Even 3-Year-Olds Know When You Owe Them

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Even 3-Year-Olds Know When You Owe Them

Even 3-Year-Olds Know When You Owe Them

Perhaps we can all be grateful that toddlers aren’t professional debt collectors. Hypothetically speaking, let’s say you’re in debt and someone sent a 3-year-old to your door. One glance at those large, innocent eyes looking up at you and asking you to settle up would probably send you running for your checkbook. I doubt you’d even... Read More

6 Things Kids Can Learn From a Summer Lemonade Stand

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6 Things Kids Can Learn From a Summer Lemonade Stand

6 Things Kids Can Learn From a Summer Lemonade Stand

Since modern school schedules were invented, kids have looked forward to summers off. Instead of enduring hurried mornings, kids look forward to the days when they can sleep in, take their time getting ready and spend the day playing outdoors with their friends. But summer offers much more than a few months of playtime. If... Read More

Why We Decided Not to Have Kids

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Why We Decided Not to Have Kids

Why We Decided Not to Have Kids

With the legalization of same-sex marriage, queer couples have been solidifying relationships as fast as they can say “I do.” However, queer couples have familial considerations that, until June 2015, were like AstroTurf to grass. Having children is not easy, financially or emotionally, and for older couples, the financial and emotional burden may be hard... Read More

How Much Do Parents Spend Bribing Their Kids?

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How Much Do Parents Spend Bribing Their Kids?

How Much Do Parents Spend Bribing Their Kids?

Taking care of kids really adds up. There’s the food, toys, clothes, healthcare, day care and education expenses (not to mention the cost of actually giving birth or adopting them), but there’s something a lot of parents do and may forget to budget for: bribing their children. Kids on their parents’ payroll are doing all... Read More

3 Ways to Make Your Kids Millionaires

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3 Ways to Make Your Kids Millionaires

3 Ways to Make Your Kids Millionaires

Eileen and Gerard Connolly had one income and two daughters in private colleges for seven consecutive years. When they were on the homestretch of paying for college tuition, they realized they needed to start catching up on their own retirement savings. But they also wanted to help get their daughters off to a good start.... Read More

These Kids Are Better With Money Than You Are

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These Kids Are Better With Money Than You Are

These Kids Are Better With Money Than You Are

Ryan Jerue has a job, a business, a bank account and has started investing. He also captains a team of students who recently took third place in a national competition where they fielded questions about personal finance, technology, health and safety, the environment as well as consumer rights and responsibilities. (He also placed third individually... Read More

Why Banks Are Giving Kids Bikes

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Why Banks Are Giving Kids Bikes

Why Banks Are Giving Kids Bikes

INDIANAPOLIS — On the first day of a new program at his school, a sixth-grade boy gets situated in the saddle of a stationary bicycle and says aloud to himself, smiling: “I’ve never ridden a bike before.” He slowly pushes the pedals, first with his right foot, then his left, and seconds later he’s doing... Read More

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