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Dear Reader: Got a Little Bundle of Bills?

Alayne Sulkin

Published on: February 27, 2018

Toddler with cash

“It goes by in the blink of an eye” is the cliché that young parents hear when they’re suffering what seems to be interminable sleepless nights in those early years of a growing family. Well, I’m here to tell you, that cliché is true.

As I write this note, my last little beautiful baby and “bundle of bills” is walking around Boston on her first college tour. I was likely the only mama visibly weeping (my daughter Maya is used to this) in the info session. I do know there were dozens of dry-eyed parents with a giant lumps in their throats thinking, “How did my baby grow up so fast?” 

Our readership represents every imaginable and beautiful definition of family. What they all have in common: the need to have food on the table, a secure place to live and love to carry us through it all. Making ends meet is a big part of that. 

This issue offers a series of money-focused solutions for families (or, as we put it, how to get your sh*t together when kids enter the picture). In my own family, my husband is my perfect counterbalance. He’s, shall we say, less whimsical about money. I know part of his more conservative approach to spending and saving is wanting less tension and anxiety for our family.

In support of low financial stress, we’ve sprung into spring with free adventures. Your family will be inspired to forage in our forests, roller skate, visit baby sloth bear twins or bike the Arboretum. You’ll also meet the inspiring Pwint Htun, whom I recently met during a yoga retreat. Pwint helped build communications lifelines for families in her native Myanmar.

So, whatever your family’s situation, we welcome you to our March issue. We hope you find a piece of financial inspiration to carry you into the sunnier season.

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