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Budgeting for a vacation can be hard enough, but is it worth it when you have a baby in the mix? My family proved it is. My one-year-old daughter has been on three family trips, including one overseas vacation. How did we swing it? Stagger the Expenses We …

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I have entered a phase in my life in which many of my classmates, friends and family are in the thick of diapers, teething and general child-rearing activities. I am not married, and I just bought my first house with rooms for family expansion but no crying offspring to …

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Having a baby can be a shock to your financial system. It was most definitely a shock to ours! As our precious baby girl turns a year old, her college savings account is in the four figures. The saving success we experienced was due in large part to the generosity …

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Growing up, I always wanted a pet but couldn’t because of my father’s supposed allergies. So when my husband suggested we get a dog, I immediately jumped at the idea. We were really excited to have a cute little puppy to play with and also thought …

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If you’ve started exploring Individual Retirement Accounts (IRAs), you may have noticed there are a few different kinds out there. Before you open an account, it’s a good idea to learn about each to determine which is right for you. It’s always a good …

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Ever since I gave birth to twin girls, people have been asking all sorts of questions about what my life is like now. My answer? My life is hectic — very, very hectic. There’s not a lot of time for sleeping, eating or staying in touch with friends …

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If someone told you that for the cost of a new car, you could buy a house, would you believe them? Not only is this true, but it’s actually a growing trend. The catch? Your house will only be slightly larger than the size of that new car …

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Money can have a huge impact on relationships, so much so that it can contribute to marital discord and even divorce. If you’re married or in a long-term relationship, it’s important for you and your partner to either be on the same page financially or …

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Do I really need life insurance? That answer, like most questions in life, depends on your own specific, personal situation. But first, let’s take a step back. Nobody likes thinking about the possibility they’re going to die prematurely and leave behind the people we love. Unfortunately …

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When it comes to gift giving, they say it’s the thought that counts. But what happens when the oh-so-generous folks in your life just happen to have the worst imaginable taste? It’s an unfortunate fact that sometimes bad holiday gifts happen to good people …

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