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  • Is It an Either/Or: Inheritance or a Work Ethic?

    Photo of piercing blue eyes and majestic silver hair courtesy of minds-eye This morning, I read this piece about how newsman Anderson Cooper will receive zilcho from his mother, heiress and millionaire-in-her-own-right Gloria Vanderbilt. This really got me thinking about a couple of things: 1. How did...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 04-01-2014
  • Money Lessons I've Learned From Children's Books

    While putting LO and BB to bed lately, I've noticed that several of the lessons in their books could also apply to personal finance, believe it or not. So, without further ado: Let's take a reading trip Come on! It's fun! And you'll better understand money When we're done. Green Eggs...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 03-22-2014
  • 5 Ways to Save Money (and Your Sanity) While Grocery Shopping with a Toddler

    Photo courtesy of Onderwijsgek Now that I have two kids, time is a precious commodity that I have far too little of. For some time after BB was born, I still tried to arrange my time so that I didn't have to go grocery shopping with both kids. However, several weeks ago, I discovered that grocery...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 03-11-2014
  • Meeting and spending time with grandchildren

    Hello one and all. Recently, my husband and I took a three week trip to Southern California, two thousand miles from our home in the Midwest. We wanted to spend time with our daughter, her husband, and their two boys. It is difficult for us to to spend time with these children as they live so far away...
    Posted to Forum by Lori Blatzheim on 02-25-2014
  • TDS Recommends...Tips on Giving Kids an Allowance

    Want to show your kids the value of family responsibilities? Or how about give them the means to earn money for buying their own Christmas gifts? If so, this post is for you! This past week, we found a wonderful post from fellow bloggers over at GoNannies.com giving great tips on allowances for kids...
    Posted to Weblog by TDSPaige on 12-10-2013
  • Hitting the Pause Button

    One of the strange things about working from home is the fact that work time and home time are not clearly delineated during your day. It's for this reason that I had myself convinced that the addition of a new baby would be no big deal in terms of my freelance writing career. Babies sleep a lot...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 11-07-2013
  • Measure Twice, Cut Once

    Photo courtesy of Silar My father was an accomplished amateur woodworker, and I'm pleased to have several pieces of his handiwork throughout our house. I grew up watching This Old House, The New Yankee Workshop, and The Woodwright's Shop with Roy Underhill , among others. (The Woodwright's...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 11-05-2013
  • Avoiding Money Arguments

    "I just can't stay mad at you..." Whenever you have two distinct personalities living together in close quarters, there are bound to be disagreements on everything from the proper method of loading a dishwasher to the relative merits of Breaking Bad and Grand Theft Auto V. (Two guesses...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 10-15-2013
  • Things New Mothers Would Happily Pay Exorbitant Amounts For

    1. Hot fudge sundae delivery 2. Spit-up repelling shirts 3. Uninterrupted showers and bathroom breaks 4. Someone to take pictures of your second child 5. A clap-on style tv remote that will allow you to change channels when you are pinned down by a nursing baby and Hoda and Kathie Lee have just come...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 10-11-2013
  • Introducing the Wee-est Mensch!

    Thing 2 has arrived! At 13 minutes to midnight on Friday, September 13, the newest member of the Mensch family arrived--and showed that he has an impeccable sense of timing. Already, Thing 2 is making it clear that he has a good grasp of certain financial concepts. For instance, the phrase "past...
    Posted to Weblog by Emily Guy Birken on 09-24-2013
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