Kids & Money

Kids & Money

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.

Kids & Money

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

Kids & Money

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.

Kids & Money

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.

Kids & Money

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.

Kids & Money

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.

Kids & Money

Hello mother, hello father … I’m back

Living with parents has become increasingly common, according to a new study by the Pew Research Center. Pew noted that for the first time in more than 130 years, Americans ages 18-34 are more likely to live with their parents than in any other living situation.

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Ryan Stokes family wants answers about his fatal shooting by KC police

A prayer vigil and press conference for Ryan Stokes was held on Wednesday at the corner of 12th and McGee streets in downtown Kansas City where Stokes was fatally shot by police in 2013. The Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Kansas City has asked the U.S. attorney general's office and the FBI to investigate the shooting.
Allison Long The Kansas City Star
Ryan Stokes family wants answers about his fatal shooting by KC police 3:17

Ryan Stokes family wants answers about his fatal shooting by KC police

Mold and peeling paint create maintenance headaches at Truman Home 1:43

Mold and peeling paint create maintenance headaches at Truman Home

Chiefs QB Alex Smith on missed offensive opportunities 1:28

Chiefs QB Alex Smith on missed offensive opportunities

Royals' Alex Gordon on finishing 2016 season with with a winning record 1:35

Royals' Alex Gordon on finishing 2016 season with with a winning record