Family Finance

Found Money Update October – March: $13,731

April 14, 2014

It’s past time for a found money update. In fact, I blew right past the three month mark and am now at the six. So what follows is an update for the months of October, 2013 – March, 2014. If you’re wondering what found money is, I summarized the concept here. But the basics are that […]

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Simplifying College Savings

April 9, 2014

I wanted to pop in quickly to tell you that last month I took advantage of a feature of 529 accounts that I’ve been reading about for years: the ability to transfer your college savings for one child to another. My daughter is graduating from college next month (so happy and proud of her!) and […]

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One Family’s Review of Capital One 360’s Teen Money Checking Account

March 26, 2014

We opened online savings accounts for my kids at Capital One 360 (formerly ING Direct) when they were pretty young. So when my son was ready for his first checking account a few years back, we decided to give the Capital One 360 MONEY checking account for teens a try. The MONEY checking account is […]

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Test Driving an HSA

March 11, 2014

Like a lot of people, our family had to make a change in health insurance at the first of the year. After reviewing all our options (and re-reviewing them, and reviewing them some more) we took the opportunity to go a direction we had been thinking about for a while: a high deductible policy that […]

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Reader Q&A and Recommended Reading

February 11, 2014

My daughter Lindsey and I recently received a reader question through the U.S. News & World Report site where we wrote a blog for two years. The question is a common one so I wanted to share it here. Here’s what the reader wrote: My daughter is not going to a school for a certain […]

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Paying for College: Round 2

January 23, 2014

In last week’s 2014 update, I mentioned the fact that my son – our youngest – is currently a senior in high school and will be attending college next fall. I want to share with you what we think that will look like, financially speaking, but first a quick bit of background: My daughter – […]

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2014 Update

January 14, 2014

I always hate it when bloggers who have gone MIA start their posts with I’m so sorry I’ve been gone so long… But, really, I’m so sorry I’ve been gone so long. The truth is that I’ve been having so much fun over at Creating This Life that I’ve been a little preoccupied. After years of blogging […]

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3 Step Method to Saving Money Online This Holiday Season

December 4, 2013

Every once in a while I’ll venture out to the stores to do some Christmas shopping, but it’s mostly to soak up the Christmas displays and piped-in holiday music more than anything else. Online shopping is just too convenient. And even though Cyber Monday 2013 is in the books, online shopping during the holiday season […]

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Black Friday $75 Savings Account Bonus

November 29, 2013

I wanted to pop in on this Black Friday and quickly tell you that, in addition to all the holiday shopping everyone is doing, there’s an opportunity to save some money and even earn a little while you’re at it. Capital One 360, the bank I use for my online savings accounts, is offering a […]

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A College Savings Change

November 19, 2013

I’ve written a lot (a LOT) about found money and giving it jobs to do. And we’ve really used that technique to its fullest when it comes to college savings. For a number of years now, my blogging/online earnings have been earmarked for my daughter’s college and put into a savings account at Capital One […]

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