The 30-Minute Money Plan for Moms: How to Maximize Your Family Budget in Minimal Time

The 30-Minute Money Plan for Moms: How to Maximize Your Family Budget in Minimal Time

by Catey Hill

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"A handy resource for any parent trying to figure out how to balance a family budget."
- Soledad O'Brien, anchor of Matter of Fact with Soledad O'Brien

"An indispensable guide for parents who want to gain control of their finances."
- Elizabeth Willard Thames, author of Meet the Frugalwoods

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.

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?

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:
  • 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!

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781478975663
Publisher: Center Street
Publication date: 04/24/2018
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,069,700
File size: 778 KB

About the Author

Catey Hill is the deputy editor for Dow Jones' Moneyish and has written for The Wall Street Journal, MarketWatch, 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. She has also been featured in numerous magazines, including People, The New York Times, Woman's Day and Cosmopolitan. She lives in Brooklyn, NY with her husband, daughter and their cat, Mouse.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Part I How to Save Money without Losing Your Mind 1

1 What It Costs to Raise Your Kids Each Year 3

2 Food: Super Supermarket Saving 19

3 Housing: Home Sweet (Affordable) Home 37

4 Clothing: Dress for Less 54

5 Childcare: Picking and Paying for Daycare and Babysitters 62

6 Transportation: Driving Toward Savings 82

7 Education: A Smarter Way to Pay for School and College 89

8 Health Care: The (Financially) Healthy Way to Get and Stay Well 111

9 Vacation: Get Away Deals 131

10 Saving on Everything Else 148

Part II A Mom's Guide to Getting Her Finances Under Control in 30 Minutes a Week 165

11 You Don't Have to Be an Investing Whiz to Build a Solid Nest Egg 167

12 The Smart Way to Manage Your Basic Living Costs 172

13 An Easy Guide to Paying Down Debt 181

14 Getting the Right Insurance (and Other Ways to Protect Your Family) 196

15 Building Up Your Emergency Savings 203

16 Saving for Periods of Financial Freedom (and Eventual Retirement) 211

17 Managing All Your Money in Just 30 Minutes a Week 226

18 When Mama Gets Hers: Maximizing Your "Gravy" Money 241

19 Saving for the Fun Stuff (and Getting a Raise While You're at It!) 252

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