family budget

A new Pew report shares the bad news about paying for basic needs.
Some parents fear that financial discussions "burden" children. But it's just the opposite. Earning and spending should be part of everyday conversation so kids grow up armed with awareness and information.
Don't let your child's long list of purchase requests hold you back from bringing them to the grocery store. Whether you're restocking the whole refrigerator or just making a quick trip, a little preparation and planning can keep everyone happy, well fed and on budget.
As your kids move forward on their road to independence, the lessons build upon the foundation of principles you have helped them build -- and address the real-life situations and obstacles they will encounter.
How do you pay off student loans when you need to manage other debts, fund your retirement and save for the future cost of your children's education? It starts with knowledge and a plan.
Supporting fundraisers is a great way teach your children the concepts of charity and volunteerism. It is also an important way of reinforcing money lessons in the real world that will last a lifetime.
The best advice I can share with other moms is this: Don't give in to guilt. Your kids won't love you less because you refused to buy them the latest video game. If anything, they'll love you more when they see you as the strong and financially capable woman who keeps a roof over their heads.
For most kids, the start of the school year is still weeks away. But whether they're enrolled in camp or you're heading to the town pool to beat the heat, filling those long summer days with activities can easily add up.
Depending on how old your kids are, you may have a whole collection of stories, but one thing's for sure: Kids change our money lives forever.
“I don’t think anyone gets any sense of economic security from living at that line,” Elise Gould, one of the paper’s authors
For the 45 million children ages 6 through 16 currently participating in youth sports, many parents are having to reach deep into their pockets to cover the rising costs of equipment and sports-related activities.
There is no shame in being broke, theoretically. But that hasn't stopped me from feeling horrible shame at how broke my family is.
It's no surprise that the overall cost of raising kids is skyrocketing. The cost of raising a child from birth to 17 rose 25% from 2000 to 2010. We spoke with parents around the country to find out which costs have surprised them most.
Unexpected expenses are almost a guaranteed way to make sure that a person or family breaks their budget. There are ways to make sure that things such as a higher tax bill, car repair, or unexpected trip do not ruin you or your family financially.
Since things change every year -- particularly when you have a family! -- it's important to revisit your budget now to ensure that it fits your life for the year to come.
It is financially irresponsible to have a discussion about debt without understanding the balance sheet of the entity under
If the U.S. were borrowing anywhere near as much as Chase bank, we'd have legitimate reason to worry. But in general, borrowing money is necessary to invest in the future.
If you want to be serious about being fiscally responsible then you can't have some sort of double standard where you hold the line on new spending but ignore the fact that tax cuts add to the deficit.