Back when my kids were still in elementary school, my wife and I fiercely resisted the trend to provide our kids with cell phones. Admittedly, it was a bit easier to do so just a few years ago when not quite everyone had given a phone to every child over the age of five. As it turned out, we got phones for them a couple of years earlier than we planned on doing so, but a … [Read more...] about What is the Right Age to Give Your Child a Cell Phone?
In the realm of household finances, clothing is what you might call a “soft cost." There’s no fixed expense, no monthly bill to pay, in fact in many homes it might not even rate a line item in the family budget. Until you have children! And once you do, the money you pay to keep them dressed seems to quietly expand until they become teenagers, when it becomes—how can I … [Read more...] about 4 Ways to Save Money on Your Kids Clothing
Buying a car can be one of life’s greatest pleasures, but buying your teenage son or daughter their first car can be…gut-wrenching! It’s tough enough to realize that your little boy or girl isn’t so little anymore. Or that they’ll be on the road driving--alone--with the same lunatics you’re on the road with everyday on the way to work. But then there are the costs of adding … [Read more...] about New Car or Used Car for a Teen Driver?