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, 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

, , , | Wednesday, June 3rd, 2015

Staying Afloat Amidst Encroaching Student Debt

Tweet   As the class of 2015 accepts their diplomas and sets off into the real world, student loan debt continues to rise at unprecedented rates. Is there any way to stay afloat when debt is affecting 40 million people nationwide? Student debt is a national crisis at an all-time high of $1.5 million; however,… View Article

| Friday, May 22nd, 2015

Reward Your Kids’ Healthy Choices

Encouraging kids to stay active and healthy doesn’t have to involve an overload of nagging. With summer break just around the corner, you might have visions of your kids spending hours in the pool, riding their bikes with their friends and snacking on watermelon slices washed down with organic milk. Your kiddos, on the other… View Article

| Thursday, May 14th, 2015

Recent Changes to Credit Scores and Reporting

  Credit scores play an important role in your financial life. Not only is a good score essential for obvious financial events like qualifying for a loan or getting a credit card, but also for the less obvious like obtaining cell phone service, renting a car, or perhaps even getting a job. Two important changes to… View Article

| Wednesday, May 6th, 2015

Saving Contributes to Financial Well-Being

Getting on the right track for saving for big goals requires the first step to be a good one. Do you remember the first time your parents let you open a bank account? Do you remember having a piggy bank or a place where you could see your money grow? Today we have online banks… View Article



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