financial challenges newlyweds face, and he has some ideas on how to avoid them:


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One Clever Idea You’ve Never Thought of to Save Money on a Wedding

Wedding PhotosOne of the most expensive financial decisions many of us make is having a wedding.

While my wedding was pretty modest (coming in at right around $3,000), the average cost of a wedding as of this writing is a little more than $28,000!

Who has $28,000 to spend on a wedding — especially if you have student debt and you are hoping to save up for a house?

One way to pay for your wedding is to obtain sponsorships to help you take care of the costs. This is the approach Donnie Gallagher and his fiancee Jennifer are taking. They hope to raise $25,000 in services and and cash to pay for their dream wedding on February 14, 2014 (yes, that’s Valentine’s Day). If they manage to raise more than $25,000, everything extra will be donated to charity.

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How to Start Saving for Your Summer Vacation

Summer VacationOne of the great traditions is the summer vacation. The kids are out of school, and many parents have saved up vacation days or flex time that can be used to go on vacation.

Unfortunately, a summer vacation can get a little expensive. Whether you drive or fly, you need to come up with the funds to pay for your excursion. You shouldn’t go into debt for your summer vacation, though. You should come up with a plan to save up enough money for a summer vacation.

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Modern Marriage: How Do You Divide the Housework?

vacuumingOne of the issues facing women as they take on more of the breadwinning roles outside the home is that of housework.

While there are some traditional gender roles changing with regard to career and housework, there is still a gap. Even though women are starting to catch up to men in terms of number of hours spent doing paid work, they are still doing a higher proportion of the housework. A recent Pew study pointed this out, and Sheryl Sandberg addressed the issue in her book Lean In.

So, with both parents working, how do you divide up the housework?

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Women & Money: Can You Keep Your Career On Track from Home?

Working from homeMany women choose to take a hiatus from their careers in order to stay home and raise their children. After five to 15 years, though, many of them decide that they are ready to get back into the workforce.

Forget about Sheryl Sandberg and the “Lean In” option; there are a number of women who just need to make sure that they remain competitive after being outside the workforce for a few years. In fact, a recent study from UC Berkeley indicates that one of the reasons that women might not be leading in the workplace is due to the fact that they are taking care of business at home, and that interferes with career advancement.

So, what happens when you take time off to raise a family? What are your options? How can you remain competitive during maternity leave and beyond?

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Women & Money: Are Traditional Gender Roles Changing?

When it comes to traditional gender roles, my household is a practically-perfect example of reversal. I’m the primary breadwinner. My husband was the primary caregiver to our son for the first 18 months, and still does a good amount of caregiving when I head off to some career-related conference (FinCon, anyone?). I usually take out the trash, my husband usually does the laundry.

However, our arrangement, which many in our rather traditional neighborhood find unusual, is becoming a little more common. Not too long ago, the Pew Research Center released the results of a study that indicate that the roles played by men and women are showing some convergence.

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Women & Money: Technology Offers More Options for Working Mothers

Mother / Son Computer TimeMarch is Women’s History Month, and it’s interesting to have a look at whether or not women really have more work options now than they did in the past.

As a work from home mom, I know that technology has the potential to provide greater flexibility in our working lives. However, I’m a work from home mom who runs a freelancing business. I don’t have to report to an employer who wishes I spent more time at the office.

Recently, the furor over Marissa Mayer’s decision to ask telecommuters to come into the office has led to a discussion about women, working from home, and workplace flexibility.

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