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.

, | 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

, | Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

Where is Your Tax Money Going?

So you think you’ve got your taxes handled: you pay what you owe every year, do your best to avoid tax scams, and are a dutiful tax law-abiding citizen. But do you really know where your tax money is being spent? Every year, American citizens’ wages are taxed at an average of 31.5%. With the… View Article

, , | Friday, October 23rd, 2015

Guide Your Teen to Great Financial Decisions 

Teaching your children to be financially responsible is one of the greatest gifts you can give them. By the time they reach their teens they should already have a pretty good idea about financials and how they work, at least on a micro level. Consider the following tips and resources for teaching your children about… View Article

| Wednesday, October 7th, 2015

Pros and Cons of Homemade and Store-Bought Halloween Costumes

It’s hard to believe, but Halloween is just around the corner. Already stores are filling up with giant bags of candy, pumpkin decorations and colorful costumes. This means it’s time to decide if you want a DIY or store-bought costume. While you might dream of being a Pinterest mom who can transform a giant roll… View Article

, | Tuesday, September 29th, 2015

Teach Your Child how to Socialize with Money

“The Family is a very important agent of socialization for both factual and emotional uses of money.”** Socialization is the process of learning from others, in various situations and places. It is within the social learning context that we understand the norms of what is right and wrong, identify customs, and learn skills and habits…. View Article

| Friday, September 25th, 2015

Back to School – How does your family stack up?

As I begin to adapt to the school routine – the crazy hours, rushing to activities, I began to wonder… As a parent, how do I stack up? And my family?  A few things I wondered about:        

, , | Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Blogging 101: Help Your Young Writer Create a Blog

Tweet Starting a blog is an excellent way to encourage your child to write, and it also allows her to explore words in a different way than she can using pen and paper. Setting up The purpose of a blog is for your child to share her thoughts, feelings, hopes or dreams online, and there… View Article

, | Thursday, September 10th, 2015

6 Ways to Get Chores Done

Tweet Disorder sets in fairly quickly in a household with young children. It can often be difficult to get everyone to pitch in. Here are some tips to engage your children, even when they’re not particularly interested. Step up the fun Play fun music, pretend to be aliens while sorting toys, or set a timer… View Article

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