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Public School Is Not A Free Ride

By: Genna Jenkin The Your Smart Money Moves Mom Request a FREE consultation: www.oxygenfinancial.net Barely a week into our back to school routine and I’m already aware of some very disconcerting patterns forming.  The kids’ interest in helping get their lunches together is waning, bedtimes are not being adhered to and I’ve badgered them all about their homework more times than I’d like to count.  However, the most troublesome of all, is that every evening I find myself with my checkbook “paying” for my children’s public school education. Now don’t get me wrong, I understand that public education in this country can tend to get the proverbial short end of the stick, so I am well aware for the need to ask parents for some financial assistance.  It’s the changes I’ve seen since I enrolled my oldest in kindergarten (12 years ago) that concern me.  I’m sure that everyone with school age children can identify with the lengthy and detailed ...

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Should You Rent A House On Vacation?

When I pick up one of those travel and getaway magazines in the bookstore, I always feel like there is a resort I should be taking my family to for a vacation.  They show the pictures of the lavish pools, the incredible scenery, and the four start restaurants at the resort. Over the years, our family (me, my wife, and our three kids) have been to some incredible destinations.  When the kids were young, getting everybody comfortably into a hotel room was a piece a cake. As the kids have gotten older, staying in one hotel room for all five of us has become something of a nightmare. I noticed over time that no matter what city or location we went to as a family that my kids simply loved hanging out at the pool. We always tried to do the tourist thing which the kids certainly had fun, but they always seemed to have fun just spending time splashing ...

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You Need To Check More Than The Carfax

I think those commercials with the CARFOX were cleverly designed to get consumers thinking about the importance of checking the CARFAX. The CARFAX can tell you all of the information about history of the car so you don’t run the risk of buying a used vehicle with tons of hidden problems. With modern technology, newer cars have more and more gadgets within them. When you buy a used car that has many of these technology amenities, you need to make sure you ask the dealer or the prior owner about all of the accessories that may come with your automobile. If you don’t, you could run the risk of having to shell out a hundreds of dollars of additional cash to buy replacement items that should have come with your used car. I have three kids, so I like the idea of one of our automobiles having a DVD player in it for those long car rides we take on ...

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Top 5 Ways to Help Someone Who Is Unemployed

With the unemployment rate continue to hover above 10%, everyone is feeling a little pinch in the wallet. If you know someone who is currently unemployed, here are some ideas on how you could help them with their bottom line. ...

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