September 9th, 2014

Raising a Child Now Costs $245,000

Raising a Child Now Costs $245,000

It’s no surprise that raising a kid is expensive, but just how expensive is it? According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, raising a child born in 2013 until they turn 18 will cost about $245,000 on average. The good news is that this is only a 1.8 percent increase from 2012, which makes it the smallest increase since 2009.

The estimate includes housing, food, transportation, clothing, health care, education, child care and miscellaneous costs. Location and income are key influencers. Parents who make more tend to spend more on their children. Families in the urban Northeast average $282,480 a year, almost $100,000 more than what families in rural areas spend.

However, one very expensive thing is missing – the cost of college. U.S. News reported last year that the average in-state tuition at a public college is a little less than $9,000, while average tuition for a private college is about $30,000. If you or your child decides to take out a student loan, it could set you back $27,000 on average.

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August 20th, 2014

New Federal Reserve Data Calls the Economic Recovery into Question

New Federal Reserve Data Calls the Economic Recovery into Question

According to the Federal Reserve, the economic recovery may not be going as smoothly as some might insist. A newly released study indicates that, as of late 2013, 68 percent of American households hadn’t seen significant financial improvement since 2008. Overall, in fact, there were more households that reported further deterioration than those that reported improvement.

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July 21st, 2014

Many Americans Have Less Than Three Months in Emergency Funds

Many Americans Have Less Than Three Months in Emergency Funds

Each month, Bankrate’s Financial Security Index attempts to capture the American financial climate. The biggest, and most concerning, takeaway from the June survey is that half of Americans have no more than a few months’ expenses saved away.

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September 13th, 2013

Link Roundup: Several Good Reasons to Not Contribute to Your 401(k)

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Several Good Reasons to Not Contribute to Your 401(k) "A very common piece of advice that’s given about retirement is that of maxing out a 401K plan at work. More than a few people, including professional financial advisors, will tell you that this is a way to make sure that your retirement is truly golden. While we’re not saying that, for most people, this is an sage advice, it’s not for everyone. The fact is, there is no single universal rule for retirement planning and indeed, everyone has a set of unique circumstances, goals or needs determining what their correct course of action should be. In some cases, putting all of your money into your 401(k) might not be the best idea. In fact, we’ve put together several reasons to not contribute. Enjoy." So Over This

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June 27th, 2013

Link Roundup: Lower Your Expenses By Living Like Those In Other Countries

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Lower Your Expenses By Living Like Those In Other Countries "The first time you visit another country, especially if it is a country with a lower standard of living than the United States, you may be shocked... If you’d like to save money or just be more environmentally and financially responsible, why not pretend that you live like those in other countries? Here are some ways you can start:"Bible Money Matters

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April 8th, 2013

Make a College Savings Plan for Your Kids (or Yourself) on a Budget

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Even if your child hasn’t yet learned to walk, it’s never too early to start saving and budgeting for his or her college education. In these tough economic times, when it comes to creating and adhering to a successful savings plan for college, you may need to work over the long term to save enough money. In order to get a substantial head start on the rising cost of tuition, it’s a good idea to have several eggs in your basket when you're budgeting for college.

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March 27th, 2012

What Is a Roth IRA?

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Guess what? I’ve got a fever. And the only prescription... is more Roth IRA education! When Good Financial Cents blogger Jeff Rose asked a class of graduating college seniors if they had ever heard of a Roth IRA, out of the 50 class participants, no one raised their hand. (To be frank, I wouldn’t have been raising my hand in my day, either.)

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December 16th, 2011

Friday Roundup: 6 Ways to Waste Money During the Holidays

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6 Ways to Waste Money During the Holidays "What’s a few extra dollars here or there when holiday sales offer such a banquet of deals? It can’t hurt to blow the budget once a year. After all, you won’t have to pay down those credit cards until January, right? Wrong! No matter how caught up you get in the holiday-spending spirit, you should never compromise your budget and financial health. Here are six common ways holiday shoppers waste money, along with practical solutions to avoid such overspending." Financial Highway

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December 14th, 2011

Wednesday Roundup: 3 Ways to Recover from a Holiday Spending Hangover

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3 Ways to Recover from a Holiday Spending Hangover "There is still time before the holidays, but if you’re already feeling anxious about how much you have/will spend, don’t despair because you can recover – just don’t use breaking the budget a little bit as a justification for breaking it a ton! Here are a few tips that will help you get back on track and pay off the credit cards and/or get your bank balance back up." MoneyNing

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December 7th, 2011

Broke Gal in NYC, Part 3: Frugal Finds at Holiday Time

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November was another busy month filled with saving, consulting, budgeting, and in the final week of the month, a new job! I start another part time job this week with a local urban environmental organization, and I couldn’t be more excited. I took Justine’s advice and started shaving money off my daily budget bit by bit and decided to challenge myself by seeing how long I could go without spending. I made it four days, a new personal record.

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