Last month, MSNBC.com featured an unemployed father who took a firefighter job in Iraq in order to support his family. The website wanted readers to tell their own stories about the extremes they’ve gone to in order to make ends meet. This week, they feature Todd, a North Carolina father of three who takes to […]
Hi, I’m Marci! I blog over at wrestlingwithinvesting and spaghettiandspanx. The former is a blog about trimming my finances and the latter, trimming my thighs. That can sound trite but the thing is – at their core – both blogs are about creating a healthy future. Sometimes I digress and eat pizza topped with oreos […]
Lou Scatigna, a.k.a. The Financial Physician, has a message for married couples: pay your bills together. Couples who can’t agree about money are doomed to divorce, says Scatigna, who has worked as a financial counselor since 1983. To save your pennies and your marriage, you need to have both partners involved in handling the family […]
The “we don’t have a sitter excuse” is gone for parents who were planning to scrimp on the vacation in the tight economy. To boost their numbers, a romantic resort for couples in the picturesque Poconos is offering to pay parents’ sitting bills for the weekend. The northeastern Pennsylvania area is among the state’s most […]
Ever notice the people who write to Dear Abby hail from the wussiest section of the society? We’ve just found a contender for nancy ninny of the week with this one. A mom writes in to old Mrs. VanBuren to say she got into a car accident with her kid. The insurance company says buy […]
One of the largest public library systems in the world is slated for closure next month, and along with it will go after-school programs for Philadelphia’s kids, GED classes for drop-outs, the go-to source for books for school projects and everything else that makes libraries an enriching community resource for families.
The list of job losses keeps on growing, but for many there’s hope that they’ll come back. Except this one: the art of arcing a paper across a lawn from the seat of a bicycle is facing extinction. The paper route as means for kids to pull together some cash is on the way out,
She was willing to pay for health insurance, but no one would give it to her. She had a pre-existing condition: pregnancy. Writing in an Irish newspaper this weekend, Caitriona Palmer shared a relatively common story: no insurance, trying to find a carrier who will take her on.
We all know that raises a child can be expensive. The clothes, the food, the housing they all add up. Once you add in day camps, birthdays, ballet or soccer classes, the figure can be staggering to even the most moneyed of moms and dads. So how much does it cost to raise a kid […]
It’s summer. Your kid’s out of school and ready for camp. But your pocketbook is not prepared to take yet another financial hit. When the going gets tough, the tough get all DIY. A new trend for cash strapped families with tight budgets is not Camp Recess but Camp Recession. With sleep away camps being […]
Alert to all broke parents out there – hand-me-downs just became tres chic. The habit of weeding out our kids’ closets and kicking the goods to our friends got a stamp of approval from Melissa Joan Hart this week as the former teenage witch pulled out her Orbit stroller and two moses baskets to put […]