How single moms can afford summer — without breaking the bank


The lovely people at Experian interviewed me recently about the horror that is affording summer vacation. Nevermind that the three-month break is an outdated model created when kids were responsible for toiling on the family farm, and women worked at home — not to mention parents were perfectly fine with NOT organizing their kids’ every moment throughout the year.

Instead, most of us are faced with three months which we must find supervision and engagement for our minors since the vast majority of parents work outside the home — including unmarried mothers of whom are the overwhelmingly sole support of kids, and nearly ALWAYS have paid employment.

Have a listen – this is a fun and info-packed episode!

What do you do with your kids all summer? What mistakes did you make in summer planning? Successes? Share in the comments! 

Check out Experian’s blog, full of all kinds of information for affording LIFE!





Emma Johnson is a veteran money writer, noted blogger, bestselling author and an host of the award-winning podcast, Like a Mother with Emma Johnson. A former Associated Press Financial Wire reporter and MSN Money columnist, Emma has written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour,, REAL SIMPLE, Parenting, USA Today and others.

The Kickass Single Mom: Be Financially Independent, Discover Your Sexiest Self, and Raise Fabulous, Happy Children (Penguin, 2017), was a #1 bestseller and was featured in hundreds of media, including The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, and the New York Post, which named it to its ‘Must Read” list.

Her popular blog, and podcast Like a Mother, explore issues facing professional single moms: business and career, money, sex, relationships and parenting. Emma regularly comments on these topics for outlets such as CNN, Headline News, New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Fox & Friends, CNBC, NPR, TIME, MONEY, O, The Oprah Magazine, Woman’s Day, The Doctors, and many more. She was named Parents magazine’s “Best of the Web,” one of “20 Personal Finance Influencers to Follow on Twitter” by AOL DailyFinance, “Top 15 Personal Finance Podcasts” by U.S. News, and “Most Eligible New Yorkers” by New York Observer.

A popular speaker on gender equality, Emma presented at the United Nations Summit for Gender Equality.

Emma grew up in Sycamore, Ill., and lives in New York City with her children.

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