Let’s face it – kids are expensive! In fact, one recent study found one kiddo can cost up to $250,000 to raise to the age of 18… and that’s not including college costs. helps parents avoid common financial pitfalls caused by raising kids so you can stay on budget and achieve your financial goals as a family.

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Americans Agree with Research: They Aren’t Financially Literate

April 26, 2017 | Dori Zinn

You probably don’t know enough about financial literacy, and your parents are to blame for it.

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Kids Spend All Their Money on Apps

April 12, 2017 | Dori Zinn

What do young kids spend all their money on? And how are they making that money in the first place?

Shhh: I’m Giving You Money

April 10, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Aging Americans want to leave an inheritance, but don’t want to talk about it.

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The Ripple Effect of Ripped-Off Seniors

April 6, 2017 | Dori Zinn

When elder relatives get financially abused, caregivers struggle to keep them afloat.

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When It Comes To Private School, We Don’t Mind The Costs

April 4, 2017 | Joe Pye

Tuition increases don’t affect school enrollment – if anything, they make schools seem more valuable.

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No Parents, You Can’t Have It All

March 22, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Parents are downsizing and delaying retirement to make sure their kids and their savings are both in tact.

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The 3 Golden Rules of Lending to Friends and Family

March 3, 2017 | Money Talks News

Here’s what to say when a relative or friend hits you up for a loan.

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How Can I Teach My Children To Be Entrepreneurs?

January 26, 2017 | John Rampton

If you do, they’ll grow up better human beings, even if they never become an entrepreneur.

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Millennial Parents are Surviving Because of Their Parents

January 24, 2017 | Dori Zinn

Grandparents that are more willing to help out are saving their millennial children tens of thousands of dollars a year in child-rearing.

Can working moms work?

How to Make Babies Without Going Into Debt

January 23, 2017 | Lucy Lazarony

Two couples share their advice for coping with added expenses of a new bundle of joy.

How to Have A Debt-Free Baby

December 15, 2016 | Michelle Bryan

Ryan Lochte’s fiancee is pregnant. How is the money-savvy couple handling it?

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Ask The Expert: Do I Have To Pay For My Ex-Husband’s Decisions?

November 16, 2016 | Steve Rhode

A reader is worried that her ex sent her son to a pricey college without telling her.

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Candy Isn’t Just for the Kids

October 31, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most parents check their kid’s candy before letting them eat it, also so they can eat it

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Women Face More Financial Setbacks When Taking a Career Break

October 20, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Women who take career breaks could face a retirement savings shortfall of nearly $1.3 million.

Ask The Expert: When Does A Small Business Become A Big Problem?

October 19, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A mother has the money to lend her daughter for a jewelry business, but she’s not sure it’s a good idea.

America Saves Week

Ask The Expert: My Husband Hates 529 Plans. Is He Right?

September 21, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to save now for their infant son’s college, but her spouse has serious doubts.

Millennials can't save? Not true

What A Millennial Thinks Is His Generation’s Greatest Weakness

September 20, 2016 |

It’s their dependency on their parents for financial decisions.

Millennials Care More About Happiness Than Money

September 19, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Income is last on the list for what young people want out of work, and it’s affecting how they interpret the value of money.

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Dvorkin On Debt: A Clever Way To Teach Kids About Money

September 19, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Focus on the parents first, then persuade them to teach their children.

Want to make your donation to charity count? Do your homework.

Ask The Expert: How Do I Convince My Kid To Take My Money?

September 7, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to help her son start a pool-cleaning service, but he refuses to let her.

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Ask The Expert: Should I Marry This Guy?

August 31, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader wants to convince her parents that her boyfriend shouldn’t be judged on his lack of money.

Don't settle for high rent rates.

Ask The Expert: Should We Charge Our Daughter Rent?

August 24, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader thinks it will teach her a lesson, but his wife isn’t so sure.

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Ask The Expert: How Can I Save My Kids?

August 17, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Debt isn’t bad for new businesses, but too many entrepreneurs use it wrong.

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Most Kids Expect Parents to Pay for Any College They Want

August 8, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Most kids already anticipate their parents paying for college, regardless of what institution it is.

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Ask The Expert: Co-Sign For My Kid’s Student Loan?

June 29, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s daughter is pleading with him, but he’s hesitating till he hears from Howard.


10 Tips for Parents Hoping to Live on One Income

June 7, 2016 | Money Talks News

Dread leaving your kids each morning? Follow these tips and you’ll be staying home with them in no time.

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Ask The Expert: How Much Do I Owe My Children? [VIDEO]

February 17, 2016 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader doesn’t want to deny her daughter anything, but her husband does.

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Talk To My Parents About Money?

December 16, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is frustrated because his elderly parents are spending too much.

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Ask The Expert: How Do I Help My Broke Mom?

December 9, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader’s mother has $37,000 in credit card debt. Her son thinks he found a loophole.

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Still Supporting Your Adult Kids? 5 Steps To Set Them Free

December 1, 2015 | Money Talks News

They need to become independent. Wean your children financially with love and respect.

Dvorkin On Debt: Best and Worst States for Families

November 30, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

Where you live can makes it more expensive to raise your children. Or cheaper.

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10 Affordable Father-Daughter Dates

October 20, 2015 |

Making precious memories doesn’t require spending big bucks.

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Ask The Expert: How Much Do I Need To Save For Retirement?

May 20, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader is overwhelmed by all the information out there, so Howard talks to her directly in a video.

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How Millennials Can Get The Best Deals On Health Insurance

May 20, 2015 | Jess Miller

It’s easier than the stuff you already do, so just do it.

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What Millionaires And The Middle Class Have In Common

May 14, 2015 | Jess Miller

Both groups are hesitant to leave behind large inheritances, but not for the reasons you might expect.

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Working Mom Math: When Is Working Really Worth It?

May 10, 2015 | Ellen Eldridge

You know the dilemma: Will I make more than I spend on child care and other expenses?

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Millionaires: 5 Ways They’re Just Like Us!

May 7, 2015 | Jess Miller

Millionaires are expected to have it all, but here’s why they fear losing it — and what you can learn from them.

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Financial Illiteracy Month Part V: 5 Ways to Make Your Kids Financial Failures

April 29, 2015 | Brian Bienkowski

Educating your kids now produces smart money managers in the future.

America Saves

America Saves, But Not Equally

April 13, 2015 | Jess Miller

Believe it or not, your sex determines what and how much you save.

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Getting Personal With Your Children’s Finances

April 6, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

You need to have “the talk” with your kids — about money.

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Ask The Expert: Pay Child Support Or Student Loans First?

March 31, 2015 | Howard Dvorkin, CPA

A reader has two big debts and not enough money to pay off both.

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Forget Your Kids’ College, Save For Retirement

March 24, 2015 | Brandon Ballenger

Parents are making sure their kids don’t learn the best lesson college can teach — financial independence.

The Top 4 Party Schools To Apply For

March 10, 2015 | Jess Miller

Where you should go to college if you’re looking to do equal parts drinking and studying.

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Can the Tooth Fairy Accurately Predict the Stock Market?

March 5, 2015 | Jess Miller

Something as simple as a lost tooth might give clues about the nation’s economic outlook.

10 Dumb Things People Say When They Find Out I Don’t Have (And Never Want) Children

October 23, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

And what I say to shut them the hell up.

A credit card for kids isn't a bad idea

How Young Should Your Child Be To Get A Credit Card?

October 22, 2014 | Jason Steele

Would you trust your 7-year-old with a credit card? Maybe you should.

The daddy bonus sucks once you consider childcare

Daddy bonus? Not so much — and it’s worse for Mommy

October 14, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

CNN says having kids boost men’s pay, but Dads won’t see a payoff for 15+ years, and Moms never do.

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This week around the web

October 3, 2014 | Jess Miller

Delayed gratification is a good thing, as is helping your kids out with college — as long as you’re on track for retirement.

5 top toys to watch for this holiday season

September 23, 2014 | Jess Miller

The onslaught of toy lists has begun. Here’s where to buy and get it over with.

Another royal baby on the way

Another royal baby? Share your saving strategy and win $50

September 9, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

Prince William and wife Catherine are expecting a second child. They don’t have to worry about paying for it, but we want your advice anyway.