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To the Woman in the Line Next to Me at IKEA Sunday Night

You saw me with my daughter in the double stroller and my rambunctious son who was standing on the trolley being attended by my husband. My boy was playing with a $2 fake flower, and I repeatedly asked him to stop bending it. I was clearly frustrated, but too wrung out to deal with the fit that would surely happen if I forced him into a stroller. Finally I said something like, “Come on buddy, please stop that.” He looked me in the eye and said “No, Mommy, I will…

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6 Things to Do Now for the 2017 Tax Season

Tax season is upon us and you may be scrambling to get all your ducks in order. Every year we promise ourselves that we will be more organized and a bit wiser when it comes to tax season. It is our own fault when we do not get the most as we can back from tax season due to our poor skills in keeping track of receipts and papers organized. While 2016 may have been a bust, now is the time to make sure 2017 is your best tax season…

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How Not to Talk to Your Kid About Money #Ad

I know that title is a bit deceiving, but after reading Make Your Kid a Money Genius (Even If You’re Not) by Beth Kobliner I learned more about the things I was saying wrong than right! I don’t want you to focus on what you’re saying and doing wrong but more about ways to learn how to do it right. Beth Kobliner gives very insightful “teachable moments” for parents on how to really give your kids the knowledge they will need going into their little lives starting at three years…

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7 Ways to Make Your Kid a Money Genius #Ad

The thought of making my kids money genius is so foreign to me.  I mean, ask my husband if you want to know the truth. Growing up my mother showed me how to balance a checkbook but outside of that? I was on my own. And if I want to put it all out there to prove that my money thinking didn’t come out genius as a kid? I racked up crazy credit card debt in college. We’re talking thousands in credit card debt. Now, as a mother, my fear…

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How to Grocery Shop with Kids without Losing your Mind

Grocery shopping with kids seems to be one of the quickest ways to cause stress and create chaos for everyone involved. However, with a bit of planning (and some luck), you can understand how to grocery shop with kids without losing your mind. Make a list. Try to organize it by the sections in your store. Highlight the essentials (You’ll see why this is important later). Don’t bring your kids. Since you probably have to bring your kids, pick a time where the stars align: your kids are well-rested, well-fed, and…

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