From when to say “please” and “thank you” to how to drive a car, we learn a lot from our parents. Oftentimes, that includes picking up on their money habits as well. And while some of that financial wisdom consists of worthwhile advice that we’ll turn around and pass along to our own kids, other habits are better off forgotten.
Sarah and I welcomed our first child into the world in 2005, not too long before the launch of The Simple Dollar. Since then, we’ve been on this shared journey called “parenting,” and as our firstborn has grown older and we’ve added two more children to the mix, the challenges have grown and changed. In
My niece had her first child a few months ago and seeing that little baby has reminded Sarah and I of our own experience with having babies around the house. Our children are long past the baby stage, but for almost an entire decade, we were in a constant cycle of having at least a
Mark Kress, 59, of Sterling, Va., first realized his 88-year-old father, Willard, needed help after he saw some bills with past-due balances stacked on his father’s kitchen table. That was completely out of character for Willard, who had a successful career as a certified public accountant. Initially, Willard didn’t believe he needed help. For most
A baby is a bundle of joy, but get ready if you are starting a family: Raising that little person also will cost you a bundle. If you have a baby, expect to spend $233,610 over the next 18 years as you pay for everything from diapers to the extra room in your house or
Your kid isn’t the only one studying. If you’re searching for grants and scholarship money and researching federal subsidized and unsubsidized loans, you probably feel as if you’re boning up for the hardest, most complicated test you’ve ever come up against. And then somewhere, in the midst of all of this, you’ve probably found a