May 23rd, 2012

Money as You Grow: Financial Education, with a Little Help from the White House


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Not sure how to start talking to your kids about money? Don’t worry, the President has your back.

The White House has just launched a new interactive website, Money as You Grow, to help kids and parents communicate more effectively about money. Claiming to have “20 Things Kids Need to Know to Live Financially Smart Lives,” this new site covers basic money talking points during four growth stages.

During your child’s crucial preschool development stage, the website suggests covering basic money concepts, such as the difference between “needs” and “wants,” that people work in order to earn money, and that you may have to wait until you have enough money before you buy something.

For elementary school kids, the site gives tips on learning more detailed money concepts. Parents should be teaching their kids things like how to make money-spending choices, how to compare prices before buying, and how to put money away into a savings account.

The new website gives more concrete activities for middle schoolers, like saving at least a dime for every dollar you receive, being cautious about entering personal information online, and the basics of compound interest.

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March 9th, 2012

Review: Barclaycard Ring Card Brings Crowdsourcing to the Credit Card Industry

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Have you ever wanted to pick your credit cards features? The new Barclaycard Ring MasterCard might just let you do that. Barclays US, the payments business of Barclays in the United States, recently announced the new Barclaycard Ring as the “first social credit card.”

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February 24th, 2012

Friday Roundup: Tooth Fairy Cost Cutting Points to Still Struggling Economy

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Tooth Fairy Cost Cutting Points to Still Struggling Economy. "Some people might look to the Dow Jones industrial average or the state of local business to figure out where the economy is headed, but a poll released this week indicates they need look no further than their kids' bedrooms. More specifically, under their children's pillows." Live Science

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February 20th, 2012

Monday Roundup: How to Get the Best Online Deals

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How to Get the Best Online Deals. "To me, one of the most frustrating things is paying for something online and then finding out later I could have gotten it cheaper elsewhere. This sometimes happens when a new online sale pops up or a coupon or voucher code gets released. But, through these frustrations – I’ve learned a few things about finding the best online deals before I hit the purchase button. And, I’d like to share those with you." Three Thrifty Guys

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February 17th, 2012

Friday Roundup: Go It Alone

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Go It Alone. "Have you ever wanted to be your own boss? Did you dream of starting your own business when you were young? If you are not self-employed now, what is stopping you? Is it not the right time? The timing is never perfect, but at some point in your life, the opportunity to go it alone will surface. I’ll share some stories with you today." Retire by 40

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February 17th, 2012

CFPB Update: Supervising Credit Bureaus and Debt Collectors

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The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) recently announced its latest efforts to supervise two major aspects of the financial industry): oversight of large debt collectors and credit reporting agencies.

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February 8th, 2012

Wednesday Roundup: Life Lessons From 6 Famous Failures

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Life Lessons From 6 Famous Failures. "Have you ever met a successful person who did not encounter some failures along the way? I know I haven’t … it seems that failure is inextricably blended into the pathway toward success. Fortunately for us, some very famous people have traveled this path. What can we learn from these famous failures?" Christian Personal Finance

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February 3rd, 2012

Friday Roundup: Homer Simpson’s Top Ten Business Ideas

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Homer Simpson’s Top Ten Business Ideas. "I’ve been a fan of The Simpsons from the very beginning when they started out as a cartoon short during the Tracey Ullman Show. The characters have changed quite a bit over the years and none more so than Homer Simpson. In early episodes, Homer was a hard-working father with good intentions who just never seemed to catch a break. These days he’s little more than a buffoon bouncing from one comic adventure to the next." Saving Money Today

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February 1st, 2012

Wednesday Roundup: Burger-nomics: Is a $26 hamburger worth it?

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Burger-nomics: Is a $26 hamburger worth it? "The hamburger, as we know, is more than a beef patty nestled between two pieces of bread. It can come smothered with grilled onions, American cheese, lettuce, tomato, a secret sauce reminiscent of thousand island dressing, and sold for $3.75 like a cheeseburger from drive thru burger joint In-N-Out in Southern California. Or it can use high quality beef blends — dry-aged rib eye, skirt steak, brisket, and short rib — and cost $26 like Minetta Tavern's Black Label Burger in New York City" Bundle

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January 27th, 2012

Friday Roundup: Money Problems Are All I Have

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Money Problems Are All I Have. "The caller ID showed an incoming call from the wife of a couple with which my wife and I are close friends. I answered the phone with a quickly forgotten humorous remark as the voice on the other end was shaky, asking for a favor. Our friend and her teenage daughter were having a huge argument and they needed a third party to step in and mediate the situation." Enemy of Debt

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