Back to School? Parents, Be on Guard for Student ID Theft

With the kids returning to school, you’ve earned a sigh of relief. But don’t breathe too easy just yet. From elementary through high school, students are 51 times more likely than their parents to be victims of identity theft. College students are ideal (and common) targets — and when hit, they lose more money and take longer to discover their identity theft than any other age group. And with forms, dorms and other threats, a new school year is especially …

Worried About Back-to-School Expenses? Search for the Best Dollar Deals

In just a few weeks, many students will find themselves back at school with newly purchased clothes and supplies. The back-to-school season can be an expensive time for parents and grandparents, but it doesn’t have to be — if you plan carefully. Here are a few money tips to get you started. Stick to Your Budget As with any event, have a budget. So, what’s your budget for sending the kids — or even yourself — back to class? Back-to-school …

Helping Grandparents Raising Grandkids

The end of summer is near and that means one thing: Parents are going through the motions to send their kids back to school or maybe start college. From that group of parents, there are approximately 2.4 million who are grandparents raising their grandchildren. For this segment, it is very important to be budget-conscious when going through expenses and to look for ways to ameliorate the big impact on their finances when supporting their grandchildren. As the great Bill Cosby …

Education Knows No Age

Hey blog readers! Jenn here from the AARP Communications team – sharing the story of one of our volunteers Zig Sokolnicki. He gave the commencement speech this past weekend in Chicago to a group of students at Wilbur Wright College. Eleven Gerontology students completed the Basic Gerontology Certification. As Zig’s speech proves – you’re always young enough to learn something new! Are you interested in becoming an AARP Illinois Volunteer? We’ve got lots of opportunities to fit your skills. From …

How You (Yes, YOU!) Can Help Kids Learn

With so much focus on the high-profile disasters and crises – Hurricane Irene damage, war in Libya, human rights violations in Syria and famine in Somalia – it’s easy to lose sight of some very real ongoing needs in each of our communities.

The Takeaway: Warren Buffett; Back to College; Seniors in the City

Warren Buffett’s op-ed piece in the New York Times sparked a fury on the Internet yesterday. If you missed it, here’s the takeaway in his own words: “My friends and I have been coddled long enough by a billionaire-friendly Congress. It’s time for our government to get serious about shared sacrifice.” What do you think? From earlier this year: Warren Buffett on “value investing.” … Back to school.  An interesting report highlights how the economy and the growing number of …