5 Must-Haves For Your At-Home Classroom This Fall

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a massive effect on many industries throughout the United States, and unfortunately, education is no different. Countless families have been required to make adjustments at home to promote a more favorable learning environment for their children this school year. If you’re one of the thousands of parents who are wondering how they can possibly tackle …

How to Make Money as a Teenager: 12 Ways Your Teen Can Make Money Without a Job

How to Make Money as a Teenager 1. Open an Etsy Store 2. Sell Your Stuff 3. Earn Rewards with Swagbucks 4. Teach Music Lessons 5. Babysitting

A few months ago, my youngest daughter came to me for help. She was looking for a way to make some extra money. Her school had cancelled classes due to COVID-19, and she was facing a long summer holed up due to a global pandemic, with the prospect of not being able to see her friends that often.

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WOULD YOU BUY YOUR CHILD THEIR FIRST CAR?

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This post contains affiliate links, see disclosure at the bottom of this page or access our full disclosure here. It’s a question many parents ask themselves.  Should you purchase a first car for your child, versus having them save the money on their own. My son turned 16 about six months ago, and is currently shopping for his first car. Naturally, …

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What We Spent On Our Bermuda Vacation

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This post contains affiliate links. Please see our full disclosure below. We just returned from our ‘end of winter/early spring’ vacation to visit our family in Bermuda, so I thought I’d put together a short post on the money aspect of our trip. This is a personal finance blog, after all. 🙂 In a few weeks, I’ll write a more …

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Kids and Money: The Value Of Planting Seeds

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Depending on who you ask, my son and I shared some great bonding time this afternoon. And while I’m not sure he views the experience in quite the same light, it was an activity I’d been looking forward to for months. I can’t tell you the number of times over the past few weeks that I reminded him, “Hey, remember …

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The Hidden Cost Of Small Town Living

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My wife and I are raising our three kids in a small town, about 40 minutes drive from my work in the city. We chose small town life many years ago for several reasons; family supports, proximity to schools & church, general peace and quiet, that kind of thing. The lower cost of living, town vs. city, was also a …

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Mixed Bills – Random Thoughts On Money…

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Hey everyone, I was dealing with some writer’s block this week, it happens from time to time. But rather than try and force myself to craft some fine piece of personal finance wisdom (it wouldn’t happen), I’ve decided to opt for the ‘stream of consciousness’ approach, and download a bunch of money-stuff that’s been on my brain over the past …

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Helping Your Child Buy Their First Car

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For any teenager, buying a first car is a big deal.  Not only are there a lot of important decisions to make, it’s often the first major purchase of their young life. In this post, we’ll take a look at some of the factors your child needs to consider prior to buying a first car, and how you as their …

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Super Frugal Road Trip Recap

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We are a family that loves to road trip.  In fact, over the past 18 years my wife and I, along with our three kids, have logged more than 65,000 miles on over 20 road trips. During this time, we’ve learned how to create some pretty memorable vacations with our kids.  We’ve also figured out how to make them extremely …

5 Money Saving Tips For Your Next Family Road Trip

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This post may contain affiliate links.  See our disclosure below.  Today is Day 14 of our family’s annual Super Frugal Road Trip.  With 4 days remaining, and almost 2000 miles left to travel, it remains to be seen whether or not we’ll come in under our spending goal of less than $1000 for the entire 18-day vacation. The odds are …