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, 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

, , | Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Holiday Spending: How Not to Blow Your Budget

  Almost everything you see this holiday season will encourage you to spend money. You may feel pressured to buy the “best” gifts or top gift giving from previous years. In fact, according to the Consumer Federation of America, 1/3 of us planned on spending more during the holidays in 2013 than we did in… View Article

| Thursday, December 4th, 2014

4 Great Websites Teens Can Use for Self-Learning

As parents, it is wonderful to spend time teaching things to our children, and then watching as they put their new-found knowledge to use. From cheering for our daughters as they use the soccer tips we taught them to score a goal during a game, to smiling as our sons cook a Sunday morning breakfast… View Article

| Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

3 Tips for DIY Auto Maintenance

  While most car owners still rely on mechanics for routine maintenance, DIY repairs are growing in popularity. A 2013 data analysis by Google Think Insights found that YouTube queries for auto repair and maintenance were up 15 percent from the previous year.   Labor rates for mechanics can range anywhere from $75 to $125… View Article

, , | Thursday, October 16th, 2014

What I Gained From College: My Degree, a Career Path, Great Memories, and…DEBT?

Quick tips to tackle those impending student loans College graduation, it should be an amazing feeling, right?  It should be a wonderful time to celebrate the accomplishments you have achieved over your last 4+ years and to reflect on all of the cherished memories with friends, classmates, family, and mentors who have guided you along… View Article

| Friday, October 10th, 2014

Cutting The Cord: How & Why

Struggling with bills? Worried you have more money going out than you having coming in? Being financially secure is difficult and sometimes scary. Once you evaluate your expenses and see where your money is going, it becomes clear what is costing you the most. We need things like food and housing to live, but what… View Article

| Friday, October 3rd, 2014

How Can I Get My Family Organized and On Track?

So you started the school year off with a well-organized plan:  You had your car pooling schedule,your dinner menus in order and the kids on track to complete chores. But is it still working for you? If not, may I suggest DoughMain’s free tools? DoughMain offers: A family calendar to share events and schedules, with… View Article

, | Thursday, September 25th, 2014

Your Financial Goals: Top Tips to Stay on Track

Whether your financial goals are long-term or short-term, it can be difficult to stick with them when life gets in the way. With a detailed plan, you can achieve your goals while sticking to your budget. Follow these tips to keep yourself on track. Document the Specifics Your goal could be as simple as depositing… View Article

, , | Friday, September 19th, 2014

Balancing Your Savings: Retirement vs. Everything Else

  Should I save money or pay down debt? Should I pay for my child’s education or save for retirement? Should I pay down my student loans or build my savings? These are valid questions, as many of us have multiple savings and debt repayment goals to achieve at the same time. Figuring out how… View Article

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