Public school is supposed to be free, but around the country families are being asked to foot the bill for laptops and tablets for their students.
Breaking down the numbers of raising a family. The Department of Agriculture estimates middle-income families will spend about a quarter of a million dollars raising one child.
Would you spend $1,000 to go to prom? Many do. The recession, if anything, is a bigger motivator to go big for a high school dance party.
The Comeback Chronicles
A Seattle family learns the hard way how to manage its finances.