family finances

  1. Finance

    Pros and cons of paying off your mortgage early

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    Have you considered paying off your mortgage early? Being free and clear of mortgage debt is a dream of many homeowners, but it may...
  2. Parenting

    Deducting Angel Trees and other holiday gifts

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    At this time of year, it’s easy to get caught up in the holiday gift-buying frenzy. But one of the greatest joys of the season...
  3. Finance

    The biggest financial issues families face

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    All of us, at some point or another, are going to face a financial dilemma in our lives. Here are the top financial issues families...
  4. Parenting

    The ins and outs of paying your caregiver

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    Did you know families that hire a nanny, senior caregiver or other domestic employee to work in their home have to follow payroll,...
  5. Parenting

    The Money talk defined: Reasons to have it today

    Marriage is a partnership in every sense of the word. It's about love, loyalty, security and, yes, finances.
  6. Parenting

    Summer jobs for kids and taxes

    When the heat is on, so is the pressure for kids to find jobs for the summer. Earning extra cash for the summer runs the gamut from...
  7. Parenting

    How to effectively teach young kids about money

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    Teaching kids about managing money at a young age can lay a solid foundation for their financial future. Schools rarely find the...
  8. Parenting

    5 Estate planning documents all parents should have in place

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    When you're a parent, you can't imagine a time when you won't be around for your children. The reality is, however, that there is a...
  9. Pregnancy

    Is your maternity health insurance coverage adequate?

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    Before you get pregnant, you will want to look into what your insurance benefits are — otherwise you may be in for a huge shock when...
  10. Parenting

    The perfect graduation gift: A personal exemption

    With graduation day just around the corner, parents across the country are struggling to find the perfect gift. Might I suggest a...
  11. Parenting

    Kids and credit cards: How soon is too soon?

    It’s a simple fact: Parents do not like talking to their kids about money. In fact, over 60 percent of parents surveyed said they...
  12. Tips & Advice

    Dos and don’ts of planning the future of a child with special needs

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    Preparing for your child’s future can be overwhelming. A financial expert shares the most common mistakes — and best...
  13. Parenting

    Kids, financial aid and FAFSA

    College is expensive. As reported by CNN, the average cost of attending an in-state public college for the 2012-13 academic year is...
  14. Parenting

    Student loan interest: How parents can pay and give their child the deduction

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    Paying for college can be expensive. According to American Student Assistance, close to 60 percent of the nearly 20 million...
  15. Parenting

    What to deduct when you're expecting

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    Having a baby can be expensive. Fortunately, taxpayers can catch a few breaks under the Tax Code to make it a little more bearable.
  16. Parenting

    Spring cleaning and charitable deductions

    It’s that time of year again — spring cleaning! Throw open your windows, shake off the cobwebs and let in some fresh air.
  17. Parenting

    Last-minute tax season tips for families

    Tax Day (April 15) is right around the corner. Even if you haven't started preparing your taxes yet, don't stress out about it. You...
  18. Parenting

    Should your child be the beneficiary of your life insurance policy?

    We all want to protect our families. It’s part of being a parent, this desire to take care of our kids for as long as we...
  19. Parenting

    Best uses for your tax refund

    In 2012, the Internal Revenue Service issued refunds to 110,471,000 taxpayers. The average taxpayer refund was a whopping $2,803.
  20. Parenting

    The kiddie tax: Does your child have to file?

    When April 15 rolls around, most of us understand that we need to file a federal income tax return. But what about when our kids...