The rising cost of kids' lunch gear

A PlanetBox Rover lunch box set is seen in this picture taken in New York, July 30, 2014. REUTERS/Mike Segar

When it comes to kids' lunches, we've come a long way from PB&J, an apple and a cookie in a brown paper bag.  Full Article 

A broker looks at a computer screen showing the movement of the market since the morning opening, at the Colombo Stock Exchange in Colombo May 21, 2014. REUTERS/Dinuka Liyanawatte

How to buy financial advice now

The financial advice business is changing dramatically in every aspect, from how advisers spend their time, to what they charge, to how they label and promote themselves.  Full Article 

Norma Rita Berry,71, sits before the start of a rally for US Democratic presidential candidate Senator Hillary Clinton (D-NY) in St. Clairsville, Ohio, February 27, 2008.  REUTERS/Shannon Stapleton

Reform multi-employer pension plans now

The window is closing on our last best chance to protect the pensions of 10 million American workers and retirees. If Congress doesn’t act this year, it is very likely that major plans will fail, experts say.   Full Article 

Graduates from Columbia University's School of Journalism cheer during the university's commencement ceremony in New York May 16, 2012. REUTERS/Keith Bedford
Saving for College

Americans borrowing less for college

American families borrowed less to pay for sending their children to college in 2013 than in the previous two years, according to a report from student lender Sallie Mae.  Full Article 

A Nest thermostat is installed in a home in Provo, Utah, January 15, 2014. Google Inc took its biggest step to go deeper into consumers' homes, announcing a $3.2 billion deal January 13, 2014 to buy smart thermostat and smoke alarm-maker Nest Labs Inc, scooping up a promising line of products and a prized design team led by the "godfather" of the iPod.  REUTERS/George Frey  (UNITED STATES - Tags: BUSINESS SCIENCE TECHNOLOGY)
Family Finances

Couples fight in Battle of the Thermostat

On its face, thermostat control might seem like a trivial issue. But small issues can often turn out to have outsized effects - both on the marital relationship, and the family budget.   Full Article 

Michael Giovanni sets out champagne in the Delta Sky Miles club at the newly opened Maynard H. Jackson Jr. International Terminal at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta, Georgia May 16, 2012.   REUTERS/Tami Chappell
Money & Travel

When airport clubs are worth the money

When you fly several times a month, finding a comfortable place to wait for a flight and grab a snack can make traveling a lot more enjoyable, but the price of membership can be high.   Full Article 

A metal angel sculpture is dressed in a wedding veil and bouquet in celebration of the wedding of U.S. President George W. Bush's daughter, Jenna Bush, and her fiance, Henry Hager, in Crawford, Texas, May 10, 2008.  REUTERS/Larry Downing   (UNITED STATES)

Shhh, don't talk about money troubles

The couples interviewed in the new documentary "112 Weddings," which premiered on HBO in late June, don't talk openly about money.   Full Article 

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg walks with his wife Priscilla Chan at the annual Allen and Co. conference at the Sun Valley, Idaho Resort July 11, 2013.  REUTERS/Rick Wilking

Young tech stars give it away now

After an IPO or coming into stock options, the tech sector wealthy are finding that they need to make a plan to start giving away their money, even before they might be married or have kids.   Full Article 

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