- The Washington Times - Sunday, June 30, 2002

Books

• "Family Finances," by Ann Douglas and Elizabeth Lewin, Dearborn Trade Publishing, 2001. This book gives parents concise advice about everything from buying the nursery to paying for college.

• "Baby Bargains," by Denise and Alan Fields, Windsor Peak Press, 2002. A bible for first-time parents, this book offers product reviews, tips on how to not waste money and recommendations on saving it.

• "First Time Parents Survival Guide to Avoid Unnecessary and Wild Spending," by John Callas, North Star Entertainment, 2000. This book, written in the form of a question-and-answer dialogue, melds humor and common sense.

Online

• MSN's money Web site (https://moneycentral.com/articles/family/kids/contents.asp?p=2) includes helpful topics to parents, such as basic money management, education, estate planning and insurance. It also includes a calculator on the costs of raising a child.

• A site called "Mama: Your Online Guide to a Healthy Pregnancy," offered by the March of Dimes, lists seven easy steps to financial planning for a baby (https://mama.modimes.org/yourepregnant/yp-kachingfp.html).

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