Teens and Money: What You Should be Teaching Them

Teens and Money: What You Should be Teaching Them Teens and money go hand in hand Ahhh, teens and money management. It’s tricky. But teaching teens about money is usually more a byproduct of our everyday lives than something we set out to do. I’d like to change that with my son, so I’m developing a...

3 Ways to Save on Your Teen’s Car Insurance

3 Ways to Save on Your Teen’s Car Insurance For most teenagers, passing their driver’s license test feels like pulling onto a wide open road full of possibilities. For most parents though, the day your child becomes a licensed driver is a bittersweet event. While it is nice to feel less like a taxi driver, your...

Cars on the Brain

Cars on the Brain My cousin has cars on the brain. He’s 14, and talks about driving, the kind of car he wants, whether he’ll be able to get his license when he turns 16, whether he’ll be able to learn on my car, etc. I don’t have good answers for him either,...

Where to Start When Budgeting for Baby

Where to Start When Budgeting for Baby There are a lot of things to plan for when you’ve got a baby on the way: baby-proofing the house, deciding on daycare, picking out baby names, and…budgeting. Unfortunately, especially if you’re a first time parent, it can be hard to figure out what...

How to Make Money (for Kids) Fast and Easy

How to Make Money (for Kids) Fast and Easy Hmmm… how to make money as a kid… I spent a lot of time thinking about how to make money as a kid. Now you don’t have to. In this post, I’m going to share tricks for how to make money (for kids). I think of myself as an authority on this...

Savings Contract

Savings Contract My son & I talk about money quite a bit, usually in relation to how he wants a car. The last time he brought this up, I told him that for every dollar he saved for a car, I would match 50 cents, and that for every dollar he saved for college, I would match the...

What I learned from early jobs

What I learned from early jobs I believe that we can learn something from just about any situation. With that in mind, here are some of the things that I learned from early jobs/work I’ve done. Picking boysenberries. I learned that people will sometimes pay you to do things you love to do....

What was your first job?

It’s summertime, which means that a lot of students are getting their first jobs. What was your first job, and does it relate in any way to what you do now? How did you come to get it? What did you learn from it? Of course I babysat, pet sat, picked berries, and...

Childhood money memories

Do our childhood money memories influence how we act now? Maybe that’s a completely obvious question, because it’s pretty likely that the answer is yes. So maybe a better question might be “How do our childhood money memories influence the way we act...

Do you pay your kids for grades?

If you have school-age kids, do you pay them for grades? My son and I have a deal where I pay him for good grades, he pays me if there are bad ones, and no one pays for C’s. It seems reasonable to me. As a kid I always wanted to be paid for good grades. After...