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, September 4th, 2015

5 Easy Steps to Save for Big Ticket Items

Very few of us have money at the ready to cover an emergency, never mind the money for the larger purchases we’d like to make. This is why it’s that much more important to prioritize savings to cover both the items you need as well as those you want. Whether you’re saving for a new… View Article

, | Thursday, August 27th, 2015

How (Not) to be a Broke College Student

Between the growing national student loan debt and recent research revealing the impossibility of working through college to pay for school, the financial outlook for current college students and incoming freshmen is pretty bleak. Most students will probably graduate with some debt, but there are ways to save money and stay financially afloat in college…. View Article

, | Wednesday, August 19th, 2015

Kids are the Next Big Target of Stolen Identities

Tweet You might be well aware of the dangers of cyber thieves but have you considered the danger your kids might be in? In February, millions of children fell victim to identity theft in the wake of the Anthem Data breach and this is not the only data breach in recent months. With more and… View Article

, , | Wednesday, August 12th, 2015

College Doesn’t Have to Be a Debt Trap: 5 Tips for Reducing College Costs

Nine in ten parents believe that college is a worthwhile investment. While this statistic from Sallie Mae’s How America Saves for College 2015 report shows that the value placed on higher education is nearly universal, a staggering 84% of parents are also willing to stretch themselves financially in order to make college possible for their… View Article

| Thursday, August 6th, 2015

How and When to Land Your College Internship

Tweet Internships are becoming increasingly more important for college students to land a job post-graduation. Do you and your child know how and which internships to apply for? Here is a breakdown of everything you need to know about your future internship: Purpose of Internships Internships, whether paid or unpaid, provide invaluable experience for a… View Article

, | Wednesday, July 29th, 2015

Pool Safety and Keeping Your Pool Deck Organized: What’s the Connection?

Tweet The backyard; it’s a source of fun and entertainment for many families, but having a messy pool deck out back can potentially be dangerous for both you and your little ones. From slips and trips to falls and spills, there are quite a few hazards to look out for around the pool. Even the… View Article

| Friday, July 10th, 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, July 1st, 2015

3 Things to Teach Your Teen Before Handing Over the Keys

Tweet As a parent, it’s your responsibility to teach your teen to drive and stay safe behind the wheel. This can be a challenge and a nerve-wracking experience since teens are notorious for making snap decisions — and they don’t always use their best judgment. Help your teen make smart driving decisions. Here are three… View Article

, , | Thursday, June 25th, 2015

When Should Your Teen Get a Credit Card?

Tweet Credit cards are great financial tools that make purchases easier and more convenient; yet, to prove beneficial, they require a responsible and informed individual. You have to be prepared for a credit card and you need to make wise and mature decisions with it. This leads to the controversial question, when is your child… View Article

, | Tuesday, June 16th, 2015

Give a Memorable Experience to Your New Grad

Tweet As high school comes to a close, your graduate is looking to the future with big dreams, ambitions and new endeavors. Instead of giving him or her cash or material goods, feed your teen’s desire for adventure by providing an experience. Whether solo or with the whole family, experiences create memories that last a… View Article

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