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Oct 23 2012

Suze Orman Answers Our Questions About Money: College Savings Edition

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little girl with wad of cashAs part of our month-long series about Women, Work & Money, we’ve brought on internationally acclaimed personal finance expert Suze Orman to answer some of our questions about money. This question comes from Kveller writer Carla Naumburg in Boston, MA.

Carla Asks:

My grandparents give a small amount of money to the girls each year. We have been putting it in a UGTM (uniform gift to minors) account, which, if I am not mistaken, the girls automatically get when they are 18. What do you recommend in terms of this sort of thing? Do you like these accounts? Or do you prefer some sort of trust? Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 22 2012

Suze Orman Answers Our Question About Money

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suze ormanAs part of our month-long series about Women, Work & Money, we’ve brought on internationally acclaimed personal finance expert Suze Orman to answer some of our questions about money. This first question came from Kveller blogger and actress, Mayim Bialik.

Mayim asks:

“I was raised in a very old-fashioned home. My dad was in charge of the money, and he gave my mom a weekly amount of cash. As an adult, I’m struggling because my husband is great with money and finances but I’m also an earner and I want to be part of my financial life and future. It’s so easy for me to tune out and let him take over…

How do you suggest we divide financial responsibilities so that we both are involved but aren’t constantly having to make every single financial decision and do every task together?” Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 19 2012

We Left Corporate Jobs for Our Kids

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losing money off the money treeAs part of our month-long series dedicated to Women, Work & Money, Alina Adams talks about the changes in her family’s income over time.

Every subsequent child born into a family is supposedly better off. Their parents are further along in their careers, and there’s more money to go around for everyone.

Not exactly true at my house. When it comes to our October focus on Women, Work & Money, my third child is actually the most underprivileged. Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 18 2012

Why I Keep a Separate Bank Account from My Husband

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pink wallet with credit cards

As part of our Women, Work & Money series, Carla Naumburg enlightens us on the joys of a separate bank account.

Soon after my husband and I got married almost 9 years ago, we set up a joint bank account. My husband closed the personal account he had maintained since college. I did not. I kept my own account, under my own name. Nearly a decade later, I still have it.

We each have a checkbook and ATM card for our joint account. I also have a checkbook and debit card for my own account. My husband’s credit card is linked to our shared account; my credit card (which is also under my name alone) is linked to mine. My husband is the primary earner in our family, and his income is deposited into our joint account each month. My inconsistent income from writing, teaching, and advising, goes into my account. Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 17 2012

My Husband & I Approach Money in Completely Different Ways

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husband and wife doing taxesAs part of our month-long series dedicated to Women, Work & Money, Adina Kay-Gross talks about her “money personality,” and how it clashes with her husband’s.

When you met your significant other, in those early heady hyperbole-riddled days of Sunday morning brunches and trips to bucolic B&Bs, what did you talk about when you fantasized about your lives together? Did you dream about where you’d live? How many kids you wanted? Perhaps, since I’m talking to you, here, on Kveller.com, is it safe to assume you discussed religion and whether either of you cared enough to build a sukkah or join a synagogue?

I bet you discussed all of those things. Maybe you even went so far as to get into the nitty-gritty of your future kids’ education and if they’d play sports and how much time you thought you’d spend with extended family and where you’d vacation, if you were lucky enough to take one. Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 16 2012

What You Need to Know About 529 Savings Plans

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college savings jar

To kick off our month of Women, Work & Money, here’s some great advice from CPA Bette Hochberger about starting a college savings plan for your kids.

Dreams of your little one becoming a doctor or lawyer one day might be dashed when you look at the high price of college and graduate school tuition.  There are a number of programs that let you start saving for college. Here I am going to discuss the popular 529 college savings plan.

The 529 savings plan is a great way to put away money for college for a number of reasons.  The income generated, interest, and dividends, is tax free and many states offer tax breaks for contributions. The funds can be used for college or graduate school tuition, fees, books, supplies, room and board, and even computers. Tax-free contribution limits are high ($13,000 for 2012), and there are no age or income limitations. Read the rest of this entry →

Oct 15 2012

A Month of Women, Work, & Money

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women, work and money month on kvellerNow that all those pesky Jewish holidays are behind us, we’re turning our attention to another perhaps less spiritual though incredibly important topic–money.

Here at Kveller, there’s a lot of talk about work–those who do it, those who don’t, and those who do it and don’t get paid for it (yes, we’re talking about you, dear moms, who take care of kids full-time). But sometimes with all that talk about work (and all that judging that we try not to do) we skim over the really important aspect of work. That aspect is what we call cold hard cash.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York, we are dedicating the next month to the theme of Women, Work, & Money. We have a number of interesting pieces in store for you (advice from Suze Orman, anyone?) and we’re looking forward to some really great conversations with you.

If there are any topics you want us to cover, please let us know in the comments below.

This series was brought to you by a generous grant from the Jewish Women’s Foundation of New York. For more information about the important work they do, go here.
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