Paying taxes is something your kids will have to deal with as adults. So why should you wait until your child’s first job to teach them about the basics of earning money and taxation?
You shouldn’t. You don’t have to either. Teach your kids by charging them the “Parent Tax.”
The Parent Tax is a simple concept: Children pay a flat-percentage tax to their parents on any money that comes into their
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Do you have a plan for the future? How about a set of goals? If you could do anything at all, what would it be?
Many of us are so busy with day-to-day life that we don’t have time to think about what we really want for the future. In fact, even if we do think about it, it can be a challenging and perplexing topic.
Goals are important. For many people,
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When it comes to great gift ideas, I always struggle — especially for people who have everything.
My family draws names every year as part of our annual Christmas gift exchange. It’s typically done a year in advance, on Christmas Day, long after all the presents have been opened, and everybody has stuffed themselves on our traditional cavatelli dinner.
I remember one year when I had the misfortune of pulling Uncle Paul’s
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According to CNN Money, the average wedding in 2012 cost $28,400. That’s some serious dough.
I know getting married is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime event, but is one night really worth that much? Where I live in central Iowa, $28,400 is enough money to put a down payment on a decent house!
Obviously, how much you spend on a wedding should depend on the financial situation of those who are paying
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The other day I came across an interesting article that suggested a healthy dose of skepticism was essential when you’re watching television commercials that make claims for both prescription and non-prescription drugs.
It turns out a study published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine found that 66% of claims made in television drug commercials were either misleading or flat-out false.
Actually, before paying for anything, a little skepticism can often go
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I love Halloween. It’s one of my favorite holidays — and based upon its mass appeal, apparently I’m not alone.
In fact, even though the wicked economy continues to put a scare into most people, when it comes to celebrating what was originally known as All Hallows’ Eve, spirits remain high.
So just how hot is Halloween? Well, it’s so popular that it’s downright spooky.
To prove it, here are a few bone-chilling
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When it comes to Halloween treats I consider my daughter, Nina, to be the ultimate authority.
Nobody loves sweets and desserts like Nina — especially those that contain chocolate.
Pity any future suitor who makes the “mistake” of getting her flowers over chocolate on Valentine’s Day. In fact, I always tell the Honeybee that, when Nina does start dating, if she ever brings home a boy I find to be less than
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Americans shell out $168 billion on home improvements and general maintenance every year — however, not all of that money ends up being well spent. Many people end up getting scammed by “drive-by” and otherwise unscrupulous contractors looking for an easy mark. Here are three of the most common home repair ripoffs you should be aware of:
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According to Wikipedia, more people are born during the months of September and October than any other time of the year.
Anecdotal evidence seems to back up Wikipedia’s claim — at least when it comes to my experience. For example, October is an especially busy month; I have close family members with birthdays on October 3rd, 10th, 11th, 13th, 18th and 28th. I have another close relative born on September 4th.
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If you ask me there are few things in life better than a warm chocolate chip cookie, fresh from the oven and accompanied with a little cold milk for dunking purposes.
As far as I’m concerned, the bar-none gold standard of chocolate chip cookies is the Nestle Toll House cookie.
In fact, a few weeks ago Nina and I whipped up a batch, as we like to occasionally do.
Normally, I faithfully follow
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