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.

| 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

, , | Friday, September 12th, 2014

Car Shopping: 4 Ways to Stay Within Your Means

Car shopping is as stressful as it is exciting. On one hand, it’s frustrating to find the right car for the right price, plus you have to battle pesky salespeople. On the other hand, it’s relieving when you find the right one, especially if the right one also happens to be easy on the eyes…. View Article

, | Friday, September 5th, 2014

My Kids Love to Spend My Money

“Mom, if I knew that was my money, I wouldn’t have spent it!” What?! I had had an incredible “Ah ha!” moment. My son has a job for which he gets paid on Fridays. Well, this particular Friday, I collected his wages for him. That evening, as he was headed out with friends, he asked… View Article

| Thursday, August 28th, 2014

Wedding Gifts That Don’t Break the Bank

If you’ve attended a wedding recently, you know how expensive it can be. You have to find the right outfit and maybe buy shoes as well; then there are the travel expenses, the hotel stay and a gift for the happy couple. The full experience does not come cheap, and costs add up quickly. To… View Article

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