The best of the web on money, markets and all things financial, as chosen daily by Globe and Mail personal finance columnist Rob Carrick.
It costs HOW MUCH to raise a kid?
A U.S. estimate puts the number at $250,000 (U.S.) for raising a child to age 18, up 2 per cent from last year.
Nineteen things you must do before having kids
Many of them involve spending money you will not have once you're a parent.
Can't save? Stop making excuses
Eight reasons not to save, and a dismissal for each in this blog post.
20 life hacks for college kids
A long list of nifty ways to economize. Example: Hang your paper towel roll on a clothes hanger, and use a pizza box as a dustpan.
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