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Feature Articles: Family Finances


Involve youth and teens in family budgeting

With the technology youth have grown up with, they’re quite accustomed to convenient, automatic and sometimes mindless purchasing. Keeping track of how we spend is an important lesson for anyone. The earlier youth learn important financial lessons like this, the better off they will be in the future...more


Back-to-school shopping good time to teach children about money

Many families are busy with buying new clothes, shoes, book bags and school supplies. Because these expenses are related to children, this is a great time to begin helping them learn to handle money...more


Checking Accounts – Your History Follows You

Most employers expect to direct deposit paychecks. Imagine that upon graduation, you have to explain to your first employer you’re not eligible to have a checking account because of poor financial management during college...more


College Students Using Student Loans to Bail Out of Credit Card Debt

College students are using student loans to bail out of credit card debt, leading to poor real-world money management skills and future financial burdens. Parents and students need to empower themselves by making informed choices...more


Banking Services

Part of the Learning for Better Living Series--pdf available in English and Spanish
Your money needs to be safe. It is up to you to choose where you want to deposit your money. There are banks, savings and loan associations and credit unions. They offer a variety of services...more


Children and allowances

Are you trying to decide if you should give your child an allowance? Wondering how much money is appropriate for your child? Should they be paid for chores? Following are some guidelines to consider when making this decision...more


Families and money management

It's usually a bad idea when one spouse takes charge of all the finances. Should one become incapacitated or die, the other spouse may be lost...more


Poverty Trends

The word "poverty" brings different images to mind for different people. Some may think of a homeless person; others may think of a mother who is not able to make ends meet; still others may think of a third-world nation and starvation. more...


What does it cost to raise a child?

Raising children takes a great deal of time, energy and resources. Parents, educators, organizations and governments may ask, “What does it cost to raise a child?” The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has estimated the annual costs of raising a child from birth to age 17 since 1960 and shares the numbers in the Expenditures on Children by Families report...more



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