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Should You Really Be Saving for Your Kid’s College Tuition?

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Thanks for visiting Mainstream Mom. If you subscribe via Email , you'll get educational tips and resources on money management sent straight to you, for free!As a lawyer, estate planning consultant, and writer, I talk to a lot of parents…
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7 Signs You May Need a Financial Spanking

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Being young and single without a care about budgeting, or retirement planning is acceptable – to a certain degree. Priorities are skewed and responsibilities are less. However, being a mom with children, it’s down right careless. Yes, it’s unfortunate financial…
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Top 5 Most Extravagant Gifts

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From your outdoorsy coworker to your fashionista sister, no matter who you need to buy for, gift giving can quickly get out of hand, even on a normal budget. Imagine how crazy the Christmas season would become if you were…
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Have You Chosen a Guardian for Your Child?

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As a lawyer, estate planning consultant, and writer, I talk to a lot of parents about planning for their family’s financial future. And I’ve noticed that certain questions come up over and over again, regardless of how many children you…
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Free Ways to Make Someone’s Day

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Doing nice things for people makes you feel better and lifts your mood. But not everyone can give someone a brand new car like Oprah!  Here’s a list of small gestures you can do to improve someone’s day for free:…
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Giving the Gift of Moderation

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How to Ring in the Holidays by Reigning in Gift-Giving Expenses Well, the turkey has been digested, Central Park’s tree is glowing LED-bulb bright, and the “days until Christmas” can be counted in hours. That can mean only one thing:…
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Staying Out of Debt During the Holidays

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My mom was the most thoughtful gift giver. Christmas was no exception. It was as if she could read my mind (well into my adulthood) and buy me the exact thing I had been wanting or needing. I never even…
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Do You Spend Your Kids Money?

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As a lawyer, estate planning consultant, and writer, I talk to a lot of parents about planning for their family’s financial future. And I’ve noticed that certain questions come up over and over again, regardless of how many children you…
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Budget Hacks for Holiday Spending

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With holiday shopping comes an extra dose of tempting, delicious-looking deals. For some reason, glitter, lights, bells, and cookies seem to impair judgement of our normally rationally-minded selves. Consequently, budgets are cast by the way-side, and impulse-buying runs amok. Don’t…
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Saving Money, Pennies at a Time: Calculating Price per Ounce

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As the price of your grocery bill goes up and your budget is most likely decreasing, it is important to trim down costs on your weekly shopping trip anyway you can. Calculating the price per ounce or price per diaper…
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Three Steps To A Better Estate Plan

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Thanksgiving dinner, Christmas catalogs, Hanukkah menorahs – the season is here! And in the blink of an eye, it will be time to make (and keep) those New Year’s resolution for 2012. For parents, I believe the most important resolution…
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