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Kids, Chores and an Allowance

Kids, Chores and an Allowance

There seems to be an ongoing debate over whether or not a child should be paid to do chores. Most people feel a child should be expected to help out around the house because they are part of the family, not because they get paid to do it. You don’t want to create little mercenaries who balk at helping unless they are paid to do it. But an allowance that is just handed out becomes just that – a handout – and doesn’t help a child learn the connection between work and pay. 
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Raising Money-Savvy Kids

Raising Money-Savvy Kids

The issue of teaching children financial responsibility has become so important that a few states are now requiring students at public schools to take a personal finance class before they graduate.   These classes are designed as an adjunct to – not a replacement for – sensible money management habits learned at home. And while the curriculum typically covers a number of important financial topics, such as budgeting, credit cards, loans, etc., it doesn’t cover personal family values and lifestyles.
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Respecting Caregivers

Respecting Caregivers

I have always had respect for caregivers. It is a difficult responsibility, requiring a great deal of sacrifice and dedication. Not surprisingly, it can also result in a lot of stress and, in many cases, financial as well as physical strain that can impact the caregiver’s own well-being. A recent study by the National Alliance for Caregiving and AARP showed me some of the numbers and really opened my eyes to how extensive the issue of caregiving actually is.
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Give the Gift of…Money

Give the Gift of…Money

You’ve heard the idiom that the only two guarantees in life are death and taxes. When the two intersect, there can be hell to pay. Maybe not hell but certainly the IRS. On a federal level, most people are protected by the estate tax exemption ($5.43 million in 2015) and don’t owe any of these transfer taxes when they die.
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Check Your Beneficiary Designations

Check Your Beneficiary Designations

I regularly urge readers to organize their estates and I’ve talked at length about including all assets in that planning, so I would be remiss not to mention an important piece of estate organization advice. Make a habit of periodically checking the beneficiary designations on your life insurance policies – as well as other financial accounts for which you may have beneficiaries. The reason for this is that these designations bypass your will. That means that the proceeds of the insurance are not controlled by your will but rather the beneficiary designation listed on your policy.
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