Real World Financial Advice for Families.

Welcome to the DoughMain blog.  Here you'll find practical advice for talking to your kids about money and staying organized and connected as a family.

, , | Friday, August 22nd, 2014

Is College Still a Good Investment?

You may have heard that student loans now top a trillion dollars or that the total amount of student loan debt surpasses the total amount of credit card debt. These numbers can be off-putting and may have you questioning whether college is still a good investment.   But It’s Not All Bad News Last month… View Article

, , | Thursday, August 14th, 2014

Toilets to Roofs: Increase Home Values with These Upgrades

Upgrading basic elements around the house can lead to a greater overall return on your investment when it comes time to sell. Bathrooms, landscaping and kitchens provide opportunities for families to work together, on their own, using their own hands, to improve the potential for boosting home value. Real estate isn’t all about the bottom… View Article

, , | Friday, August 8th, 2014

Freshman Saving Tips

Stick to a Budget Create a Budget. It does not have to be complicated and detailed. Just outline the important stuff, how much money you will receive monthly and the expenses you are excepting to incur. Also remember to include “carrying money” in your budget but don’t take out more than you budgeted or you… View Article

, | Thursday, July 24th, 2014

Four Skills Your Child Could Learn Before the School Year

As the long summer nights continue to pass, the back-to-school advertisements begin to appear more frequently – just as the warm summer days begin to cool, prompting the leaves on the trees, shining with a bright green glow to adopt faint amber tints. The bittersweet end of summer brings a return to school and as… View Article

| Friday, July 18th, 2014

Making Allowance Work

  An allowance is a teaching tool so instead of simply handing out money to your children try to make an allowance work in your favor as you instill in them valuable life lessons. Break up the Allowance into Three Categories Make it clear to your children what kinds of expenditures the money is for…. View Article

, | Friday, July 11th, 2014

How To Get A Summer Job

If you are a teen in search of a summer job, I feel your pain. Summer jobs are incredible opportunities to get some spending money for the school year and gain valuable working experience at the same time. Yet, every summer getting a job is becoming more and more difficult for high school and college… View Article

| Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

Streamline Your Home: 3 Economical Tips for The Modern Minimalist

Minimalism, according to its pioneering gurus Joshua Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus, is all about clearing clutter—material possessions or nonphysical things—from your life to make room for the important stuff: Health, friends, relationships and growth. If you want to create a minimalist lifestyle, perhaps the best place to start is in your home. As comedian George… View Article

, | Thursday, June 26th, 2014

3 Quick Ways to Make Money Online

At the age of 23, Facebook founder, Mark Zuckerburg, became a billionaire. While Zuckerburg was a sophisticated Harvard student with a ground breaking idea, he still owes his fortune to one prior invention: the internet. Fortunately for the average person, the internet is open to the public and is home to a plethora of money-making… View Article

| Thursday, June 19th, 2014

How To Motivate Your Kids To Do Chores

“Chores are a bore! Chores are a bore!” When asked to complete a chore, this is what my brothers and I would walk around the kitchen chanting at a younger age. It has been at least ten years since I last chanted such a thing, but in retrospect, chores actually were a bore. Not many… View Article

, | Thursday, June 12th, 2014

5 Ways To Save Money on Gas

Getting from point A to point B has never cost this much; in the past 15 years the price of gas has more than tripled. Based on this recent incline, it’s hard to believe that the price of gas will be going down anytime soon. Cutting back on your gas usage is a great way… View Article

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