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.

, | Monday, February 1st, 2016

Selecting the Best Low-Maintenance Remodeling Projects

Maximizing the value for your home while minimizing upkeep costs is the goal of every home owner. Remodeling spending is on the rise, according to new Harvard study Spending on discretionary home improvements (including kitchen and bath remodels and deck additions) rose by almost $6 billion between 2011 and 2013, according to a 2015 report… View Article

, | Wednesday, January 20th, 2016

Help Your College Graduate Get a Solid Car at a Reasonable Price

Buying your kid a car when he or she graduates college is like making a final payment on parenthood. With the American car market in recovery, you now have a lot more choices to buy good, safe and reliable late-model cars at surprisingly reasonable prices. A Burgeoning Late-Model Market Offers Solid Car Deals Late-model cars… View Article

, | Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

5 Tips to Save Money on Groceries

You are what you eat. If you have that mindset, you will happily spend more money to provide your family with the healthiest food you can afford. However, there are a few strategies you can adopt to scale back on your grocery spending without compromising quality. Plan Your Meals Aimless grocery shopping gets expensive, fast…. View Article

, | Wednesday, December 30th, 2015

The Budget-Conscious Sports Fan: Catch the Big Game on the Cheap

The biggest fans always make the biggest games, but championships are always the contests that cost the most. Fortunately, you can keep these costs to a minimum if you prepare and plan your trip in advance. Not sure where you can get the best deals? Don’t worry, here’s a guide for budget-conscious sports fans. Game… View Article

, | Tuesday, December 22nd, 2015

Diplomas and Debt

The Class of 2015 may be the most indebted class of all time. Take a look at these statistics. With 71 % of students graduating with student loan debt – and average of $35,051 – it’s time to consider what you’re going to pay for your education and how you’re going to save at college.

, | Tuesday, December 15th, 2015

Waste Not, Learn Not? A Closer Look at College Money Wasters

When it comes to college, it seems like everywhere you turn, you have to hand someone some more money. While you may have prepared for this, there are still few tips that might help you avoid overspending when you don’t need to. Textbooks are a huge cost. It’s estimated that the average student spends $1,200… View Article

| Friday, December 4th, 2015

4 Ways to Encourage Your Aspiring Entrepreneur

As parents, it isn’t easy to see our kids struggle, which is why it’s understandable if you want to talk your aspiring entrepreneur out of starting a company of his or her own. After all, an entry-level job at an established company can provide a salary and benefits package that your child likely won’t be… View Article

, | Tuesday, November 24th, 2015

Saving Just $50 of Your Tax Refund Could Mean Winning Big

As the end of the year approaches, we once again find ourselves dreading the paper pushing and number crunching of tax season. But, let’s not forget the excitement that comes with getting back some of your own hard-earned money in the form of a tax refund. Saving a portion of your tax refund can be… View Article

| Thursday, November 12th, 2015

Money Smarts: Help Your Teen Learn About Financial Responsibility

The Programme for International Student Assessment survey, which quizzed 29,000 15-year-olds in 18 different countries found that American teens rank average in their knowledge of finances. Eighteen percent of American students lacked proficiency of basic financial tasks, which included expenditure management and comprehension of an invoice. Financial literacy is an incredibly important skill that our… View Article

, | Friday, November 6th, 2015

Challenge Yourself To Save As Much As You Spend On Holidays

Consumers are getting savvier about saving during the holiday season. According to the Annual CFA-CUNA Holiday Spending Survey, 32 percent of us said we’d spend less in 2013 and 33 percent of us said the same in 2014. As that number increases, the ranks of those who said they would spend more has seen an… View Article

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