| Aug 14, 2013
| 9:57 AM
When budgeting for back-to-school expenses, parents generally include routine fare like clothes, school supplies and maybe a new backpack. But if your kids participate in extracurricular activities, whether it's sports, music lessons or art classes, you...
| Aug 17, 2013
| 3:31 PM
Inez Taylor of Belair-Edison sat in the midst of the city's bustling back-to-school rally Saturday afternoon, waiting patiently for the backpacks with school supplies to be handed out for free.
She wasn't about to miss it. She has five kids, all school-...
| May 15, 2013
| 11:59 AM
May 29 has been dubbed 529 College Savings Day -- get it 5/29 and 529, as in the part of the tax code that allows the savings plan? -- and the College Savings Plans of Maryland (CSPM) is teaming up with the Maryland Zoo to promote awareness of the plans. ...
| Dec 31, 2011
With 2011 winding down, there's still time for some smart moves to keep your finances in order. Here are some tips that will help you in 2011 and next year:
Make charitable donations. Make a donation today by credit card and you'll get the deduction on...
| Feb 5, 2012
Death and taxes might be certain, but the latter changes each year.
Even without major tax legislation — thanks, political gridlock — taxpayers need to be aware of even slight adjustments that could benefit them as they prepare their returns....
| Oct 19, 2012
| 2:03 PM
Two college savings plans managed by T. Rowe Price rank among the best in the country — the eighth time that the Baltimore-based investment firm has been included in Morningstar's annual survey of top plans.
Only once — the year after the...
| Aug 24, 2011
| 7:04 AM
With South Florida kids back in school, now’s as good a time as any to educate kids about finance.
Most of today's parents are already trying to teach money management at an earlier age, before their sons and daughters turn 12, a recent survey from...
| Nov 18, 2011
| 7:45 AM
Parents wanting to enroll their baby in the Florida Prepaid plan face paying a mind-boggling $49,293 for four years tuition at a public university -- or $298 a month until the October before the child graduates from high school.
That's more than triple...
| Feb 25, 2011
| 6:43 AM
During some recent prenatal interviews with couples expecting their first baby, I’ve been asked about cord blood banking. This question often comes up as prospective parents receive information from either their obstetricians or via the mail regarding...
| May 28, 2012
| 7:27 AM
Saving for College
Save for your child's college expenses in the context of your total financial plan. As the saying goes, "You can borrow money for college, but you can't borrow for your retirement." Create a college savings plan that considers your...
| Jan 3, 2012
| 3:00 AM
Education beyond high school is a key to success later in life. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, 62 percent of all U.S. jobs now require a minimum of two-year or four-year degrees or special post-secondary training. That number is expected to...