Archive for the ‘Money’ Category

Can I Make a Living as a Freelancer?

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Every working parent I know has had an ongoing struggle with the conflicting demands of parenting and the workplace. We want to be great parents and great workers, not to mention keep up with our friends, make room in our lives for our parents and occasionally get a decent meal on the table. Somehow, we […]

Best of the Forum: Sell, Rent or Buy new home?

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We are seeking any advice from this wise community. We are trying to upgrade from our starter home. Given that most sales are zero contingency and many are all cash (!), it will be impossible for us to do so without first selling our home, then renting temporarily while looking for our next home. We […]

Saving for College: A Starter Guide

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When it comes to saving for college, there are five important questions: How much should I save? On what schedule? In which kind of plan? Which state’s 529 plan? What underlying investments should I pick? You likely already know how important it is to save for your kids’ college education. You may have already started […]

Preparing for Unexpected Life Changes

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As a parent, you know that life can change in an instant, and that’s why you take steps to minimize your children’s risk or exposure. You invest in the very best car seats, cabinet locks, helmets and other protective gear—all in the name of keeping your children safe. Yet the most important protection for a […]

The Facts About Maternity Leave

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There are enough things to worry about when you’re pregnant. Figuring out when and how you can take maternity leave shouldn’t be one of them. Your human resources (HR) department should be able to tell you everything you need to know, but HR may not always up to speed. To ensure you receive the maximum […]

10 New Year’s Resolutions to Turn Your Finances Around in 2012

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Coming up with New Year’s resolutions is an annual tradition that forces people to reflect on which areas of their lives need improvements. If you’re considering what aspect of your finances you should tackle, there is no shortage of goals, challenges and things you could resolve to do better – or to simply do, once […]

9 Situations In Which a 529 Plan May Not Make Sense

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As a parent, you’ve probably by now heard the conventional wisdom: If your children plan on college (or you’re planning on college for them), a 529 college savings plan is a great way to save for tuition and expenses. In many states, contributions to 529 plans win you a tax deduction for state tax purposes, […]

Best of the Forum: Holiday Traditions & Tipping

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Holiday Traditions? Can anyone recommend a Christmas event in the area? I would like to do something special during the holiday season. I am looking for something that is low-key, that keeps Christmas magical and not commercial. Check out Festival of the Lights at Vasona Park (Los Gatos),

Are You Really Prepared for A New School Year?

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You’ve shopped for new clothes, bought their school supplies, enrolled them in after-school activities and arranged the carpool. Congratulations, you’re well on your way to starting the new school year on the right track. But what about next year and the years following? If your back-to-school checklist doesn’t include a plan for future education needs, […]

Time Flies. Who’s Navigating?

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You’re constantly on the go, worrying about nutrition, the right way to discipline, how to enrich your kids’ lives and finding time to make your marriage hum. You might not be taking enough time for yourself. But this article isn’t appearing in Working Mother—this is PAMP! So perhaps the best I can offer are quick […]

Financial Intelligence for New Parents

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Having a child impacts most parts of your life. Sleep deprivation and the abolishment of any “me” time are perhaps the most immediate and directly felt impacts, but there is also a significant change to your finances. As with all major life changes, being aware of the financial implications and having a plan for addressing […]

Allowance – A Teaching Tool for the Kids

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Talking about money and finances is not something that comes easily in our society. As a result, we do not talk often about money with our kids. However, handling finances is a life skill, and by starting early we can help our kids develop this important skill. One way to teach children about finances is […]

Make the Spa Financially Feasible

Cucumbers on your eyes. Subtle, new age music soothing you to near sleep. Soft, cushy pillows. The aromatic scent of candles and lotions…Ahh… The Spa Experience. You remember it, don’t you? From Before. Before the baby. Before sleepless nights. Before preschool drop-off or swimming lessons. Before you lost yourself to the responsibility (and, of course,