Budgeting always makes me feel like I am going without something or sacrificing. It’s like dieting with dollars instead of calories. No matter how much of a positive spin I try to put on the concept of budgeting, it’s basically a form of … [Read more...] about Advantages and Limits of Budgeting
Study abroad semesters may not be for everyone, but I am glad did it in my youth. In 1997, I studied in London, England for one college semester. I won a partial scholarship, but financial aid mostly paid for it. It was a time of my life when I had … [Read more...] about Personal Reflection: Studying Abroad Was the Best Thing I Ever Did – Can It Benefit Your Child?
Most parents know that tuition costs are high, but they don’t always appreciate all of the ancillary costs that go hand-in-hand with tuition. Some clever parents even start college funds early in the life of their children. However, even that might … [Read more...] about Using a 529 Plan to Pay for Student Room and Board
Budgets typically tell you what you can’t afford to buy. However, its only your resolve that can keep you from buying such things anyway. It takes resolve to hold a family together and to raise children in a home. And if there is one thing that a … [Read more...] about Ideal Grocery Budget for a Family of 4
It can cost $233,000 to raise a child from birth to age 18. Or, about $14,000 a year. There is a joke about raising children I think about often in reference to this estimate. Parents must prepare them for the difficulties of life, so … [Read more...] about Top 3 Reasons Why Universities Are So Expensive
How often is it meatloaf-wrapped-in-bacon dinner night in your home? (My personal favorite.) Or, do you have a lot of taco, veggie, or Hamburger Helper themed family dinner nights? After all, the average cost of ground beef is $3.50 to $5.40 per … [Read more...] about Family Budget Meal Round Up