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, January 14th, 2015

Quality vs. Price: Teach Your Kids When Paying More Is Worth It

Financial responsibility is an essential life skill at any age, and it’s never too early to start teaching your children the value of a dollar. Beth Kobliner, author of the New York Times bestseller “Get a Financial Life,” says children as young as three years old are capable of understanding the concepts of saving and… View Article

| Thursday, January 8th, 2015

Ways For Teenagers to Reduce Spending

Part of the journey to personal prosperity is learning to make sound financial decisions on the large scale, but it is also important to be ‘street smart’ about spending, and not overlook the everyday opportunities to save money. DoughMain Follow @DoughMainBuzz Tweet   This goes double for teens who have less experience in recognizing hidden… View Article

| Wednesday, December 31st, 2014

Organizational Tips to Share with Your Children

With our busy and often chaotic schedules, we may find that even the most organized kids struggle with basic routines and to stay organized, but many others need assistance in staying on task and maintaining routines each and every day.  Teach your child organizational skills that can help them to meet their daily demands, to… View Article

, | Friday, December 19th, 2014

Budgeting Activity 101 ~ Create a Personal Spending Diary

“Mom, I want to buy a new video game, but I don’t have any money.”    “Where did it go?”    “I have no idea.” Many children today don’t realize how much things cost within the context of how much they have. Many children only see individual purchases rather than the sum of expenses that… View Article

, , | Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Holiday Spending: How Not to Blow Your Budget

Almost everything you see this holiday season will encourage you to spend money. You may feel pressured to buy the “best” gifts or top gift giving from previous years. In fact, according to the Consumer Federation of America, 1/3 of us planned on spending more during the holidays in 2013 than we did in 2012…. View Article

| Thursday, December 4th, 2014

4 Great Websites Teens Can Use for Self-Learning

As parents, it is wonderful to spend time teaching things to our children, and then watching as they put their new-found knowledge to use. From cheering for our daughters as they use the soccer tips we taught them to score a goal during a game, to smiling as our sons cook a Sunday morning breakfast… View Article

| 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 per hour… 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

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