Steve Economides is a NY Times Best Selling Author of 3 books, dad of 5 grown kids and a household finance and frugality expert. He and his wife Annette have been featured on Good Morning America, The Today Show, Dr Phil and dozens of other national and international TV shows.
A reader wonders how to deal with a grandparent who is overly generous. Are there rules for gift giving etiquette?
Reader Question About An Overly Generous Grandmother
How have you had to struggle over members of your extended family giving too many or inappropriate gifts to your children?
A good friend of mine has a struggle with her mother-in-law giving expensive presents to her son.
My friend and her husband are on a budget and they want to teach their son that Christmas isn’t about presents but about traditions, family, and charity. But this is difficult with a grandmother who wants to indulge their … Read more »
Sifting through the right health insurance companies to find the right one for you and your family can be an overwhelming task.
A variety of factors will determine the ability of a healthcare company to meet the needs of you and your family. The task at hand may seem enormous, but I will explain the different factors that will go into choosing a healthcare company successfully.
Once you know a little bit more about the different elements to consider, we will outline the best healthcare companies in the market. With this combination of information, you will be able to successfully … Read more »
A Reader asks How to Pay for College With No Money and without a Trust Fund.
Question: My daughter is a senior in high school and is preparing to head off to college. We have no money saved for her college expenses and feel like loans are the only option we have. What should we do?
MoneySmartFamily: You have more options than you realize.
1. Get Government Grants
Fill out a FAFSA application – it’s the Free Application for Federal Student Aid – StudentAid.ed.gov
Do this even if you don’t think you’ll qualify for any student aid. FAFSA weighs many … Read more »
Many people have asked what the difference is between Health Share Plans and traditional Health Insurance. We’ll answer many questions about the medical cost sharing industry in this article.
What’s the Difference Between Medical Cost Sharing and Traditional Insurance?
How Long Has Medical Cost Sharing been around?
What types of things do cost-sharing programs cover and not cover?
How much can you save with Medical Cost Sharing programs?
Who are the biggest players in Medical Cost Sharing?
See an example of what a large medical expense would cost you with a cost-sharing account.
Problems with Affordable Care Act Insurance
It happens over and over again. People crying … Read more »
If you want to legitimately get the most FAFSA money for your college education, follow these tips and tricks. You’ll get maximum federal student aid in Pell Grants from following our research when you fill out your FAFSA application.
Debt-Free College Series # 4 – FAFSA and Financial Aid
We have 5 kids who have attended college, and we have filled out FAFSA applications with every single one of them.
As a matter of fact, we’ve filled out the FAFSA application several times with each of them.
In the process, we’ve learned several tips from our own experience and from financial aid experts.
Will money gifts to Adult Kids really help them? Do financial bailouts enable our children and make them dependent on us as parents? Here are 8 ways to help without enabling them.
Money Gifts for Adult Kids — What Should We Do?
A website visitor asked:
We have three grown kids. Two are doing fine, but the youngest one is married with two kids and is struggling financially. They are behind on their mortgage and credit card bills and they are constantly coming to us asking for help . . . and we’ve been giving it.
When we first heard about the Swagbucks website, we had to ask ourselves, “Is Swagbucks legit? Or is it a scam?”
We had tried some of the other survey sites and were really disappointed. So we started researching this site to find out.
A blogger friend mentioned how she earned hundreds of dollars in gift cards through Swagbucks. We really doubted the validity of her claim.
We Googled “Is Swagbucks Legit or a scam?” and found some very interesting blogs. Some people didn’t like this website, but others praised it. The positive reviews also claimed to have earned gift cards and cashback through … Read more »
I want to start rehabilitating my finances that will include a budget makeover with groceries. So following your advice, I’m revamping my grocery shopping. I homeschool our 4 young children and they tend to drink a … Read more »
If you’re looking for Garage Sale Tips and Tricks, you’ve come to the right place. We’ve hosted and participated in dozens of very successful garage sales.
We’ve written this Garage Sale Guide to help you turn your unwanted treasures into cash. There are 37 ideas presented on this page to help you run an efficient and profitable yard sale at your home. Or to host a rummage sale for a charitable organization where you volunteer.
Hosting A Garage Sale – Where to Start
Have you ever wondered how to host a great and profitable garage sale? We’ve hosted dozens of yard or garage … Read more »
Is it possible that our good intentions and generosity could end up entitling our kids? No parent intentionally sets out to create dependent children who expect to be given everything they desire.
If you want to raise kids who aren’t entitled but are empowered – keep reading. We have 7 ways we helped our kids to become Financially strong, fit and independent.
Kids are kind of funny. If we offer to pay for something, they’ll gladly let us do it . . . forever and ever. If we don’t pay, they’ll carry on about how “mean” and out of touch with reality … Read more »
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