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Susan Beacham

January quickly follows on the heels of the holiday season. It’s the month you dread because of the retail therapy Read more

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When I started writing this column in December 2004, I was 46 years old and my girls were just 13 and 10. Read more

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Summer is time to think about reading for fun—at the beach, curled up on the front porch swing, Read more

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I have been following my own money advice for many years now. Read more

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My girls have asked many times, "Are we rich?" Each time, I would answer that we were very rich because we had each other Read more

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At her last birthday party, my daughter Allison, now 16, received almost nothing but gift cards. Read more

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When I was 10, my grandmother told me about homes in our southwest side neighborhood that were—at one point—selling Read more

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You knew it would come and here it is: January. The bows are gone and the bills have arrived. Don’t despair. Read more

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Here we are at the height of the holiday buying season, the moment when it starts to look like there’s no way we’ll escape December with our sanity, much less our budget and bank accounts, intact. Read more

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The holiday season is upon us and already we can feel the rush. Read more

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A few years ago our daughters, Allison and Amanda, then ages 12 and 13, began receiving credit offers in the mail. Read more

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During the school year, the idea of teaching our kids "one more thing" sounds downright impossible. Read more

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Take this experience shared with me by a reader: She was giving her 5- and 6-year-old children a fake dollar every time Read more

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The best parenting advice I ever received was to read to my children. I read to both my girls for as long as they would allow me. We read almost every night. I made twice weekly trips to our local library and each night we would sit down after dinner and I would read aloud. Excluding the hours they were asleep, this was the only time of the day they were still. Still and listening. Read more

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