Kids & Money

Kids & Money

Mickey Mantle cards and the laws of supply and demand

In the up and down market for baseball cards, there are all sorts of teachable moments for the kids. Consider Mickey Mantle’s first card with Topps. It’s now worth about $500,000 if it’s in mint condition. That’s an insane 674 percent increase in value over the past decade.

Kids & Money

Millennials lead the way in planning, saving for college

A Sallie Mae survey, released this fall, found that millennial parents reported saving an average of $20,155 so far for their kids’ college. That’s slightly higher than boomer parents, who have saved an average of $18,323, and well ahead of Generation X parents, who reported setting aside an average of $12,428.

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This book club promotes financial smarts

The consumer watchdog’s Money As You Grow book club aims to provide parents and teachers with a list of recommended books that can help children ages 4 to 10 understand financial concepts and issues. Nine books are on the initial list, with more to come.

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Legal insurance can help get your kids out of a jam

In the past several years, companies like Arag, U.S. Legal Services and others have marketed legal insurance plans that are offered as part of employer-sponsored benefit plans or sold directly to consumers. Parents can purchase coverage for a range of legal matters ranging from traffic violations and apartment leases to more serious problems such as theft and personal injury claims.

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A strategy for paying an allowance

Surveys show that fewer parents are paying their kids an allowance. That’s a missed learning opportunity because an allowance is one of the pillars of teaching kids to handle money responsibly. By using their own money, kids learn about spending, saving for both immediate and long-term purchases, investing and giving to charity

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Scammers turn to iTunes gift cards to steal from college students

The IRS issued a warning Aug. 18 that tax agency impersonators were contacting college students and demanding to be paid immediately to cover a bogus “federal student tax.” The crooks were telling students or their parents that they could either wire the money owed through Western Union, MoneyGram or other services, or place funds on iTunes gift cards to pay off the tax and fees.

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Dorm room essentials for the college freshman

If you’re wrapping up packing details before shipping off your freshman to college, you probably have the basics covered: sheets, bedspread, and pillows; towels; a backpack; a laptop; and cellphone and charger. There also are the desk supplies — scissors, stapler, paper clips, tape, file hangers and calculator. Then, there’s my list of dorm room essentials.

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After the summer job is over, consider the taxes

No one, especially novice workers, really enjoys seeing the gap in their paycheck between “gross” income and “net” income. Then there are all the nuances — filling out a W-4, handling tips and keeping track of baby-sitting and lawn-mowing jobs and related expenses, to name just a few.

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Pokémon Go also means ‘ka-ching’

If your kids are turning into Pokémon fanatics, it could cost you and in more ways than you think. Although the Pokémon Go game is free, there are several ways to enhance the gaming experience that can dent your wallet.

Videos

Witness describes accident involving horse-drawn carriage on the Plaza

A witness describes what she saw after an accident involving a horse-drawn carriage on the County Club Plaza.
Toriano Porter The Kansas City Star
Witness describes accident involving horse-drawn carriage on the Plaza 0:56

Witness describes accident involving horse-drawn carriage on the Plaza

Western Washington wins NCAA Division II women's soccer title 1:25

Western Washington wins NCAA Division II women's soccer title

Jerod Haase returns to KU as Stanford coach 2:13

Jerod Haase returns to KU as Stanford coach

Theodis “Sonny” Williams turns a box fan into a pretty and unique accessory 5:03

Theodis “Sonny” Williams turns a box fan into a pretty and unique accessory