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A whole new world (of expenses)

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You’d think by now I would have learned. Summer vacation = spending money. Yet after all these years, I’m still surprised how quickly the kids’ summer activity expenses add up, even before the thermometer hits the 90s.

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School times two

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My oldest daughter informed me she’s started learning multiplication at school. It seems appropriate—her younger sister started kindergarten and now everything is going to cost twice as much.

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Inside out: riding the emotional rollercoaster of money

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There’s a scene in the Pixar movie, Inside Out where we get a peek into the mind of Riley’s dad as he reacts to her “high levels of sass.” As the scene escalates, dad’s emotions take over and Anger ultimately “puts the foot down.” Mission accomplished. Or so dad thinks. I couldn’t help but think how emotions quickly take over when it comes to money. A $150 bill for dance lessons? Here comes Anger again. Thinking about college tuition? Fear will definitely make an entrance. Have to work a few extra hours to make ends meet? Say hello to Disgust. And you’ll definitely have a visit from Sadness when you…[more]

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Here Comes the Bride

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I knew the day would come—some palooka’s in love with my little girl. OK, so maybe I have absolutely nothing to worry about. After all, he’s four and she’s three. Just the same, their pre-school teacher informed me of his infatuation with her and now I’m reminded of something I’ve conveniently tucked away since my daughter’s birth. One day, my little girl’s going to grow up, fall in love and get herself hitched. That freaks me out. Not the part about her growing up and falling in love (although I’m sure that ain’t gonna be a picnic). No, I’m thinking about paying for a wedding. I mean, c’mon, the average…[more]

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Saving Without Blinking

You’re riding high in April Shot down in May But I know I’m gonna change that tune When I’m back on top, back on top in June That’s Life, by Frank Sinatra Many investors took a bath over the past few years, so I don’t blame you if you’re a little gun shy about investing money. And with the economy still kicking people in the rear, saving for the future may be taking a back seat to worrying about immediate needs. But a little post-recession jitters ain’t a reason to stop thinking ‘bout the future. Like Frankie said, “I pick myself up and get back in the race.” Now’s the…[more]

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