Grappling with College Costs

At a recent holiday barbecue, a group of our friends had a “lively discussion” about college and what we expect for our kids. Collectively, our kiddos range in age from 7 to 14. Some of the main questions that came up: Should we encourage our kids get a general...

“Extreme” Disney Savings & Fun

Our family hasn’t been to Walt Disney World yet (since we’re on the West Coast), but when we do, we’ll be taking a copy of my friend Kate Reilly’s book with us. It’s Walt Disney World Resort Extreme Vacation Guide for Kids. Read about it...

Spending–and Saving–Money with Mickey Mouse

This year’s family spending controversy was this: New kitchen floor or first family trip to Disneyland? Floor or happy kids? Floor or magical family time together? You guessed it: We chose Disneyland. A major trip like this (we went in July) is quite out of...

Kids & Saving

I love these segmented banks, which I bought for my daughters a while back. They’re from MoneySavvy Generation, a Web site created by Susan Beacham. I interviewed Susan for a Parenting magazine article about allowances, and thought her banks were a great idea so...