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Raising Money-Smart Kids

Gifts for Grads to Build Good Money Habits
college

Gifts for Grads to Build Good Money Habits

Today’s graduates aren’t destined to share the same fate as past generations, so it’s important for them to ramp up their money skills.
May 13, 2020
Finding the Best Savings Account After the Coronavirus Interest Rate Cuts
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Finding the Best Savings Account After the Coronavirus Interest Rate Cuts

Savers searching for top yields should check out our list of the top online banks.
March 26, 2020
How Teens Can Start Investing Through a Roth IRA
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How Teens Can Start Investing Through a Roth IRA

By beginning to invest in a Roth IRA at an early age, today’s teens can become tomorrow’s millionaires.
October 3, 2019
The College Debit Card Trap
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The College Debit Card Trap

High fees can make branded cards a bad deal.
August 1, 2019
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How to Use a Grandparent’s 529 Account to Reimburse College Expenses
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How to Use a Grandparent’s 529 Account to Reimburse College Expenses

Through timely withdrawals and good recordkeeping, a grandparent’s 529 college-savings plan can help families recoup money spent on college.
July 23, 2019

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What to Do (and Not Do) When the Market Drops
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What to Do (and Not Do) When the Market Drops

Things are pretty wild on Wall Street right now, but before you make any moves, read this.
December 12, 2018
Legal Documents for College Students
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Legal Documents for College Students

You lose some of your parental rights once your offspring turn 18, but they can obtain legal documents that will allow you to intercede on their behal…
August 3, 2018
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How to Buy Stocks for Kids
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How to Buy Stocks for Kids

Start investing on behalf of your kids by opening an account on Stockpile.
August 1, 2018
How to Turn a Teen’s Summer Wages into Millions
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How to Turn a Teen’s Summer Wages into Millions

You’re never too young to open a Roth IRA if you earn money from a job. If you invest in a Roth IRA early—and continually over decades—modest sums can…
July 27, 2018
Kids and Money
savings

Kids and Money

Here's how to teach your children the value of money, establish an allowance system and get them to save.
March 5, 2018
5 Cheap Things to Do With Kids When School Is Out
spending

5 Cheap Things to Do With Kids When School Is Out

Keep to a budget while keeping your children busy during breaks.
July 11, 2017
6 Ways to Trim the Cost of Car Insurance for a Teen Driver
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6 Ways to Trim the Cost of Car Insurance for a Teen Driver

Your teen may qualify for discounts, but first shop around for less-pricey coverage
June 30, 2017
What Kids Starting Jobs Should Know About Taxes
taxes

What Kids Starting Jobs Should Know About Taxes

Income from your child's summer job can help fund a long-term financial plan.
June 16, 2017
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Why Financial Education Works
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Why Financial Education Works

Money skills learned young will pay off in the long run.
April 24, 2017
Financial (and Emotional) Lessons from Dropping My Daughter Off at College for the First Time
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Financial (and Emotional) Lessons from Dropping My Daughter Off at College for the First Time

Opening a 529 plan early and contributing often helped ease the financial burden of my child's education and let me focus on the difficulty of sending…
August 29, 2016
5 Smart Ways to Boost Profits at Your Lemonade Stand – or Any Small Business
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5 Smart Ways to Boost Profits at Your Lemonade Stand – or Any Small Business

Make your lemonade stand stand out from the pack with these simple tips.
August 10, 2016
Roth IRAs Are for Kids, Too
retirement

Roth IRAs Are for Kids, Too

Children of any age can open a Roth IRA as long as they have earnings from a job. The long-term rewards are impressive.
July 22, 2016
The Tooth Fairy Is Leaving Less Under Pillows These Days
savings

The Tooth Fairy Is Leaving Less Under Pillows These Days

The average amount that the Tooth Fairy gives kids is down 10% from last year.
February 27, 2016
8 Rules for Raising Money Smart Kids
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8 Rules for Raising Money Smart Kids

When I wrote my first column about kids and money in the 1990s, the hot topic was whether to buy Pump sneakers, one of the first items of kids' appare…
January 16, 2016
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4 Great Ways to Give Investments to Kids
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4 Great Ways to Give Investments to Kids

We show you how to give youngsters small amounts at low cost to get them started on the capitalist road to prosperity.
November 12, 2015
How A Dollar Saved by Your Child Can Become Two Dollars Earned
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How A Dollar Saved by Your Child Can Become Two Dollars Earned

Company 401(k) and similar retirement plans are great models for family savings plans, too.
October 30, 2015
10 Reasons Millennials Should Pledge to Own Stocks
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10 Reasons Millennials Should Pledge to Own Stocks

Something's wrong with the retirement nest eggs of millennials.
October 13, 2015
7 Hidden College Costs
college

7 Hidden College Costs

When budgeting for your prospective college student’s four years on campus, it’s easy (and perhaps tempting) to think your costs are limited to the li…
August 31, 2015
The Value of Summer Jobs for Teens
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The Value of Summer Jobs for Teens

Teenagers still have time to get summer jobs, and they might even learn a thing or two about managing money along the way.
June 24, 2015
A License to Spoil the Grandkids
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A License to Spoil the Grandkids

How can grandparents indulge our grandkids without going overboard?
May 5, 2015