Pros and cons of using a credit card for back-to-school shopping

Chonce •
Everything Finance

Back-to-school shopping can get expensive fast. On one hand, you think you’re just buying pens, pencils, and notebooks, but everything adds up. Clothes can also be pricey even with the sales and discounts especially if you’re purchasing a whole new fall wardrobe. For parents who wind up spending a few hundred dollars each year during

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Liz Weston: How to help your parents protect their money

LIZ WESTON •
The Associated Press
Liz Weston: Retirement advice from retired financial experts

Our financial decision-making abilities peak in our 50s and can decline pretty rapidly after age 70, researchers tell us. That’s how otherwise smart older people fall for sweepstakes frauds, Nigerian investment schemes and the grandparent scam, where con artists pretend to be grandchildren in a financial jam. But few people want to hear that they’re

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Nine parents reveal the money habits they refuse to pass on to their kids

Business Insider •
Business Insider
A deck for backyard living is a must with rowdy kids....

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. 

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How to provide financial help to aging parents

Sandra Block, Senior Editor, and <i>Kiplinger's Personal Finance</i> •
Kiplinger
generations

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

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