Managing Money

13 Steps to a Great Garage Sale


In summer, garage and yard sales blossom like wildflowers all over our neighborhood. I bet it's the same in yours. If you're thinking of getting in on the action, go for it! It's a great way to clean out your house and make a little money on the side. Here are thirteen steps to garage sale success:

Financial Planning for Babies


You have a baby on the way? Congratulations! This is a momentous occasion for more than one reason. According to the U. S. Department of Agriculture, the average middle-income family will spend nearly $300,000 on their child (and that's just one).

Now don't let this get you down. Having a baby is a wonderful thing, and if money were the only issue to consider our population would have slowed considerably already. Obviously, you will need to prepare for the financial impact of having a baby. Here are some things to consider.

Beyond the Piggy Bank


Teaching your children the basics of money management can be an intimidating task, especiallly if you are not very sure about your own money handling skills. Taking a simple approach, one that you perhaps even start following yourself, can give your children a solid foundation from which to build a lifelong common sense money approach.


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