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We’re always talking about lengthening the school day or the “necessity of two-working-parent families” instead of making good economic choices like buying houses that are within a modest budget and being more mindful about why we’re attempting to keep up with the Joneses in the first place. Granted, there are some families which need both parents to work, but most families do so in order for their kids to be shuttled to one activity or lesson after another when school is out, vacations every year, sprawling, brand-new houses they can’t afford, new cars every two years, meals out more nights than meals in, and a thousand other things that our parents never gave a second thought to because it simply wasn’t done. Whatever happened to “forget lengthening the school day — make better choices with your money”?

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