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EXTENDED: Win a Free 3-Month Budgeting Plan from LearnVest.com

Friday, March 30th, 2012

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This sweepstakes has ended and the winners have been notified.

Editor’s Note: Due to a link error during the original sweepstakes period, we have fixed the link and decided to extend the sweepstakes.  It is now running again between. Fri. 3/30 – Fri. 4/6. 

Since Tax Season is upon us, you might be more worried than usual about your finances.  To give you peace of mind, Parents.com partnered with LearnVest.com to bring you the best budgeting and family finance solutions through the Baby on Board Bootcamp newsletter, a free newsletter that helps you manage money better over a course of 10 days.

As part of the collaboration, LearnVest is also giving away two (2) free voucher codes to access their online Budgeting Plan for free.

The plan includes: a customized list of how to improve all of your financial red-flags, a  30-minute diagnostic phone consultation with a Certified Financial Planner™, and three months of unlimited email support from the same expert.  This helpful plan, valued at $69.00, will help you set realistic budgets and goals and get your financial life back on track.

Be eligible for this giveaway by following these steps:

1- Sign up for the LearnVest Baby on Board Bootcamp newsletter by CLICKING ON THIS LINK ONLY. Sign up between Fri., March 30 – Fri. April 6.

2- After Fri., April 6, LearnVest and Parents.com will choose two (2) random winners from the sign-up list.

3- The two (2) winners will each be presented with one (1) voucher code to redeem on learnvest.com/make-a-plan/budgeting-plan.  The voucher codes grant the winners access to the Budgeting Plan without any payment.  Winners will have 90 days to redeem the vouchers before they expire.

Read the full sweepstakes rules here.

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Win a Free 3-Month Budgeting Plan from LearnVest.com

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Editor’s Note: Due to a link error during the original sweepstakes period, we have fixed the link and decided to extend the sweepstakes.  It will now run between. Fri. 3/30 – Fri. 4/6.  Click here to enter the sweepstakes.

Need some money help? Parents.com partnered with LearnVest.com to bring you the best budgeting and family finance solutions through the Baby on Board Bootcamp newsletter, a free newsletter that helps you manage money better over a course of 10 days.

The LearnVest site is a great resource, one that offers expert advice, helpful tools, (more) free newsletters, and special budget plans that offer round-the-clock, 24-hour consultations with financial experts. There is even a LV Moms section that offers content just for moms worried about balancing the budget at home.

Since Tax Season is upon us, you might be more worried than usual about your finances.  To give you peace of mind, LearnVest is giving away two (2) free voucher codes to access their online Budgeting Plan for free.  The plan includes: a customized list of how to improve all of your financial red-flags, a  30-minute diagnostic phone consultation with a Certified Financial Planner™, and three months of unlimited email support from the same expert.  This helpful plan, valued at $69.00, will help you set realistic budgets and goals and get your financial life back on track.

Here’s how you can be eligible for this giveaway:

1- Sign up for the LearnVest Baby on Board Bootcamp newsletter by CLICKING ON THIS LINK ONLY. Sign up between Fri., March 30 – Fri. April 6.

2- After Fri., April 6, LearnVest and Parents.com will choose two (2) random winners from the sign-up list.

3- The two (2) winners will each be presented with one (1) voucher code to redeem on learnvest.com/make-a-plan/budgeting-plan.  The voucher codes grant the winners access to the Budgeting Plan without any payment.  Winners will have 90 days to redeem the vouchers before they expire.

Read the full sweepstakes rules here.

Goody luck!

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Paying Your Babysitter

Wednesday, August 17th, 2011

CalculatorWe know how crazy the back-to-school season can be. Sometimes you just don’t have time for school pick-ups and drop-offs, playdates, music lessons, sports and everything else in your kids’ busy lives. If you’re thinking about hiring a babysitter to help with your schedule, we found a new tool that can ease the hiring process.

Care.com’s babysitter hourly rate calculator takes into account where you live, how many children you have and the amount of experience your caregiver has before it suggests what you should pay her. The tool provides a great rough estimate of what other babysitters in your area are earning, but remember to adjust her rate if you ask her to do extra tasks, like grocery shopping or laundry. Finding a babysitter you trust and your kids love can be hard, so don’t risk losing her because of money.

How much do you pay your babysitter?

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Daily News Roundup

Thursday, May 26th, 2011

Goody Blog Daily News RoundupGender-Free Baby: Is it O.K. For Parents to Keep Their Child’s Sex a Secret?
If pregnancy were a musical composition, finding out whether you’re having a boy or a girl would be the coda. Indeed, “Do you know what you’re having?” is probably the question lobbed most frequently at pregnant women, right up there with, “When are you due?” So news that a Canadian couple is raising their third child “genderless” in what amounts to a grand social experiment has set parental tongues a-wagging.

Parents Give Kids Shocking Amounts of Money
We’ve all heard that today’s twenty-somethings are more dependent on their parents for financial help than ever. Some 85 percent of this year’s graduates plan to move back home after receiving their diplomas, according to the firm Twentysomething. Now, new numbers out from the National Endowment for Financial Education reveal just how heavily adult kids lean on their parents.

Should Kids Under 13 Be on Facebook?
In a perfect, law-abiding world, no child under 13 has a Facebook account. But this world is pretty far from ideal, if the 7.5 million tweens – and younger kids – trolling the social-media behemoth are any gauge. Now, if Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg gets his way, that already impressive number will explode.

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Vacations on the Cheap!

Friday, November 12th, 2010

p_101521750Don’t you hate it when you’re ready for a vacay but your bank account isn’t? Well I found some travel deals that I think your wallet will warm up to at livingsocial.com. Originally started as a site for huge discounts on everything from restaurants to haircuts, it launched an “Escapes” section this week with 40 to 70 percent savings on weekend getaways and longer adventures. I’m eying the 50 percent off Vermont package. What vacation are you coveting?

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Coupon Alert: P&G Launches SmartShopping Campaign

Friday, October 29th, 2010

brandSaver cover 2Over here at Parents, we’re always looking for ways to save. So, you can imagine our excitement when we heard about Have You Tried This Yet?, Procter & Gamble’s newest “smart shopper” initiative that features a brandSAVER coupon booklet with over $113 in cost-cutting values.

Looking to help their customers make informed purchasing decisions, P&G launched this program to showcase their favorite and most innovative new products from brands we buy every day—Tide, Charmin, Cover Girl, and many more—at parent-happy prices.

Keep your eyes peeled for the coupon book in this Sunday’s newspaper—looks like Halloween just got a little bit sweeter!

For a list of participating brands, check out P&G online.

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How to Save Money on Halloween Costumes for 2010

Monday, October 25th, 2010

Avatar Jake Sully Halloween costumeUh oh. Halloween’s around the corner and you still don’t have any Halloween costumes for your family.    

We love the affordable, easy, and do-it-yourself Halloween costume ideas available at Savers.com, the website for a national chain store that specializes in secondhand and gently-used clothes and accessories.

For parents who can’t make it to Savers locations to meet costume consultants, the website has printable costume and makeup tutorials on how to create unique, inexpenPrincess Halloween costumesive, and memorable Halloween looks for everyone from parents to pets. 

By following the simple costume shopping lists and step-by-step makeup instructions, the whole family can be transformed into popular characters from “Avatar,” “Toy Story 3,” or “Sesame Street.” There are also handy tutorials on creating annual Halloween costume favorites such as superheroes and princesses in addition to creating a Steampunk costume, a trend that combines elements of the Victorian era with science fiction.

For budget-conscious families, parents can still save money and time without sacrificing style and personality.  Plus, saving on Halloween costumes for 2010 will mean having enough on the side to plan for next year!

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Be in Parents: Scrambling For After-School Child Care?

Tuesday, October 20th, 2009

3877247637_c44d0a987c Has the bad economy—layoffs, pay cuts, increased work hours—forced changes in your child care arrangements? If
you're scrambling to cover child care, especially in the critical after
school hours, we'd like to hear how you are coping or what hard
decisions you have had to make.
Maybe your child care program has lost funding, is operating with reduced services or has long wait lists. Maybe
you have changed your work hours or split shifts with a spouse. Or
maybe you have had to give up child care because it is too expensive
and are now trying to cobble together other options.

Please email
deamolinger@msn.com if you have a story to share, and put "Parents
Magazine" in the subject line.

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