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Save Money By Not Having Children

by Luke Landes

I don’t have children; perhaps I will at some point, but I don’t see kids in my immediate future. It’s not due to the cost of raising children, though for many years, I believed I wasn’t in a financial position to provide all that I would want to provide to a child growing up. A […]

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Involving Children in Household Money Management

by Luke Landes
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At the right age, involving children in the household financial planning process can be a good way to teach responsible money management. Children internalize best practices when they not only receive meaningful instruction, but have visible, positive role models as parents. If parents want to impart a lesson of “buy only what you can afford,” […]

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Setting Money Ground Rules With Your Partner

by Luke Landes
Couple

Do you lie to your spouse or significant other about money? Money may be one of the most popular issues causing strife in a relationship, but deeper issues are usually communication and values. Lying about money is one way to ensure that a relationship will fail over time, but for most people, small, occasional lies […]

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Low Income Families Paid More for College While Everyone Else Paid Less

by Luke Landes
College Graduate

Sallie Mae and Ipsos Public Affairs, a research company, shared some good news for college students and their families. In the latest research results, gleaned from a representative sample of 1,600 undergraduates and their families, the total amount paid for a year in college has decreased. With tuition costs increasing every year faster than the […]

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The Cost of Summer Camp

by Luke Landes

While growing up, my brother and I both benefited from experiences at summer camp, both day camps and sleep-away camps, at various points in our childhood. My memories from summer camp have stayed with me, and the experiences have shaped who I am. I first heard Pink Floyd at summer camp, from a counselor playing […]

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Should Couples Get a Prenup?

by Luke Landes
Kim Kardashian

Prenuptial agreements are on the rise, as more individuals are concerned about losing their assets in the wake of the recession. Prenups, when handled correctly, can protect an individual’s assets in the increasingly likely event of divorce. Without a prenup explicitly defining how assets should be divvied up, if a divorce occurs, any income earned […]

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Paying Children for Good Grades

by Luke Landes

I always encourage parents to find interesting ways to teach their children about responsible money management. When I do, I always lean toward behavior modeling. Children who, even at an early age, see their parents engaging in a positive relationship with money will subconsciously take what they observe to heart more than any explicit lessons […]

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Your Earliest Money Memory ($50 Giveaway)

by Luke Landes

Today is the first day of Giveaway May at Consumerism Commentary. Every weekday this month, I will be giving away a prize to a Consumerism Commentary reader. Keep reading this article to find out how you can win a $50 gift card from Amazon.com. Yesterday, Kate Levinson appeared as a guest on the Consumerism Commentary […]

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How to Financially Succeed as a Couple

by Elle

This is a guest article by Elle, the author of the blog Couple Money. Handling personal finances can be an intriguing, challenging, and rewarding process. Being married and handling finances can double those effects. My husband and I have learned through the years that working together can be powerfully effective and motivating. While every couple […]

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Change of Plans

by Smithee

This post is by staff writer Smithee, who may just be the financial opposite of Flexo. You’re going to think I’m crazy. At the very least, you’re going to think I haven’t learned how to live a financially responsible life. I’ve written here many times about my struggles with just making ends meet, and for […]

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