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Taking Care of Business Standard

Taking Care of Business Legal Considerations for Parents of Children with Disabilities As a parent, your number-one goal is to help your child to succeed. Understanding your children’s rights—and your rights as their parent—is an important step in achieving that success. Here’s a brief overview of those rights as they apply to education and financial planning.   School Accommodations Congress has adopted several Acts, including the Americans with Disabilities Act, Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, to safeguard the civil rights of students with disabilities. The Acts require schools to identify, evaluate, and… Read More >>

18 Budget Friendly Holiday Traditions Standard

18 Budget Friendly Holiday Traditions Tis the season for shopping for presents, cooking fancy meals, decorating our homes for the holidays and celebrating with friends and family. The holidays are a fun and exciting time, but all of that fun can start to stretch the pocketbook. No matter your budget, families can still enjoy meaningful holiday traditions.   1 Christmas Countdown Create a homemade advent countdown with construction or scrapbook paper. 2 Cookies for Santa Bake some special cookies for Santa, but set aside a few dozen for local firefighters or police officers and deliver them with your kids. 3 Movie… Read More >>

Money-Making Ideas for the Young Entrepreneur Standard

According the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, only 60% of teens were employed last summer compared to 75% in 1983. Without a job, where will they get the money to buy a car, save for college or even have a little spending money? Entrepreneurship is the answer. Take a look at some of these ideas and see if they would be a good fit for your teen.   Pet Sitting: This job involves caring for pets and includes: giving fresh food and water, walking dogs and cleaning out litter boxes. Pet sitters need to be early risers and have the… Read More >>

Sizzle into Summer for Less Standard

  Warmer weather, longer days and smells of sizzling meat on the grill are the sweet, sweet signs of summer. As you gear up for the season of backyard barbecues and spontaneous weekend getaways, don’t let the cost of summer entertaining take a toll on your wallet.   Sizzle into summer with these tasty tips and techniques that will make cookouts, road trips and impromptu pool parties mouthwatering for less:   Less Flipping, More Grilling: When grilling for that backyard barbecue, don’t make the mistake of constantly lifting the lid on your grill. Every time you lift the lid, you… Read More >>

How To Prevent Food Waste Standard

Food waste is a major issue that affects the environment, economy and food security. In fact, according to the Natural Resources Defense Council, American families throw out approximately 25 percent of the food and beverages they buy – the equivalent of about $1,500 wasted each year. As for the major causes of this food waste, the NRDC points to improper or suboptimal storage, poor visibility in refrigerators, partially used ingredients and misjudged food needs.   While the issue continues to grow, there are ways for everyone to address these causes and reverse the negative effects food waste has on the… Read More >>