Tag: money management

Go forth and reinvent! 10 terrific resources for women ready for a career change or entrepreneurship.

We know a little something about reinvention after motherhood and women entrepreneurs. Hey, Kristen did an entire TedX talk about it! And I’ve made a few career switches myself — finally landing on this sweet gig that Kristen and I created for ourselves. The best part is, Cool Mom Picks has allowed us to support so many other entrepreneurial women who have found themselves in similar situations, wanting to embark on a new business venture that will enable them to wake up every day feeling excited. Just like we do. So we’re always down to share any companies, organizations, or resources that for women entrepreneurs — and not just...

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Are you paying your babysitter enough? 9 surprising stats about childcare.

One of the questions parents are always asking each other is, “how much should I be spending on my babysitter or nanny?” The answer is so tough. The last thing I want to do is underpay someone with the important job of taking care of my kids, but I know that rates depends on the experience of the sitter, whether it’s a part-time high school student or an experience, trained full-time nanny, and of course, where we live. Related: 21 inspired ideas when you’ve only got a two-hour date night So I talked to the folks at UrbanSitter who recently conducted a national...

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How to talk to your kids about money, with author and financial expert Beth Kobliner | Spawned Episode 66

If you’ve been wondering how much you should be giving your kids for an allowance, or when you should open them up a bank account, you will get both those questions answered and a whole lot more on this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz. Our special guest Beth Kobliner, a New York Times bestselling author, financial expert, and mom-of-3, tackles all the kids and money questions we could squeeze into our 40-minute show. She’s out with a new book, Make Your Kid a Money Genius, and wow, it’s awesome! She even tells us what we’re doing right and...

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Tips for tackling the most common New Year’s resolutions | Spawned Episode 63

If you’re like us and you love to make New Year’s resolutions but can never seem to actually keep them, well, this is the Spawned podcast for you. On this episode, we’re taking a closer look at the most common New Year’s resolutions, and sharing our own advice, plus tips and tricks from the experts, on how to actually tackle them. Whether you want to finally drop that baby weight or want to get a grip on your finances, you’ll want to listen to this episode. Plus, don’t miss Kristen’s big news! What a wonderful way to start off...

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Tips for building an emergency fund, and why it’s so important for parents.

We’ve been really pleased to get so much great feedback from you all when we post about financial matters, from budget tips to college savings.  As parents, it’s one of our (many, many) jobs to be as financially prepared as possible– not just for all the awesome exciting stuff, but sometimes, for the not-so-great stuff too. Hey, adulting is hard! Which is why every financial expert will tell you to be sure you have an emergency fund, and we couldn’t agree more. So we’re thrilled to be working with Upromise by Sallie Mae and the new Upromise GoalSaver account, a completely no-fee, no minimum balance savings...

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9 smart tips for starting a budget. And even better, sticking to it.

Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know! How many times have we heard those words coming out of our parents’ mouths, and now these days, coming out of own mouths when talking to our kids about spending? Funny how that happens, right? But the lesson behind the old saying is an important one: Be careful how you spend your money; there’s a limited supply. And it’s why creating a budget — and sticking to — is so important. We’ve partnered with You Need a Budget (clever name, right?), which is a cool little mom-and-pop company we like because they were started by two smart parents,...

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Really helpful expert college tuition savings tips for parents, and why you need to start immediately.

Saving for your kid’s college education might seem super far off, as you sit awake in the middle of the night bouncing a tiny baby back to sleep or checking over that first-grade math homework. But actually, it’s never too soon to start thinking about it. Yes, we all hear “it goes fast” and yes, that can get annoying. But it’s true; before you know it, they’ll be applying to schools and you’ll be gawking at the college tuition prices. (Trust us, we’ve got about 8 years to go with our oldest girls and like…whoa!) That’s why we’re happy to be partnering with T. Rowe...

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Should you pay your kids for chores? Ohhhh the various opinions.

Sometimes we agree on topics, sometimes we disagree, and sometimes we just figure it out as we talk it out. Sometimes, it’s all three! Which is in part why we think you’ll really enjoy this week’s discussion on the Spawned podcast about kids’ and chores. How do we get our children to do more around the house? Should we pay them or offer other incentives? What do the experts say? And do Kristen’s kids really clean the toilets? Because, whoa. Liz is impressed. Plus, we have a fun discussion about the insane names we mayyyy (ahem) use for other parents in our phone’s address...

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7 smart, surprising ways to help you cut your spending right now

It’s probably no surprise that I have a penchant for shopping, but for about the last six months in particular, I’ve actually been trying to cut back, seeing as how we’ve now got braces, and summer camp, and hopefully a family vacation to save for. I’m not an overspender, but I admit I do make the extra trip to Starbucks for a coffee when I could easily just make a cup at home (there’s value in getting out of the house when you work at home a lot); and I do have a hard time passing up a hot pair of platform sandals...

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10 simple, time and money-saving grocery shopping tips, just in time for the holidays

We’re always looking for ways to save time and money grocery shopping, especially during the holiday season when we’re all feeling stretched thinner than usual in every way. We’re spending more on holiday gifts and family travel, and even on household groceries for all those relatives coming to visit. Some longer than others. (Just kidding, we love you relatives! All of you.) Because every minute and every penny counts for us these days, we’re really happy to be working with our newest sponsor hiku, a very cool new gadget and app combo designed to streamline your grocery shopping list and save you tons of time. Let’s just...

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What’s my 20? Well, a little different from Tina Fey’s.

For the last year, I’ve been partnering with American Express, in part because I love Amex (member since forever) and partly because when I see those awesome Tina Fey commercials, I’m now sure we’re really just two degrees from being best friends. If you’ve seen those ads too, in which she hilarious shares some of the ordinary things she buys on her Amex EveryDay Credit Card, then you might know that when you hit 20 purchases in a month, you could earn double Membership Reward Points on the card. And boy do I like my points. So I thought I’d share my non-famous mom version of my 20. These are the 20 things...

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5 of our favorite cool tech picks you don’t want to miss this week

In case you missed them, here are 5 of our most popular cool tech picks from Cool Mom Tech this past week. Enjoy!   1. This is a genius app your kid’s teacher needs to get stat. 2. If you’ve ever dropped your smart phone then you need this very smart case. 3. Don’t shop online again without these three money-saving browser extensions installed. 4. Looking to purchase a computer for your child? Here’s a helpful shopping guide. 5. A new photo management and storing service that’s blowing us away....

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The best offers for families using American Express Membership Rewards Points. In other words, free trips, whoo!

For those of you who have beheld the frustrating hilarity of my daughter’s kindergarten back to school shopping experience — and seen me turned into a cartoon character — you know I’ve been working with the Amex Every Day Credit Card. And as an avowed Amex evangelist (as in, Member Since…before some of you were born) I think it’s really terrific that this year they introduced a no-fee credit card to help you rack up the Membership Reward points for everyday purchases. (I like Membership Reward Points. A lot.) It is seriously one of the best reward programs out there, which is in part why I...

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From piggy banks to paychecks, one chapter at a time.

I’d prefer one dozen versions of the “where do babies come from” talk with my kids before I’d sign up for even one “and this is how money works” discussions. I can cheerfully rattle off twenty-seven slang terms for body parts, but ask me how something amortizes and I break out in hives. Piggy Banks to Paychecks: Helping Kids Understand the Value of a Dollar, written by accountant and financial consultant Angie Mohr, explains it all to help me explain it to my kids.      Each chapter focuses on an aspect of financial savvy, from learning how to explain earning,...

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5 tips to help teach kids about money

One of the important challenges we face as parents ourselves is how to teach our kids about money. And not just the difference between a dime and a nickel–yes, the nickel is bigger but it’s not worth more. Boy, that’s a hard one with our kids! We’ve learned is that every parent has different values when it comes to money and kids, so of course you have to do what’s best for your own family. That’s why we’re so happy to once again be teaming up with BMO Harris Bank, which is committed to helping families make good financial...

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New Year’s Resolution Help: Managing your money

The next in our series of New Year’s resolution help: Better financial management for the new year. (What? Not just us, right?) Here, just a few of our favorite simple tips and resources to help you get off to a good start in 2012. –Liz Get your head in the game For a great overview on all things financial, the Daily Worth website and email newsletter offers just that, especially for women and by women. The tips are practical, and you don’t need an economics degree to understand it; but even if you do have an economics degree, you won’t find dumbed down...

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Free money management help just got more helpful. If not more free.

You may already know that Mint.com is a fantastic one-stop destination for money management on the Net; it’s as close to a bookkeeping genie as most of us mere mortals are going to get. I love that you can sync up your bank accounts, credit cards, stock portfolio, and more, and Mint.com will manage it all in one place. Their latest feature, however, is raising the bar for financial wizardry for those of us who can use a little wizard-like intervention. The brand-new Goals section is very smart. It allows you to not just manage what already exists in...

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