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How I’m Making it Work As a Single Mother in College

by Cara Cortez April 15, 2014

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Going back to college at age 25 last year wasn’t an easy decision for me. I went to college at age 18, but took a break to work and earn a living. When I was 20, I became pregnant with my boyfriend’s child. As hard as we tried, the relationship didn’t work out, and we […]

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How Four Families Plan to Pay for College

by Melissa Batai April 1, 2014

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Do you have a plan to pay for your child’s education?  If not, you may be feeling a bit panicked.  After all, a college degree these days is as essential as a high school diploma used to be 40 years ago. Yet, without a plan, you may wonder how your child will ever be able […]

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5 Pins That Inspired Us This Week – March 29, 2014

by Sarah Chang March 29, 2014

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Saturday is here and we’re thinking Spring! It’s been a rough winter for so many of us, but this weekend we’re looking forward – and thinking about ways we can get this season started off right. From budgeting, to cooking, to getting your side hustle going, here’s what inspired us this week. Having trouble with […]

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5 Creative Ways to Handle the High Cost of Childcare

by Melissa Batai March 17, 2014

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If you live in an urban area and you’re a parent, you likely know that childcare is expensive  – in particular daycare. Getting your child into a quality daycare can be as competitive as getting them into a good college when they’re older. I live outside the suburbs of Chicago, and at my first choice […]

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How to Make a Budget and Stick to It

by Melissa Batai February 24, 2014

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When my husband and I were first married, we didn’t have much money coming in.  Our expenses were fairly straightforward, and we had to stick to a budget or we would go into debt because we didn’t have enough money. Then, when our income increased, we became a bit lazier about money–until we had children. […]

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Children and Money: How to Discuss Money with Your Kids

by Melissa Batai February 19, 2014

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Any parent knows that kids are always watching you and learning from you.  This comes out when you see your child scold her doll the exact same way you scolded her earlier in the day, for instance. A few years ago, I learned I was setting a very poor financial example when I heard my […]

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5 Unexpected Pregnancy Expenses and How to Manage Them

by Catherine Alford February 4, 2014

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I am only a few weeks away from giving birth to boy/girl twins, and as much as I’ve planned and prepared for their arrival, I am still surprised at the number of unexpected expenses that have popped up – above and beyond the whole “buying two of everything” issue. I am still learning how to […]

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How to Financially Prepare for an Unexpected Pregnancy

by Catherine Alford January 21, 2014

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If you or anyone you know has ever had an unexpected pregnancy, you know all of the emotions and shock that come with it. To begin with, it might take a few weeks to get used to the idea. Then you have to tell your family and assess how you will handle this huge change […]

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How I’m Financially Preparing for My First Baby

by Catherine Alford January 14, 2014

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Being pregnant is a really exciting – and somewhat nerve wracking – time. At least, these are the emotions I’ve felt while preparing for my twins, who will be born in April. As a first time mom, there are so many things to buy and so many mixed messages from friends, families, and magazines about […]

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5 Gifts to Give Yourself Before Year End

by Ashley Feinstein December 30, 2013

Gifts to Give to Yourself

During the holiday season we tend to spend a lot of time and money on gifts for others. Here are six gifts you should commit to gifting to yourself before year-end – and they’ll even benefit those you love and care for as well. The Gift of Wealth While you don’t need to be spending […]

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Growing Up with a Single Mom: What Her Financial Struggles Taught Me About Money

by Daisy D December 16, 2013

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When I was 8, my dad went on a long business trip. I didn’t see him for a couple of months, and eventually the reason why became apparent – my mom told my brother and I that they were getting a divorce. Even before my parent’s divorce, my mom had been running the household on […]

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How to Teach Your Children the True Spirit of Christmas (and Stop Spending)

by Sarah Chang December 6, 2013

How To Keep The Holidays from Getting Out Of Control

As a child, I didn’t understand the fatigue my parents experienced during the holiday season. Now I have two daughters, December’s only begun, and I’m already exhausted.  My 4.5 year old began a Christmas list far before Thanksgiving, and recently it seems that I hear “I want for Christmas, I need for Christmas” on an […]

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Kate White, Former Cosmo Editor-in-Chief ‘s Secret Weapons for Success for Every Generation (Part 2)

by Adrienne Sanders November 15, 2013

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Kate White knows a few things about getting ahead. During her 14 years as its editor-in-chief, Cosmo grew to 3 million in the U.S. and expanded into 64 countries. While helping to turn Cosmo into the most popular women’s magazine on newsstands, she raised two children and authored several books of business advice for women […]

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Is The Prepaid College 529 Plan Worth It?

by Sarah Chang September 26, 2013

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If you have children, you’re most likely thinking (or sweating) about the prospective cost of a college education. And by the time most of us are ready to start sending our kids, it will be even more expensive. So what if you were able to lock in today’s rates? Pretty appealing, right? The 529 Prepaid […]

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Money Confession: I’ve Barely Started Saving for College

by Sarah Chang September 11, 2013

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Last January my husband and I welcomed our second daughter into the world. Shortly afterwards we opened up a New York State 529 Savings Plan for each girl, and made our first contributions (money they received over the Chinese New Year). Since then, the accounts have sat largely idle. We’ve certainly talked about contributing more, […]

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Children and Money: Things to Consider Before You Have Kids

by Melissa Batai August 2, 2013

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“How many kids do you want to have?” Well, isn’t that a loaded question? Honestly, how do you know how many kids you want to have until you have one? My husband and I always wanted three or four of them. Then, we had our first one, and he was such a bundle of all-boy-high-energy […]

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Everything You Need to Know About Money, Children, and College

by Erika Torres April 29, 2013

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In April, GoGirl Finance chose to focus on money, children and education. Whether saving for your child’s education or trying to come up for ways to pay for your own college education, we hope these articles helped you find the information you needed about college and money. Tips and Tricks to Pay for Grad School […]

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How to Talk to Your Kids about Money

by Melissa Batai April 24, 2013

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Most parents know that they should talk to their kids about sex, but they try to put off the discussion as long as possible, and when they do broach the topic, the child has likely already heard plenty from friends, television and school. Other parents never get up the nerve to have the discussion and […]

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