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Putting saving for retirement ahead of your kids
Think saving for your kids’ education should be your first priority? Not according to an article in Fabulously Broke in the City. It contends that saving for your retirement should take priority over your kids’ college fund. The rationale is that you’ll be less likely to become a burden to your kids in the future – and better able to help them – if your finances are in order.
The post also questions the wisdom of child-related expenses such as buying a house large enough for each kid to have his or her own room. What do you think? Share your comments below.
Parents: Put your finances first
How to improve your home improvements
Our friend Modest Money passed along this useful advice from Blue Collar Workman: what to find out from your contractor before you hand over a penny for home improvements. By asking the right questions, you improve your chances of avoiding cost overruns, misunderstandings and shoddy work.
Five questions to ask your contractor before you sign
Setting a low bar for happiness
This is one of nine tips The Positivity Blog gives for ramping up the happiness quotient in your day. Other smile-inducing tactics include slowing down for three minutes, exploring something new and helping someone else out.
Daily happiness: Nine simple ways to find it in your life
The cost of kids: Not so much?
So says a report from the Fraser Institute, quoted by CBC News and flagged for us by Canadian Budget Binder. The think-tank says by sticking to the necessities (which it says don’t include child care), you need to spend only about a third of what you might have expected.
Is raising a child easier financially than ever?
Making your LinkedIn profile work for you
LinkedIn is top of mind again this week, with advice from Bargaineering on maximizing your chances of getting a job via your LinkedIn profile. Tips include posting a professional-looking image of yourself, putting your name in the top line of your summary and joining groups.
How to build a LinkedIn profile that will help you get a job
Post of the week
|Bright ideas for back-to-school
Whether your child is a preschooler, grade-schooler or heading off to university, get tips and tools to help you start the school year right.
Tweet of the week
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