$241,080: The Cost to Raise a Kid

Posted on 08/16/2013 by | Money and Work | Comments

Bulletin Today | Money & SavingsDear Adult Children, If you don’t appreciate your parents by now, perhaps this will change your mind: Raising a kid today costs $241,080 — and that doesn’t even count spiraling higher education expenses, according to a new government report. (By the way, you’re welcome Bloomberg’s Zara Kessler.) That figure represents an increase from the $219,500 (inflation adjusted) that we boomer parents shelled out to raise your generation (born around 1990), says Mark Lino, an economist who did the calculations for …

Are We Teaching Our Next Generation the Right Stuff?

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

Bulletin TodayI was on break from college, and proud to tell dad about my new major. “General Studies in the Humanities” sounded cool to me, but he was less impressed. “What the hell use will that be in world?” he wanted to know. “I’ll be a better human,” I snarked, stumped for a better answer. A report released today would have helped my case with dad. The Heart of the Matter comes from the American Academy of Arts and Sciences’ Commission …

Boomers Once Led the World in Education. What Happened?

Posted on 06/19/2013 by | Who's News | Comments

Bulletin TodayIn the 1960s and 1970s, the United States had the best-educated young people in the world, or pretty close to it. But a disturbing new report from the Council on Foreign Relations says that the generations who’ve followed the boomers haven’t been able to maintain that global edge — and that, as a result, America’s ability to compete economically is suffering as well. Related: Are We Teaching Our Next Generation the Right Stuff? The council, a nonpartisan think tank whose …

Life@50+ Is a Sure Winner

Posted on 06/3/2013 by | The Ultimate Cheapskate | Comments

Money & SavingsI’ve never been a gambler, but I just returned from Las Vegas where a $25 bet netted people a big-time jackpot. No, I didn’t temporarily lose my miserly mind in the heat of the Nevada desert and roll the dice in some swanky Vegas casino. I’m way too cheap to tell people to throw away good money like that. I’m talking about a mere $25 for the cost of admission to the three-day AARP Life @50+ National Event held at …

One Small Voice of Change

Posted on 10/17/2012 by | AARP Blog Author | Comments

Uncategorized  Felice Shapiro is a writer, entrepreneur, and publisher as well as the founder of Better After 50, a weekly online magazine. In addition to being a teacher and avid runner, hiker, and yogi, she is an AARP contributor. So bright-eyed and passionate, Malala. Her small voice may hopefully become the ammunition that helps defeat the Taliban’s ban on a girl’s right to be educated. Is she too small, too alone and too wounded to effect change?  Apparently not! On October 9, …

The Takeaway: Ivy League Janitor Graduates

Posted on 05/18/2012 by | Brooklyn, NY | Comments

Bulletin TodayGac Filipaj, 52, has worked as a janitor at Columbia University for X years. During this time, Filipaj—a refugee from war-torn Yugoslavia—took advantage of the free classes offered to employees to first learn English and then earn a bachelor’s degree in classics.