There’s no doubt raising kids costs a fortune, but where parents spend their money on are often debatable. Summer is coming up, and one of the options for us to send our kids is a math summer camp. Is it worth a few hundred dollars a month for Sara and Jayden to spend a few hours every week to hone their math skills? Or is it a gigantic waste of money?

Confession Time!

Ask ten people who know Emma and me and all ten will tell you that I’m the one in the family who is always saying no to stuff because of how much it cost.

Yet, being the Tiger dad that I am, I was the one who suggested that Sara go to an after school math school a few years ago. The classes weren’t cheap at roughly $200 a month per person. Now add Jayden to the mix, and we are talking about spending close to $10k already with many more potential years of expenses.

Why Did You Pay for It Then

We’ve been paying for years, and we have to work hard to convince our kids not to kick and scream about going. Obviously, we felt the money was justified. Here are a few reasons why:
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You see these signs all the time, especially at large intersections:

“Rent To Own! No Financing Necessary!”

While I’m familiar with rent-to-own (or lease to own, as some call it) when it comes to appliance and even car purchases, I’ve always wondered exactly how this works with a house. I did some digging recently, and here’s what I found.

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Near the beginning of each month, many in the personal finance community share, with varying degrees of detail, their financial situations. We see net worth reports, and some of them are even itemized. I always enjoy reading these reports and find them quite interesting — and sometimes inspiring. However, I have always been vaguely uncomfortable with offering too many details about my finances. A lot of it has to do with my upbringing in a family that did not talk much about the particulars of finances with those not in the immediate family.

While I think that this taboo is part of my reluctance to share details about my family’s financial situation with friends and family (and the wider PF community), for many of us, there are probably other factors at work. Especially if embarrassment about the financial situation comes into play.
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It’s been difficult this week to write about personal finance because dishing out financial advice seemed inconsiderate given what’s going on in our country right now.

No matter whether you believe protesters are justified in looting, vandalizing, and even burning down the already struggling retail stores, I’m sure the horrific killing of George Floyd and the subsequent events that followed affected you in some way.

My skin color isn’t black, so I dare not claim to understand the injustice and all the intricacies of unfair treatment that the African American community has suffered throughout the history of America. But as an Asian immigrant moving to Canada as a child who now lives in the US, seeing the breathtaking video of the murder stirred plenty of emotions and brought out memories I didn’t even know I had inside me.
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Have you refinanced your mortgage yet? And I know this sounds like a commercial, but you are likely missing out on some savings if you haven’t looked at refinancing options.

With rates at historic lows, many homeowners already cashed in by refinancing in the last couple of months. In fact, the mortgage lender I worked with a couple of months ago told me that he’s been in the business for a few decades and he’s never seen the amount of volume they were pushing through.

And I believe him, because we were exchanging emails and phone calls all hours of the day, seven days a week. He’s been working nonstop, and likely raking in the cash.

Luckily, we can join in on his party if we can get a better rate on our mortgages. And while you are thinking about loan options, ask the lender whether adjustable-rate mortgages (ARM) makes sense for your situation.
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Is there such a thing as a secure job in this day and age? Even if you are a top performer at your current company, is your position truly safe if a natural disaster can wipe out your company’s revenue for months at a time? The harsh reality is that with the current state of the economy, there’s always the possibility that you could lose your day job and thus put your household finances in a major pinch.

Sometimes losing your job is voluntary though. Do you hate your current profession? Do you have other priorities? There could be more important things in life that require you to quit your day job, even if it means taking on additional financial risk.

How do you prepare if you are facing a 50% pay cut? I want to share with you how Steve, one of our readers, handled it.
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