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The 30-minute money plan for moms : how to maximize your family budget in minimal time
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Catey Hill is the deputy editor for Dow Junes' Moneyish and has written for The Wall Street Journal, Market-Watch, Forbes, SmartMoney, and more. She has appeared as a personal finance and consumer expert on The Today Show, CBS This Morning, FOX Friends, and CNN, and has been featured in numerous publications, including People, The New York Times, Woman's Day and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband, daughter, and their cat, Mouse.
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"A handy resource for any parent trying to figure out how to balance a family budget."<br> - Soledad O'Brien, anchor of Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien <br> <br> "An indispensable guide for parents who want to gain control of their finances."<br> - Elizabeth Willard Thames, author of Meet the Frugalwoods<br> <br> Financial expert Catey Hill shows moms how to spend less and save big in this savvy guide where each step is designed to take 30 minutes max.<br> <br> Let's face it, kids are expensive--in 24 states, daycare actually costs more than in-state college tuition! And the older kids get, the more you will spend. Every mom could use more money. But who has hours to search for coupons just to save a few dollars? And sure, you know you should learn how to get the most of your 401k, but when will you possibly find the time?<br> <br> Luckily, financial expert Catey Hill has created smart, simple strategies to help you maximize your money in minimal time (yes, even your 401k). Drawing on extensive research and exclusive studies on the actual cost of raising a child at each age, she'll show you how to save in each area of your life, including practical tips on:<br> Shopping second-hand vs. what to buy new and where Lowering your grocery bill (without coupons!) Building up a college fund Dealing with high interest credit card debt Saving on insurance Best of all, these tips are designed to be done in less than half an hour, and the few things that might take a little longer are broken down in 30-minute segments. Catey will even guide you through a one-time five-step process that will allow you to manage all your bills, keep an eye on the family budget, and build savings for that dream family vacation in just 30 minutes a week, so you can stress less and enjoy your life more!
Table of Contents
Introductionp. ix
Part IHow to Save Money without Losing Your Mindp. 1
1What It Costs to Raise Your Kids Each Yearp. 3
2Food: Super Supermarket Savingp. 19
3Housing: Home Sweet (Affordable) Homep. 37
4Clothing: Dress for Lessp. 54
5Childcare: Picking and Paying for Daycare and Babysittersp. 62
6Transportation: Driving Toward Savingsp. 82
7Education: A Smarter Way to Pay for School and Collegep. 89
8Health Care: The (Financially) Healthy Way to Get and Stay Wellp. 111
9Vacation: Get Away Dealsp. 131
10Saving on Everything Elsep. 148
Part IIA Mom's Guide to Getting Her Finances Under Control in 30 Minutes a Weekp. 165
11You Don't Have to Be an Investing Whiz to Build a Solid Nest Eggp. 167
12The Smart Way to Manage Your Basic Living Costsp. 172
13An Easy Guide to Paying Down Debtp. 181
14Getting the Right Insurance (and Other Ways to Protect Your Family)p. 196
15Building Up Your Emergency Savingsp. 203
16Saving for Periods of Financial Freedom (and Eventual Retirement)p. 211
17Managing All Your Money in Just 30 Minutes a Weekp. 226
18When Mama Gets Hers: Maximizing Your "Gravy" Moneyp. 241
19Saving for the Fun Stuff (and Getting a Raise While You're at It!)p. 252
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