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08/05/08
Eco-Friendly Back to School Shopping

Several recent surveys have shown that this upcoming back to school shopping season, parents and kids alike are interested in "green" options for their supplies. As the market for green products has grown drastically in recent years, there are thousands of items from which they can choose. With the right knowledge, it's easy to find ways to have an eco-friendly back to school shopping spree without sacrificing any of the necessities.

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06/14/08
Frugal and Fashion Mix in Slow Economy

Trends for parties and apparel cycle back into fashion every few years. But one trend that debt management consultant and blogger Clarky Davis feels has been unduly kept in the back of the closet is consumer frugality.

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04/30/08
Instilling Important Personal Finance Lessons

Children are exposed to the flow of money at an early age. Literally everyday´┐Żeven before they are able to speak´┐Żchildren observe parents opening up their wallets and shelling out money or swiping credit cards for meals, clothes, toys, books, movies, groceries, electronics, furniture and more.

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03/03/08
A Lesson in Allowance

A common problem facing many parents today is how to prepare their kids for financial independence. Though this hurdle seems far off in childhood, it's never too early to start teaching your kids about money. We've come a long way from the days when, as far as finances are concerned, the more in the dark your kids are, the better. These days, it seems that the sooner you have the money talk, the better prepared for their own financial freedom they'll be.

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12/07/07
Teen Finance: Holiday Budgets

Every year the holiday season seems to come upon us faster and faster. If your home is like mine and full of young adults who want to give gifts to everyone you have to draw the line at some point to salvage any lessons in personal finance you have painstakingly levied on your kids. In a family meeting about how much money we need to put aside for this holiday season, my two teenagers came up with some great solutions to help out with the holiday spending.

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10/27/07
Teen Finance: Yes, You Do Use Math in Real Life

High school math: Hours upon hours spent studying angles, equations and theorems all while searching to make sense of letters and numbers. The process can be mind numbing and you may ask yourself why you are learning the subject matter in the first place? After all, when is the last time you were required to use a quadratic equation at the mall? The truth is, math is much more subtle and sneaks into almost every aspect of your day to day life.

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10/16/07
Want a Job? Or Better Yet, Need a Job? Here Are the Top Five Teen Jobs!

In high-school, a little extra spending money always comes in handy. A few dollars towards your first period caffeine fix, ten bucks for the latest song downloads, and twenty needed for Friday night's movie and cheese fries with friends. Or, for others, all earnings may go directly to parents or a college savings fund. Any way you look at it, a little cash is indispensable. Looking for a job that's manageable, valuable, and profitable? Here are our top five...

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09/28/07
Most K-12 Teachers Rate Financial Literacy Important. Only About Half Have the Chance to Teach It



As credit card debt, home foreclosures and personal bankruptcies escalate, financial literacy education is less prevalent than K-12 teachers believe it should be, according to a national study just released to the U.S. Congress by Networks Financial Institute at Indiana State University.

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09/19/07
Back to School Budget: Supplies



Having to buy school supplies is the first sign summer is over! If you buy your own school supplies, there are things you can do to get what you need without spending a ton of money. After all, that new Playstation 3 game is out, so spending a bunch of money on pencils and notebooks would not be good!

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09/06/07
Back to School Budget: Clothes



With the start of the school semester right around the corner, buying new clothes is a priority. Clothing companies usually launch their new trends this time of year just in time for the start of school. School clothes can cost a lot of money, so making a good budget and sticking to it will save you a bunch. If you go to a school that requires a uniform, your choices will be pretty easy. But if your school does not have a dress code, you will have a ton of clothes and styles to choose from.

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09/06/07
Back to School Budget: Gadgets



Going back to school usually means buying new gadgets to meet your needs. You might have an old cell phone, CD player or mp3 that is on its last legs. Unfortunately, these gadgets are not cheap and if not taken care of, can break easy. If you are buying other items for school - like clothes and supplies - your budget might be limited when it comes to gadgets. But there are things you can do make your money go farther and still get what you want.

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09/05/07
Back to School Budget: Supplies



Having to buy school supplies is the first sign summer is over! If you buy your own school supplies, there are things you can do to get what you need without spending a ton of money. After all, that new Playstation 3 game is coming out in a month, so spending a bunch of money on pencils and notebooks would not be good!

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08/31/07
Homecoming Dress of Your Dreams - For Less



One of the most exciting times during the school year is going to homecoming. And one of the most exciting things about homecoming is the dance. And then there's the homecoming dress - whether your dance is casual, formal, or themed, finding the perfect dress (the most common garment) is key. The homecoming dance is a time when girls feel on the top of the world -princes or no princess-they're the very epitome of beauty, grace and total trend dominance. Unfortunately the cost of a homecoming dress can be crippling and puts excessive pressure on the parent's pocketbook. With all the focus on the glitz and glamour of homecoming, is it possible to curb costs and still wear that dress you so desire? You bet! Read on for homecoming savings tips that will get you the dress of your dreams!

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