Family Fundamentals

Family Fundamentals: Organize financial records in case of emergency (March 2014)

Family Fundamentals: Organize financial records in case of emergency (March 2014)

A friend’s father passed away last year. She later remarked that it was a big relief to find he had left his financial records organized and easy for her to find. I’m single and live far from family, so I’d like to make sure my papers are organized, too, just in case. How should I begin?

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Family Fundamentals: Examine decision to live together beforehand (2/2014)

Family Fundamentals: Examine decision to live together beforehand (2/2014)

Does living together before marriage help or hurt a relationship?

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Family Fundamentals: Know how long you need to store tax records

Family Fundamentals: Know how long you need to store tax records

I’m starting to collect the documents I need to file taxes this year, and I noticed we still have tax records for the past decade in our files. How long do we need to keep them?

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Family Fundamentals: Ideas can help family enjoy true meaning of holidays (12/13)

Family Fundamentals: Ideas can help family enjoy true meaning of holidays (12/13)

This year, we’re trying to help our kids focus on the non-commercial, non-consumer aspects of Christmas, but we seem to be having trouble getting the message through to them. Any ideas?

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Family Fundamentals: Get ready for 2014, organize tax records now (11/2013)

Family Fundamentals: Get ready for 2014, organize tax records now (11/2013)

I keep all of our donation receipts in a manila envelope to make it easy to figure our charitable contribution at tax time. But I don’t really have a system for organizing other tax-related records. Any ideas?

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Family Fundamentals: School policies can help prevent bullying (10/13)

Family Fundamentals: School policies can help prevent bullying (10/13)

I’m concerned that my daughter’s middle school isn’t addressing bullying very effectively. What sorts of things should schools be doing to reduce the problem?

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Family Fundamentals: Ohio Saves can help you with savings goals (September 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Ohio Saves can help you with savings goals (September 2013)

I had high hopes in January that we would build up our emergency fund to a respectable amount by the end of the year. Although we’ve made some progress, we haven’t been keeping on track. How can we do better in the future?

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Family Fundamentals: Establish routines to ease back into school schedule (August 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Establish routines to ease back into school schedule (August 2013)

It’s back-to-school time. I think I dread it more than the kids do because it’s always such a struggle to get them back into a routine after summer break. What can I do differently this year to help things go more smoothly?

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Family Fundamentals: Budget for basics for back-to-school items (July 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Budget for basics for back-to-school items (July 2013)

We’ve had some unanticipated expenses this summer, so we’re looking for ways to trim spending on back-to-school clothes and other items. Any tips? We have three children, in elementary, middle and high school.

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Family Fundamentals: Reading to infants provides good base for literacy (June 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Reading to infants provides good base for literacy (June 2013)

I’m a new mom, and I always thought I would enjoy reading to my baby from day one. But I find I feel silly reading to him (he’s now 6 weeks old), because it’s obvious he doesn’t yet understand the story. Should I keep at it, or wait until he’s older?

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Family Fundamentals: What to look for in credit card rewards programs (May 2013)

Family Fundamentals: What to look for in credit card rewards programs (May 2013)

Friends tell us they get good deals with credit card rewards programs, so we’re starting to investigate possibly signing up for one. What questions should we ask? We always pay our credit card bills in full every month.

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Family Fundamentals: Trouble talking to teen? Try some of these ideas (April 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Trouble talking to teen? Try some of these ideas (April 2013)

We have a teenage daughter who seems to be withdrawing. We barely talk. I’m worried about what will happen when she deals with a stressful situation. If we can’t talk about everyday stuff, how will we talk when it’s really important?

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Family Fundamentals: Protect yourself from identity theft (March 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Protect yourself from identity theft (March 2013)

A friend is dealing with the aftereffects of identity theft. Is there anything I can do to protect myself from that type of thing?

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Family Fundamentals: Retiring? Talk with spouse about concerns (2/2013)

Family Fundamentals: Retiring? Talk with spouse about concerns (2/2013)

I’m about to retire, and my husband retired two years ago. Although we have a great relationship, I’m a little concerned about being together 24/7. What advice do you have for us so we don’t get on each other’s nerves?

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Family Fundamentals: Credit: Know what you owe, how you’ll pay it off (Jan. 2013)

Family Fundamentals: Credit: Know what you owe, how you’ll pay it off (Jan. 2013)

How can I calculate how much total interest I will be charged until I get my credit card bill paid off?

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