Want Your Kids Gone? Gotta Let Them Fail!

“I hope when my kids are in their 30s, and I’m in my 60s, that they come back to live with me for a few years.” Said no parent, ever. Why are so many kids moving back home?  And why are they now moving back home not in their 20s, but now in their 30s? A recent Pew analysis of …

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Psst! Your Kids Are Probably Spies!

In case you haven’t realized it yet, I thought you should know:  If your kids are anything like mine, they are probably spies.  They might as well have a direct line to the NSA. They’re always watching you, monitoring your movements, your spending habits, and your conversations.  They are profiling you.  It’s not because they have some nefarious plans to …

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What Caused Me to Kill My Kids’ Allowance?

Last week we held our annual family meeting (details were given out in our June newsletter, which you can still receive by entering your email in the box to the right on our site), and I threw a surprise on the table that shocked everyone: I told them that there would be no allowance paid this summer. I’ll admit, it was a …

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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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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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Chore Magnets – A Creative Chore Chart

We’re big fans of having kids do chores just as a way to “pull their own weight” around the house – but we’re also fans of having extra chores available to earn some spending money, or some other privileges.  Chore Magnets are a great way to get your kids motivated into taking on some bonus jobs around the house. Here’s …

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Mom’s Dirty Little Secret

If you’ve been following our blog for a while, you know that we have kids who have been on a budget since they were 7 & 8 years old.  You can read more about that here. What we’ve never really discussed, however, is that when the budget meetings are held, I am nowhere to be found. Sure, Bret and I …

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