Healthy Eating for the New School Season

Ed note: Jenn Fowler is back with one of her incredibly popular recipe posts! These gems will help you have a healthful, affordable dinner on the table in no time. It’s perfect for busy nights during the school year. The lazy days of summer are drawing to a close as the hectic back to school […]

Tax Questions, Answered: Your Kid’s Education

In our latest installation of this question-and-answer series with The Tax Institute, we look at some of common tax questions that come up around saving and paying for your child’s education. Q: Should the earnings on my child’s 529 account be counted as income as they accrue? What about when I use 529 funds to […]

Federal Student Aid – What are the Tax Consequences?

Ed note: There are a lot of benefits to higher education – increased earning potential, expanded knowledge and even tax perks. However, there are also a few tricky situations to keep in mind when you are financing that education. Leer en español. College is expensive.  Did you know that taxpayers with college expenses might be […]

How to Afford the Degree of Your Dreams

Ed note: Starting your senior year of high school? Dreaming about living away from your parents, where no one cares if the bath towels have been on the floor for three days? Fantasizing about studying with brilliant professors at the college of your dreams? Unfortunately, these things cost money – a fair amount of it. […]

Emerald Card Myths Busted

What do you think of when you hear “prepaid debit card?” Maybe you think it’s just for teenagers. Or that it isn’t any different from a credit card. Maybe you have no idea what it is at all! Leer en español. Prepaid cards can be useful financial tools for anyone. They help prevent overdrafts and […]

Student Struggling? How to Find Affordable Help

Ed note: There are so many places to look for educational activities these days – millions of Pinterest boards, hundreds of tutoring options and more. Experienced mom and educator Christina sifts through some of those options to highlight the best, most affordable ones to try if your child needs extra help. Leer en Español. As […]

Checking Out America’s Libraries [INFOGRAPHIC]

When’s the last time you set foot in a library? Maybe it was when you were in college, or maybe you took one of your kiddos for a local story time last week. Regardless, the U.S. has thousands of libraries that are providing ever more varied services. In anticipation of International Literacy Day, we took […]

Hispanic College Students: Knowing the challenges and learning how to overcome them

Ed note: The debt associated with higher education has been getting more and more attention. We know there are many ways to fund your education but wanted to dig into some of the unique and specific resources available to Latinos. Leer en español. A recent study by the PEW Hispanic Research Center shows that Hispanic […]

Taking (and Baking) Sales Taxes

Ed note: One of my favorite quick-dinner fixes is to pick up one of those prepared pizzas that you bake at home. Somehow I trick myself into believing it’s healthier. Another added bonus of the purchase might be that – in some places – it also escapes sales tax that comes with delivery or other fast […]

Back-To-School Shopping: National Thrift Shop Day

Ed note: “I’ma take your grandpa’s style. No for real, ask your grandpa, can I have his hand-me-downs?” Sorry. It’s catchy. As we transition kids back to school this fall, it’s a time of mixed jubilation and dread. While it will be great to be back on a regular schedule during the school year, planning […]