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, March 25th, 2015

First Job Means First Bills: 4 Expenses Your Teen Can Pay For

After a decade and a half of footing the bill for every expense for your child, the day has finally come when he or she can finally get his or her first job. Whether it’s babysitting, bagging groceries or mowing lawns for the neighbors, your child is finally going to learn the value of a… View Article

| Wednesday, March 18th, 2015

The Best Way to Track Chores and Allowances: DoughMain

Confused by all of the recent media reports telling you not to tie an allowance to chores?  There are several chore/allowance “camps”: Allowance – A weekly amount of money that is provided with no expectation that the child will complete chores to earn their money. Allowance for a set amount of chores – You expect… View Article

, | Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Practical Financial Advice Learned From Dad

According to The 2010 Consumer Financial Literacy Survey prepared for The National Foundation for Credit Counseling, 28 percent of adults don’t pay their bills on time. They also found that one in three adults aren’t saving for their retirement. Show those statistics to your dad, and he probably will launch into a long list of… View Article

, | Wednesday, March 4th, 2015

Get a Solid Plan for Financial Health

Spring is the perfect time to perform a simple financial health checkup. Use this time to identify any missteps you may be taking and how you can amend them. Here’s how to get started: Examine Your Spending Habits It’s a simple concept: You should be spending less than you earn. If you are using your… View Article

, , | Friday, February 27th, 2015

This America Saves Week: Take Your Financial Future into Your Own Hands

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Director America Saves Week, February 23 – 28, 2015, is the perfect time to review your finances, set your savings goals for the year, and set up a system that will allow you to save automatically. That’s why the America Saves Week theme is – Set a Goal. Make… View Article

, , | 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



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