5 easy steps every parent should take if they want to be able to pay for their kid to go to college

Emmie Martin •
Business Insider

Parents are saving for college at record levels — but they’re still coming up short. According to Fidelity’s recently released 10-Year College Progress Report, 72% of parents reported saving for college this year — a record high — compared to 58% in 2007. But despite this increase, the study found that just 29% of parents


Money-smart tips for back-to-school shopping

By Danielle Braff •
Chicago Tribune

Retailers are pulling out every trick in the book to lure you in for back-to-school shopping. Here are a few things to keep in mind before you hit the stores. The average family with a child in kindergarten through 12th grade is expected to spend about $674 on everything from pens to computers this year,