Monthly Archives: July 2012

Why Stores May Be Charging You a Fee to Use Your Credit Card and What It Could Mean for Your Family

07/27/2012
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Why Stores May Be Charging You a Fee to Use Your Credit Card and What It Could Mean for Your Family

Are you sick of hearing about new fees? Well, the latest one isn’t coming from Bank of America. It’s being brought to you by retailers. The story is long and complicated, but there is a reason why stores may be charging you to use a credit card and it has implications for your family’s...

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Overanalyzing the Numbers behind the Family Grocery Bill

07/23/2012
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Overanalyzing the Numbers behind the Family Grocery Bill

I have nothing against people who like to come up with systems and plans for tackling the family grocery bill. There are some people who can simply set a weekly limit on their grocery budget and make it work. I’m not that kind of person. When I was a kid my favorite sesame street...

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Average Family Spending On Back-to-School Shopping in 2012

07/19/2012
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Average Family Spending On Back-to-School Shopping in 2012

Summer vacation. It’s time for children to get a break from studies, hang out with friends, sit by the pool and get into all kinds of trouble. In other words, the summer was a blast, but parents are ready for the fall to start and it is fast approaching. But, before your kids get...

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Carnival of MoneyPros: Blogging, Being Married and Staying Married While Blogging Edition

07/15/2012
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Carnival of MoneyPros: Blogging, Being Married and Staying Married While Blogging Edition

If something as small as video gaming can lead 75% of spouses to marriage misery, how does blogging affect a marriage? Research from Brigham Young studied how online role playing video games affected marital bliss. To no one’s surprise, surveys found that the way to your lover’s heart is not by attaining level 80....

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Is a Prepaid Debit Card a Good Way to Teach Your College Student about Credit Cards?

07/12/2012
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Is a Prepaid Debit Card a Good Way to Teach Your College Student about Credit Cards?

  The average college student has over $3,100 in credit card debt. Is a prepaid debit card a good way to teach your child about how to manage a credit card and avoid the norm? Many young adults head off to college thinking the credit card in their pocket is magical. Suddenly, there is...

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Can I Trick You Into Giving Me Ideas for Content and Top Family Finance Posts #8

07/09/2012
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Can I Trick You Into Giving Me Ideas for Content and Top Family Finance Posts #8

If you blog, I highly recommend throwing things against the wall and for a number of reasons: 1)      You can throw whatever you like 2)      You get to throw it as hard as you can 3)      Both 1 and 2 feel great 4)      Sometimes, the thing hits the wall and sticks so you get...

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How Does the Average Family Budget Compare to Yours?

07/06/2012
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How Does the Average Family Budget Compare to Yours?

Would you be insulted if you were average in the romance department? How would you like to be called an average performer at your job? Do your friends think that you look average compared to everyone else? I’d say your average person dislikes being average. Average has almost become a pejorative in American culture....

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You Should Get an Emergency Fund and Reduce Debt: Top Ten Family Finances Posts #7

07/03/2012
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You Should Get an Emergency Fund and Reduce Debt: Top Ten Family Finances Posts #7

I don’t think my sister would appreciate me sharing this on the internet, but she’s in a financial bind and it’s because she doesn’t have an emergency fund. In the grand scheme of putting your family finances together, paying off debt is important, but an emergency fund is essential. The Right Choice in a...

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