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Got me a Safe Deposit Box

As a parent, I’ve recently been thinking of all the responsible things that I should be doing to ensure the well being of my family in the (hopefully) unlikely event that I drop dead. Worse yet,...

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From the Mouths of Babes: Made in China

Not long ago my seven year old son made an incredibly astute observation about the current state of the US economy. He was reading the label on some sort of a package when he said “Daddy, this thing...

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The Best Dollar(s) that I’ve Ever Spent

A few weeks ago, I taught my son to ride his bike. After too many episodes of running up and down the street holding onto his seat while trying to teach him how to ride, I finally wised up. We live on...

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Kids as a Tax Dodge

I know that this comes well after tax season, but I somehow neglected to write up something about this sooner. Regardless, it’s never too late to plan for the future… So here’s my advice if you want to...

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Kids & Money: Setting an Allowance

A recent post over at AllThingsFinancial prompted me to reassess the way we handle our kids’ allowances. Thus far, we’ve been pretty lax/inconsistent about allowances, and our oldest son has recently...

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Kids & Money: Long Term Savings

I previously wrote about how we’ve gone about setting an allowance for our kids. Briefly, starting at age five they get $0.50 per year of age per week, and this (along with all other money coming in...

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Kids & Money: Learning to Save

I just ran across a report from Montana State University on teaching your kids about finances. It’s a bit over a year old, but it’s short and worth a read. According to the article, only 7% of parents...

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We Need a Will

My wife and I have been making do with a pair of old, do-it-yourself wills that I prepared using an old version of WillMaker (formerly from Nolo Press, now an Intuit product). To give you an idea of...

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Kids & Money: Tweaking our Allowance System

I’ve written previously about the allowance system that we implemented for our kids, and I just thought I’d post a quick update as to how it’s been working, as well as how we’ve tweaked the system...

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Sandwiches by the Loaf

It’s that time of year again. The kids are back in school and it’s time to once again start packing lunches. This is actually a good thing for me, as it gets me back into the habit of packing a lunch...

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Happiness is…

Happiness is having a video-capable cellphone in your pocket when your three and five year old sons discover a rack of auto-inflating Whoopie Cushions in the toy aisle at Walgreens. The beauty of these...

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The World’s Most Practical Five Year Old

Every year my parents give our kids a variety of Christmas gifts including money for their bank accounts, some clothes, and a toy of some sort. But this year they decided to forego the latter, and give...

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Marriage by the Numbers

As of yesterday, my wife and I have been married for ten years. This got me to thinking about all of the things we’ve experienced together during that time. I actually started this list over on...

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The High Cost of Instant Gratification

This past weekend, I had an interesting interaction with our six year old. For background, we’ve been extremely busy lately and had gotten behind on their allowance. So when we finally sat down to get...

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Our Allowance System: New and Improved

After a couple years of stability, we recently decided to tweak our allowance system (again). For background, our original allowance system involved paying the kids $0.50/week for each year of age,...

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Stepping Back in Time: Our Life Ten Years Ago

Where were you (financially) ten years ago? Ten years is a long time, and sometimes it’s hard to believe just how far we’ve come. Looking back… It was the spring of 1998, and I was still in graduate...

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Should You Pay Your Kids for Good Grades?

A little over a year ago, I ran across an article in a local parenting magazine about paying kids for their performance at school. At the time, I thought it would be a great topic to discuss, so I cut...

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Turning Money Into Time

Earlier this week, I ran across an excellent talk on time management by Randy Pausch. If you’re not familiar with Pausch, he’s a former Carnegie Mellon computer science professor who died of pancreatic...

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Show AND Tell: How to Raise Financially Responsible Kids

This is a guest post from WellHeeled of the Well Heeled Blog. If you like what you see here, please consider subscribing to her RSS feed or following her on Twitter. My earliest memory of personal...

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Financial Books for Kids

Our thirteen year old recently asked me for some good books about investing. His savings account has recently reached a point where it makes sense for him to start learning about investing, and he’s...

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