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How I Prepared for Maternity Leave 

by Catherine MacLean July 29, 2014

Prepare for Maternity Leave

When you’re pregnant, nine months seems like an impossibly long time. But when you start figuring out the logistics of everything that needs to get done in those nine months to prepare for maternity leave, you’re rudely awakened to how little time you actually have. Preparing for maternity leave is not as easy as some […]

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Opinion: Why We Need the Family and Medical Leave Insurance Act

by Valerie Young July 27, 2014

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The United States is usually hailed as a world leader. Which is why it is shocking that of the 188 countries in the world, the United States is one of three that doesn’t offer paid leave, according to AllGov. Papua New Guinea and Oman are the other two. How the Workforce Benefits Men Women have […]

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How I Told My Boss I Was Pregnant

by Catherine MacLean July 22, 2014

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Finding out I was pregnant was a big surprise, even though we were technically trying. I didn’t actually believe I was pregnant. We had only decided the month before that we would “pull the goalie,” so to speak, so I really didn’t think it would happen that fast. I had no nausea but instead I […]

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Working Mom: How I Find a Work-Life Balance

by Catherine MacLean June 22, 2014

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I don’t think there is any job out there that is as demanding as being a mom. It literally consumes every second of my life; your mind never turns off of being a mom. If you haven’t already seen the viral YouTube video about world’s toughest job, check it out. It pretty much sums everything […]

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4 Tips to Get Your Kid Excited about Saving Money

by Kathleen Rohan June 18, 2014

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Every time I walk into the CVS Pharmacy with my six-year-old son, he is drawn like a magnet to metal to the rack of $5.99 toy cars. After living in this town for three years, he has a few (many more bought by Grandma than me). But it still turns into an argument when I […]

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Why I Loved Going Back to Work After Baby

by Catherine MacLean June 9, 2014

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One of the most amazing things about being a mom is that it instantly connects you with billions of other women in the world regardless of ethnicity, religion, or demographics. You connect through the same shared experiences and problems. Though we all fall into the same “mom” role, what we choose to do with our […]

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10 More Things You Should Teach Your Kids About Money

by Audrey Henderson May 27, 2014

Kids and Money

Last week, we gave you: “10 Things You Should Teach Your Kids About Money.” Here are 10 more things that I’ve taught my kids about money. 11. Advertising Is Not the Same as News Every day, we are bombarded with commercials and ads, adults and teens alike. In some cases, the ads are entertaining, but […]

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5 Money Lessons I Wish I Had Known

by Tonya Rapley May 22, 2014

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The other day a friend and I were talking about the mistakes of our past and we jokingly said that hindsight is clearer than 20/20; hindsight is Lasik vision. The beauty of time is it allows you to reflect on your past decisions, and if you are fortunate and open to change, you grow from […]

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10 Things You Should Teach Your Kids About Money

by Audrey Henderson May 20, 2014

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Back in the old days, people learned to be satisfied with what they had and to save for a rainy day. The ongoing financial crisis is teaching us some of those lessons all over again. However, the world today is not quite the same as it was back in the day. For instance, debt has complicated […]

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Budget Gifts for Mom: A Last-Minute Mother’s Day Gift Guide

by Meredith Lepore May 9, 2014

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In case you didn’t know, this Sunday is Mother’s Day. You want to get your mom a great gift, but that doesn’t necessarily mean you have to cash in your 401K to do it. And don’t worry, you aren’t alone. The National Retail Federation (NRF) recently released its annual Mother’s Day Spending Survey, and it appears […]

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5 Pins That Inspired Us This Week – May 3, 2014

by Sarah Chang May 3, 2014


To say we love spring is an understatement. The air is clear and fresh, the sky is blue, and it seems like anything is possible. Getting out of the house during this season is key – and we’re all about enjoying the weather on a budget. From frugal dates to staycations, here’s what inspired us […]

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4 Good Money Examples My Parents Set for Me

by Kali Hawlk May 1, 2014

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My parents weren’t perfect, but they did a great job of raising one financially savvy kid. The money lessons my parents taught me as I was growing up have served me well in adulthood; I’ve never had consumer and student loan debt, I save nearly half my income, and I’m working hard to launch my […]

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How to Slow Down and Save Your Sanity in 3 Steps

by Shawn Fink April 30, 2014

Slow Down

Two summers ago, I was that mom driving all over town. Work was crazy. The kids’ summer camp was clear across town and I was the sole parent all week long. Even vacations that summer were not possible due to work obligations. And, of course, I was trying to do it all mindfully and intentionally […]

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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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