Private Schools: Are They Worth The Cost?

A few years back, The Center on Education Policy did a study to determine whether pre-college private schools outperform public schools academically. While a number of factors came into play, the report generally concluded that private school students didn’t have much of an edge. “Low-income students from urban public high schools generally did as well […]


The Dos and Don’ts of Preparing for a New Baby

Maybe you mapped out your personal finances before you decided to start a family. Or maybe you ran the numbers after you were already expecting. Either way, as you prepare for the arrival of a new baby, you’ll at some point need to think about expenses and saving. According to the United States Department of […]


What My Mother Taught Me About Money

If you think husbands are the CFOs of the average household, you may want to think again: A 2012 survey of 10,000 women by DailyWorth found that 90 percent of them are their household’s chief bill-payer and purchaser, and 76 percent of them reported being their household’s primary retirement planner. In light of the prominent […]


The Dos and Don’ts of Preparing for the Holidays

Whether you’re driving cross-country to celebrate Thanksgiving with relatives, or hosting an intimate Christmas cocktail party at your home, preparing for the holidays takes careful planning. Consider the following tips on how to make the most of your holiday season. Do… Create a system to help you stay on track. MSN Money suggests devising a […]


How Many Bank Accounts Does Your Family Need?

Having a family means lots of financial considerations — and sometimes, lots of bank accounts. The average household has 15 bank accounts, according to a Personal Capital survey. But how many does your family need? As few as possible, Nancy Anderson recently suggested in Forbes. One huge drawback to having multiple accounts is that spreading […]


How to Manage Your Child’s Allowance Online

Looking for engaging ways to teach your kids about money? Consider doing it digitally. Ron Lieber of The New York Times recently discussed the benefits of managing kids’ allowance online. Lieber’s article focused on Tykoon, an allowance site that focuses on actual transactions and lets kids earn digital dollars by performing real-world chores. That money […]


The Finances of Your Kids’ Sports

No one ever said having kids would be easy on your wallet. And if you’re a parent with a brood of young athletes, this is something you probably know all too well. Youth sports is an estimated $5 billion annual industry, says Mark Hymann, the author of The Most Expensive Game in Town: The Rising […]


When Should I Get My Child a Smartphone?

These days, even toddlers have cell phones. Sure, they’re usually the plushy kind that can teach them colors, numbers, and the ABCs. But what happens once a child is old enough to want the kind that makes and receives calls and texts, or lets them download apps and surf the web? Here are some factors […]


What’s the Annual Cost of Pet Ownership?

There’s a reason some company benefits now include pet insurance: Owning a pet can be a serious expense. In fact, according to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) — and as recently charted on this infographic — the average annual cost of owning a pet can reach $580 for a […]


Father’s Day: Remembering Fatherly Financial Advice

Father’s Day is just around the corner, and all of us at the Straight Talk blog are thinking about the many ways that dads and granddads affect our financial lives. We asked Jacqueline Curtis – a finance blogger who writes for Money Crashers, as well as her own blog, How Not to Dress Like a […]

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