Category Archives: Financial/budgeting tips

Tax savings for parents with adult children living at home

Reuters has an article that all parents with adult children living at home should read before sending off their taxes. According to the article, low-income adult children could save you up to $6000 in taxes. That’s a significant savings that will make a big dent in the extra expenses your adult child is adding to your household! You can read the article by clicking here.

Boomerang kids' impact on your budget

Today, I provided some key tips for a story on  about how boomerang kids moving back home can impact your budget. Here’s a quote from the article that all parents thinking about welcoming boomerang kids back home should keep in mind:

“There’s a misconception from the adult children’s side, and sometimes from the parent’s side as well, that it’s free to have the adult child come and live at home as long as the room is there and available. That’s just not true,” Newberry says.

You can read the whole article on here.

When can your adult child go back on your insurance plan?

I’ve talked before about some of the issues you should address related to your adult children and insurance. Today I just want to point you to a great article from The Gainesville Sun on the gap in coverage some adult children are facing since they can’t be added back to their parents policies until health plans renew coverage. You can find it here.

Two key mistakes that can endanger your retirement

It’s natural for parents to want to support their children, even as those children reach adulthood. But in tough economic times, parents must remember to look after their own financial well-being as well. Adult children may struggle financially, but they have many more years of full earning potential ahead of them than their parents do. So, parents need to be careful about jeopardizing their own financial situation to support adult kids.

Mark Patterson, a writer for, shared the following two tips as part of a recent article on “attitude adjustments necessary for retirement success.”

1. Your retirement is more important than your kids’ college education.

2. Your retirement is more important than your kids’ lifestyle.

To view the full text of the tips, plus the three additional attitude adjustments Patterson suggests, click here.

Poll results: Should grown children pay rent when they move home?

Dallas Dirt, a real-estate publication in Dallas, Texas, recently published a poll asking readers whether adult children should pay rent when they move back home with their parents. The possible answers to the poll are:

  • Yes, after college, absolutely.
  • Not if they are in graduate school. After grad school, yes.
  • Only after they have been working for awhile, to help them “get on their feet”.
  • No but they should still contribute to the household financially and physically (chores).
  • Grown kids should never return home to live with mom and dad.
  • It’s up to the family to decide this case by case.
  • Daddy should always pay for everything!
  • The minute they turn 18 they should contribute to the family.

I’m not loving any of these possible answers. This is a complicated topic with no simple answer. I think the best answer is “It’s up to the family to decide this case by case,” except that in all cases the adult child should contribute *something* every month — if not cash, then they should still be paying a set amount of “rent” by working on extra projects around the house, like cleaning the gutters or painting the garage. (You can see my thoughts on adult children paying rent when they move home in the video here.) So, I guess if I were to write a possible response, it would be: “Yes, but the family should decide what amount makes sense based on their particular situation, and if no money is available, the adult child should work off the rent by doing extra jobs around the house (not regular chores).”

If you want to vote in the poll, you can do so here. If you’d like to see the results (in which a shocking 9% say Daddy should always pay for everything — I suspect those votes didn’t come from parents!), you can find them here.

Will your insurance cover your adult kids who move home?

There’s a lot of talk these days about the new health bill and its implications for health insurance for families with adult children living at home. But health insurance isn’t the only kind of coverage you need to think about when an adult child returns home. What about homeowner’s insurance and auto insurance? A recent article from addressed these questions. You can find it here.

Are your adult children "yuckies"?

Another new acronym has been coined to describe adult children living at home: yuckies. It stands for Young Unwitting Costly Kid.

The interesting thing is that so many of the adult children who still rely on their parents for financial support really are unwitting about the amount of financial pressure it can put on parents to support their children well beyond childhood. If your adult children are thinking about moving home — or are already there — make sure you talk to them honestly about any concerns you have about your own financial well-being, whether it’s major, like concerns about being able to pay the larger grocery or heating bills, or whether it’s a simple thing — like you’d been planning a vacation that you can no longer afford to take. A family budget can be a good way to get a clear picture of your boomerang kid’s impact on your household finances.

Video Tip: Should you charge adult kids rent?


Hi, I’m Christina Newberry from Today i’m going to talk about how much rent to charge adult children living at home. It may not be what you want to hear, but I’m afraid there’s no single answer to this question. It depends on a couple of factors.
First, how much can you they afford? If they could afford market rent, they probably wouldn’t be living in your home.
Second, why are they living in your home? If they’re going to school or if they’re struggling to get over a major challenge in their lives like a divorce or the loss of a job, you may want to be a little bit more flexible — especially if they’re just using it as a short-term way to get back on their feet.
Third, how long is your adult child planning on living in your home? If they’re just going to be there for a couple of weeks up to a couple of months, you might want to be a little bit more flexible than if they’re  planning on staying there for a long time like a year or more.
So you have to talk about what works for your family. I recommended any adult child who’s living at home for more than six weeks or so should pay rent every month. The simple fact is that they’re adding to your household expenses and they should be required to make contributions to that.
Plus, it’s a good idea for them to have this monthly expensive in mind so they are prepared for it when they are living on their own.

Are your adult child's finances your business?

One of the biggest sources of conflict between parents and adult children living at home — in fact, between just about any adults who share a household — is money. In a recent column for the Washington Post, Michelle Singletary explained when — and why — and adult child’s finances are, in fact, their parents’ business. The column was written in response to a letter from an adult child living at home that began like this:

“My parents and I are at an impasse,” she said. “After graduating college, I had minor credit card debt. I asked to move into my parents’ home after living on my own for a while to get rid of the debt, and to get other finances in order. I wanted to do a reset and start off right before it got out of hand.”

To see what Singletary had to say about this hot topic, you can read her column online here.