100 Words On: A Surefire Way to Teach Kids the Value of Money

One of the more difficult jobs any parent faces is teaching their kids the value of a dollar.  Sadly, some kids never learn that money doesn’t grow on trees.

It may seem cruel, but parents who aren’t afraid to let their kids spend their money on ill-advised purchases — especially those with limited shelf lives — are actually doing them a favor.  Experience is a terrific teacher and, with respect to

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Why I Love Christmas: A Guest Post from My Daughter, Nina

Dear Readers: I am still swamped at work so I have gone into the archives to rerun this guest post from my daughter, Nina. She originally wrote the piece three years ago (on December 24, 2010) when she was just 11-years-old. I have to admit, rereading her article was bittersweet — if only because it reminded me that my little girl is growing up faster than I would like. They

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If I Got to Pick the Gifts in ‘The 12 Days of Christmas’…

I don’t mean to sound like a scrooge, but when it comes to Christmas carols, “The 12 Days of Christmas” has got to be the most annoying one of them all, even when Burl Ives sings it — and nobody sings Christmas carols like Burl Ives.

Okay, you could argue that Bing Crosby gives Burl a run for his money, but that’s another post for another time.

The bottom line is this:

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3 Reasons Why Imposing a 'Parent Tax’ on Your Kids Is a Good Idea

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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How to Make Your Dreams Come True -- Even on a Tight Budget!

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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9 Great Gift Ideas for People Who Have Everything

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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How to Have a Beautiful Wedding AND Exotic Honeymoon for Under $5000

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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8 Misleading Claims People Often Make To Close a Deal

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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18 Frightening Financial Facts You Didn't Know About Halloween

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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10 Unique Halloween Treats That Kids Love -- But Rarely Get!

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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