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,


Teaching your teen about money


You want your teen to live a healthy lifestyle and that includes, physical and mental health, academic success and healthy financial habits. Not every parent thinks about financial lessons, but those are just as important as the rest. Financial literacy isn’t a course taught in school, and maybe you’re not that money savvy either, but