Family Finances

Tending to your family budget is one of the best ways to protect your family from future debts, but the financial world can be confusing. All those terms? What does it all mean? We've tapped the pros for advice and information you need to build good credit.

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9 Baby Items You Don't Really Need to Buy
Buying all the latest baby gear might be tempting, but some items are just a waste of money (and space). Here are the baby products you should skip (and what to get instead), according to other parents.
The Most and Least Expensive States to Raise a Child
The cost of raising a child in this country spiked dramatically between 2014 and 2019. Here are the states where you'll spend the most to be a parent—and those that remain somewhat more affordable.
Why Formula is So Expensive—Financially and Emotionally
Instead of fighting for every mother's access to healthy, affordable formula, research focuses on the positives of breastfeeding. But what about parents who want to formula-feed and can't afford to?
5 Parents Share the Unwritten Rules of Allowances
These five parents share their unwritten rules for managing an allowance scheme that teaches kids the true value of money, time, and work ethic.
We Make Six Figures But Student Loans and Daycare Are Keeping Us Broke
Currently, one in eight Americans has student loan debt, and 63.1 million have children under 18 living at home. We're in both camps, and we're broke.
Tips for Families to Save Money at Amusement Parks
Hitting the amusement park can add up quickly—and blow through that family vacation budget. But these simple tips can help to cut down on some of the added costs of taking kids to the theme park.
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Scholarships, Grants and Other Funding for Indigenous, Hawai'ian Native, and Alaskan Native Students
These scholarship and grant sources offer financial support, mentorship, and post-graduation employment opportunities to Native students across North America.
Why Buying the 'Family Membership' Isn't Always a Good Idea
Springing for the "membership" or "season pass" is going to save you oodles of money, right? Wrong. Experts advise what you should consider before signing your family up.

4 New Trends That Help Parents Save on Back-to-School Expenses

The average family with K-12 kids will spend $850 this year on school supplies—that's a record. Here's how to hack the back-to-school spending system.