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Monday, March 4th, 2013
Starting a college savings fund is one of the most important things parents can do for a child, but it can also be one of the most difficult—especially for the many who live paycheck to paycheck. Congresswoman Lynn Jenkins (R-Kansas) and Congressman Ron Kind (D-Wisconsin) are trying to make it a little easier.
They recently introduced legislation that would make 529 college-savings plan contributions eligible for a SAVERs tax credit of up to $1,000 for individual filers and $2,000 for those filing jointly. The bill, known as H.R. 529, would also allow companies to match up to $600 annually of their employees’ college-savings contributions tax-free.
“A 529 plan is a powerful tool for helping families cope with the rising cost of college. The improvements in this bill will help put a college degree within reach of more children,” says Hon. Michael L. Fitzgerald, chair of The College Savings Plans Network.
H.R. 529 was assigned last month to a Congressional committee, which will consider it before possibly sending it to the House or Senate for debate. You can show your support for the bill by contacting Eric Schmitz in Rep. Jenkins’s office at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (202) 225-6601. You can also track its progress on govtracks.us.
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Friday, July 27th, 2012
Our partners at LearnVest.com knows that saving money on food is always a main concern, so they came up with an amazing way to help you reduce family food expenses. Visit their new Food for a Month series, a fantastic area on their site that will showcase weekly shopping lists, recipes for a month of easy dinners, and more.
Some of the delicious recipes will cost $300 in groceries for a family of four. As a special bonus, LearnVest will cover the entire amount by giving away one whole month of free dinner groceries to one lucky winner. (If your family is vegetarian, don’t worry–you can use the funds on groceries of your choice.)
Find out the three ways to enter the groceries sweepstakes on LearnVest!
Plus: Don’t forget to also sign up for the Baby on Board Bootcamp newsletter, a free newsletter that helps moms save more money in just 10 days.
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Wednesday, August 24th, 2011
After Stillbirth, Courts Try to Put a Price on a Mother’s Anguish
These two cases are among the first to move through the legal system after New York’s highest court changed state law in 2004 and allowed mothers to sue for their emotional suffering when they claim that medical carelessness caused a stillbirth.
For sleeping babies, softer isn’t safer
Lots of African American moms put soft bedding such as pillows and blankets where babies sleep, despite warnings that the cushioning increases the risk of infant death, according to a new study.
Parents falling behind on saving for kids’ college
More parents are saving for their kids’ college educations before the youngsters even hit kindergarten. But between the pressures of a stalling economy and the ever-rising cost of higher education, those savings will cover just a fraction of the cost of a four-year degree, according to a new Fidelity Investments study.
Toddlers Understand Complex Grammar, Study Shows
New research suggests that even before 2-year-olds speak in full sentences, they are able to understand grammatical construction and use it to make sense of what they hear.
Stay at home moms more depressed?
A University of Washington study finds that working moms are less likely to be depressed than stay-at-home moms.
Writing problems common in children with ADHD
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Children with attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are more likely to have writing problems such as poor spelling and grammar than their peers, according to a study.
Friday, October 29th, 2010
Over 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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