Giving away your inheritance

Aug 16, 2013
Here's a conversation that might prove tricky: a young adult who tells her parents that she plans on giving away her inheritance.

Family finance with 'The Simpsons'

Aug 16, 2013
What can one of America's favorite sitcoms teach us about family and money?

Culture clash: Reconciling your family's different attitudes about money

Aug 16, 2013
What happens when multicultural families have to deal with different financial upbringings?

How one family went bankrupt spending $100,000 on Beanie Babies

Aug 13, 2013
A documentary filmmaker tells the story of how his father's obsession with the plush collectables cost the family everything.

The costs of raising a child

Aug 22, 2012
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.

The cost of raising kids

Jun 15, 2012
Top earners are able to spend more, boosting their children's odds for future success.

A bleak household financial picture

Jun 11, 2012
The financial toll on families from the dreadful economy of recent years is enormous.

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Letters: Real estate entaglements with family members

Jun 1, 2012
Tess is joined by senior producer Paddy Hirsch and credit expert Liz Weston to talk about credit utilization, bankruptcy amongst seniors, and the down side of buying real estate for your kids.

Kids and investing: A good idea

May 29, 2012
My 11-year-old son won some money in a math contest at school. He doesn't have anything that he is interested in spending his money on immediately, and I suggested that instead of spending it just for the sake of spending it, he might consider buying stocks and building a little portfolio. He seemed interested in this idea, but I wasn't sure where he should start. He has around $150. Can you help us decide where to start? Thanks! Michelle, South Jordan, UT

Getting back to our old (good) credit score

May 23, 2012
My husband and I gave our daughter $40,000 for a down payment on a condo. She defaulted on the loan and went into foreclosure. Consequently, our credit score has tanked. How can we get our old great credit back? Nobody cares that we were not the ones who defaulted. Please help. Cathy, Redmond, OR