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There has been a lot of talk about improving the nation's aging power infrastructure, some stemming from President Barack Obama's plan to provide incentives for energy upgrades and "smart-grid" technology to boost the economy.
So, what's a smart grid and what does it mean for you?
A smart grid would turn our energy system into an interactive network connecting power stations, meters and home appliances. Utility companies would be able to collect real-time information about demand and supply t...
It’s one of the biggest questions around allowance, and one that many parents struggle with. What are the pros and cons? Read on for two experts’ takes, as well as ThreeJars founder Anton Simunovic’s point of view.
Yes, you should tie your child’s allowance to chores.
Expert: Steven Siebold, author of How Rich People Think
Why you should do it: “You’re tying money to value and teaching children to think, How can I create value in exchange for money,” says Siebold. “It teaches kids to look for...
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Whether or not we feel ready to own our own home, we wonder out of curiosity: Could we? Nowadays, more and more singles, especially women, are buying real estate.
There are plenty of good reasons to own your own home—there’s no landlord to complain if you paint your bathroom blue, for starters. Nonetheless, homes don’t always rise in value, and you’ll be on your own whenever you have a clogged sink.
One of the top three reasons married couples seek therapy: money. One of the top reasons couples get divorced: ditto.
Aside from sex, few things have more taboos, hang-ups, emotions, and secrets surrounding them than money. The more information about your financial lives that you and your partner share before you tie the knot, the smoother things will go.
We’re not saying you have to perfectly align your financial values, goals, and behavior. A man who sees a car as mere transportation can ge...
Close your eyes and try to imagine someone discussing wills, trusts and estates. What do you see? An old man or woman … or maybe a lawyer? Guess what: If you’re not dealing with this stuff now, you COULD jeopardize your health, your wealth and your partner’s future.
We don’t want to be alarmists, so we’ve put together this little primer to explain what estate planning is, which details you need to take care of immediately, what can wait, and how to go about dealing with it quickly and easily ...
With financial markets in a historic tailspin, it's a good time for belt-tightening. One of the best ways is to tame that cash-eating monster: your car.
I was perusing the OneThingCT Web site, which offers a collection of one-off things anyone can do to reduce personal energy consumption. One suggestion is to put your car on a diet, and the idea appealed to me.
It's a strategy with numerous benefits: It can save money, help the environment and make you healthier, too.
(FORTUNE Magazine) – YOU SAY IT CAN'T be done? Don't be so sure. Estate taxes can be easy to get around if you start early, plan carefully, and have the pluck to give away a few worldly goods while you're still around to enjoy the look on your beneficiaries' faces. You could, if you put your mind to it, even end up owing the tax man absolutely nothing. As Robert Cohen, a financial planner in Framingham, Massachusetts, points out, "There are so many possibilities in estate planning that paying...
Hostels are a great option for families traveling on a budget. Here’s how to find hostels that are ok with kids and what to expect from a stay at 11 of them.
Sharing your baby’s first Christmas with your extended family can be magical—and fraught with stress. Here’s how to get organized, make the trip, and make the most of the time together.
Ski vacations can be some of the most memorable getaways. They enable you to embrace the great outdoors in beautiful winter vacation destinations. Not to mention, skiing is an activity that the whole family — from the little ones to grandma — can enjoy. Here are my best tips for planning a ski getaway that will make the kids want to ski again and again.
Adventure travel can mean different things to different families. For some it might mean a week of trekking through high mountain peaks, for others it could be a week of adrenaline-pumping activities in Costa Rica. And for others it could simply mean soaking up the food and culture in a country very different from their own.
No matter what your threshold for adventure is, it probably means introducing your kids to new places, cultures, food, or activities. Here's how to get the whol family ready for your next adventure.
Make the Most of Your Family Adventure at Zion
Zion National Park is spectacular. The scenery is amazing, there is a trail for every hiker and there are plenty of places for kids to safely explore.
So it’s no surprise the park is popular. There are certain places and times when you feel the crowds more than others. Part of the key to enjoying Zion is knowing where the crowds will be when and when and planning accordingly.
This guide for visiting Zion National Park will give you all the tips y...
I’ve been to New Orleans three times and eaten my way through the city on each trip from oysters at Acme to Bananas Foster at Brennan’s. But there’s good creole and Cajun food to be had across the state and often in settings more casual and family friendly than the Crescent City’s most famous dining rooms.Here are a few places in Louisiana outside of New Orleans where you can eat well, usually without spending a fortune.