Real World Financial Advice for Families.

Our blog provides practical advice for talking to your kids about money. These folks created our financial curriculum and are also active teachers in K-12.

, | Thursday, April 17th, 2014

How (Not) to be a Broke College Student

Between the growing national student loan debt and recent research revealing the impossibility of working through college to pay for school, the financial outlook for current college students and incoming freshmen is pretty bleak. Most students will probably graduate with some debt, but there are ways to save money and stay financially afloat in college…. View Article

, | Friday, April 11th, 2014

5 Ways To Teach your Kids to Invest at an Early Age

If you want to teach your children to invest at an early age, you have teach them first how to save money and possibly, how to earn their own income. Once they’ve nailed down the concepts of saving and earning, they can better appreciate the concept of investment. 1. Be an Example Kids are visual… View Article

| Friday, April 4th, 2014

Identifying Tax Scams and Protecting Yourself During the Season

The Internal Revenue Service told the Wall Street Journal in February that investigations into claims of fake tax returns being filed by thieves increased 66 percent from 2012 to 2013. Identity theft is commonly associated with individuals obtaining credit cards, getting jobs and even buying homes with someone else’s information. But with tax returns being… View Article

, | Thursday, March 27th, 2014

How to maintain your current lifestyle while saving money

How many of us have given up on plans to save money because it makes us miserable? If saving made people happy, they wouldn’t have any problems getting out of debt or resolving their financial problems. Saving money is often taken to mean having to give up all your “wants” in order to save. This… View Article

, | Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Combining Financial Action and Education to Help You Reach Your Goals

  Combining Financial Action and Education to Help You Reach Your Goals During America Saves Week, over 1,300 organizations around the country encouraged individuals to take control of their financial futures by taking financial action.  America Saves Week may be over but your journey to becoming a successful saver is just beginning.  America Saves and… View Article

, | Friday, March 14th, 2014

Create a Simple, Solid Financial Plan With These Tips

You know you should have some sort of a financial plan in place, but you just haven’t gotten around to creating one yet. You’re not alone—60 percent of Americans don’t use a budget or have any other kind of financial plan, according to a December BMO Harris Financial Advisors study. The majority said they just… View Article

, | Friday, March 7th, 2014

Saving: More than a Passing Fad

  It was the late 90s and everyone I knew was getting a Furby. The Furby had everything a little girl wanted: it was fury; it could blink its overlarge eyes on its own; it could even talk in a gravelly high-pitched voice. It was the toy of the season, and my sister and I… View Article

, , | Thursday, February 27th, 2014

3 Financial Concepts to Teach Your Kids

  When you’re children are young, teaching them the concepts of money, buying and saving can help them with financial fluency later in their lives. Once kids learn that money doesn’t grow on trees, parents are responsible for teaching them basic attributes of personal finance. It’s up to parents to educate their kids on the… View Article

, , , | Thursday, February 20th, 2014

This America Saves Week: Take Action to Improve Your Financial Situation

America Saves Week, February 24 – March 1, 2014, is a time to review your finances, decide what you want to save for, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Did you know that… View Article

| Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Showing the Love: Are you a good model?

Visit DoughMain’s profile on Pinterest. As parents we are so busy shuttling our kids around, making sure that their homework is done, clothes are washed, and dinner is on the table that we just run out of time and steam. We’re an exhausted bunch, trying to eke out a few last minute chores before we… View Article

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