Unique Ways for Your Kids to Earn Money This Summer –

Babysitting, lawn mowing and dog walking are all things that are commonly thought of as summer jobs for kids.  There are so many other ideas out there that get overlooked, especially for kids that are teens but not quite old enough to get job outside the home.  Summer jobs are a great way for kids to continue their financial education …

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Free Summer Fun? Here Are 8 Easy Ideas

It’s summer again!  Here are 8 easy ideas for some free summer fun: 1. Geocaching All over the world, people are hiding little treasure troves (caches) for you to find.  It’s free!  All you need is a cell phone with GPS — it can even be an old one with no service — and a list of local cache locations from …

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Paying For College Through Bribery?

It’s late May – are you starting to think about the bribes you’ll be paying out this spring? The end of the school year is rapidly approaching.  Your kids are probably busy with end-of-year projects, and studying for finals.  There’s probably some whining, and a few late nights.  You might find yourself reminding your kids of the importance of sticking …

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Why We’re Doing This: Part Two

Just a few weeks ago, the new and revised copy of Investing in Your 401k Kid was released in paperback.  Yippee!  If you’d like a copy, you can snag one here. One of the additions we made when releasing the print version was to add a Preface.  We’ve commonly explained our reason for coming up with our kids’ budgeting plan as …

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Mother’s Day – Rescued by your kids’ financial responsibility

Fathers, admit it:  you’ve been here before.  It’s two days to Mother’s Day, and you’re at a crossroads: “It should really be the kids getting her gifts — after all, she’s not my mother!” “I don’t know when I could be getting Mother’s Day gifts – I have a full-time job, you know!” “Maybe the kids could just make an …

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Why We’re Doing This: Part One

We’ve been at this now — writing, blogging, public speaking – for nearly two years now.  I’ll be honest: it hasn’t been easy – but it’s been a great adventure.  Why am I having so much fun?  To understand that, you have to know more about why we’re doing this. Jimmy goes to the movies.  To get into the movie, …

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Twelve Age-Appropriate Ways to Teach Kids About Money

Many parents find that talking to children about money is awkward, but it’s just as important to talk to your kids about money as it is to talk to them about the facts of life, choosing good friends, or the dangers of drugs. If you look back at your younger years and cringe at how you handled money, recognize the …

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Take the ACT or SAT Exam Early for Financial Gain

Hey!  It’s ACT and SAT season again!  Most high school seniors have already taken their exams, because they wanted to get scores back earlier to make their entrance decisions.  But what about younger students?  Did you know that there’s no minimum age requirements to take the exams?  And did you know that there are a ton of benefits for taking …

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