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.

, , | Thursday, February 26th, 2015

7 Ways to Turn Saving Money into a Habit

by Brittany Lyte, Wise Bread The spending and saving habits of your past don’t define your future — your current ones do. And this America Saves Week is a great time to start with a clean slate. Hitting the reset button won’t cure all your financial woes, but when it comes to adopting good saving… View Article

, | Thursday, February 19th, 2015

Family Financial Health: 3 Money Lessons to Teach Kids

As parents, it’s our responsibility to shape our children into good people and valuable members of society. From an early age, we teach children important lessons about the golden rule (treat others how you’d like to be treated), respect, manners, telling the truth and how to share. But what about money? When should kids learn… View Article

, , | Wednesday, February 18th, 2015

5 Simple Steps to Save Successfully this America Saves Week

By Tammy Greynolds, America Saves Communications Coordinator America Saves Week (February 23 – 28, 2015) is an annual opportunity for individuals to assess their savings and take financial action. America Saves’ mantra – and the focus for America Saves Week – is simple: Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. When you know what… View Article

, | Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

The Rising Cost of College ~ Infographic

We’ve heard of the rising cost of colleges routinely, but what does that really mean? How much have costs risen? Why are they rising? And where is the extra money going? This infographic will explain.  

, | Wednesday, February 4th, 2015

5 Ways to Communicate the Price of Home Ownership to Your Children

To date, only 19 states in the nation require high schools to offer a class on personal finance, according to Council for Economic Education. As for the other states that don’t, many of the students fall through the cracks if they aren’t taught sound financial principles at home. Hence, the student loan crisis.   That’s… View Article

, | Wednesday, January 28th, 2015

Teaching Financial Skills on the Home Front

  With parents swiping with every purchase, kids don’t have an opportunity to see a depleting pile of bills in your wallet; they don’t understand that when money is gone, it’s gone; that its a limited resource. To understand its true value, children need to handle money. So how do we provide opportunities to handle… View Article

, | Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Quality vs. Price: Teach Your Kids When Paying More Is Worth It

Financial responsibility is an essential life skill at any age, and it’s never too early to start teaching your children the value of a dollar. Beth Kobliner, author of the New York Times bestseller “Get a Financial Life,” says children as young as three years old are capable of understanding the concepts of saving and… View Article

| Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Ways For Teenagers to Reduce Spending

Part of the journey to personal prosperity is learning to make sound financial decisions on the large scale, but it is also important to be ‘street smart’ about spending, and not overlook the everyday opportunities to save money. DoughMain Follow @DoughMainBuzz Tweet   This goes double for teens who have less experience in recognizing hidden… View Article

| Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Organizational Tips to Share with Your Children

With our busy and often chaotic schedules, we may find that even the most organized kids struggle with basic routines and to stay organized, but many others need assistance in staying on task and maintaining routines each and every day.  Teach your child organizational skills that can help them to meet their daily demands, to… View Article

, | Friday, December 19th, 2014

Budgeting Activity 101 ~ Create a Personal Spending Diary

“Mom, I want to buy a new video game, but I don’t have any money.”    “Where did it go?”    “I have no idea.” Many children today don’t realize how much things cost within the context of how much they have. Many children only see individual purchases rather than the sum of expenses that… View Article

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