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The Piggy Bank: Teach Them to Save

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/12/17 6:00 AM

The Piggy Bank: Teach Them to Save

Can’t get your kids to understand that they could buy that bike faster if they didn’t spend their $10.00 on a 500-piece kitty cat puzzle? Well your kids certainly aren’t alone. According to experts, “an estimated 38 million households in the US live hand to mouth, meaning they spend every penny of their paychecks.” So, if we, as adults struggle with the idea of saving up money and not spending it just because we have it then no wonder it’s so difficult for our younger ones to grasp the idea!

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Topics: Finances, Money, 100% financing

The Piggy Bank: But How Much?

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/5/17 6:40 AM

The Piggy Bank: But How Much?

Can you get into this allowance kick that I’ve been on lately?! I would love to hear how the allowance structure works in your family and if you have any tips that you are willing to share! We’ve been talking a lot about do’s and don’ts of an allowance but one thing we haven’t discussed is how much is a good amount for our kids. Of course, this will have many factors that affect it—the age of your child, your financial situation—you get it. Certainly, you don’t want to stretch yourself farther than you can afford. 

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Topics: Finances, Money, financial

The Piggy Bank: Allowance Mistakes

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/28/17 6:45 AM

The Piggy Bank: Allowance Mistakes

The blogger we featured last week, Kerry, is very quickly becoming my “go to” for teaching our kids about money. Her ideas are easy to implement and make logical sense! On her blog, Self Sufficient Kids, she highlights nine mistakes that are made when giving kids an allowance. So, as you consider instituting an allowance in your family or maybe are just trying to improve on your current program, take a look at these things we should all avoid for the allowance to be as beneficial to our children as possible!

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Topics: Finances, Money, financial, financial security

The Piggy Bank: Paycheck Breakdown

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 9/5/17 7:15 AM

The Piggy Bank: Paycheck Breakdown

I can picture it now, your teen hears, “8 dollars an hour” and in their mind that means $320.00 a week that is if they can work 40 hours. But when they get that first pay check, they will be unpleasantly surprised that they don’t get to take all that money home. Perhaps we can step in and help; help them understanding what tax withholding is, what they qualify for and where those deductions are documented but, in order to do that, we must understand ourselves!

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Topics: Finances, Money, financial, job

The Piggy Bank: Prep Your Teen

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/29/17 6:55 AM

The Piggy Bank: Prep your Teen

I’ve always had a soft spot in my heart for teenagers; what a tricky time of life! They want to be independent but typically don’t possess the knowledge or resources to make the best decisions. Then on top of it they are changing so quickly and so are all their peers… it all just sounds so confusing and anxiety riddled! Luckily, this blog does not require me to dive into the emotions of a teen. Today, let’s just look at ways we can help them with the financial aspects of their transition into adulthood.

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Topics: Finances, Money, financial

The Piggy Bank: Kids Books about Money

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 8/8/17 6:30 AM

The Piggy Bank: Kids Books about Money

Following games and movies, my kids love books most of all! Brody usually goes for the informative books—either about football or some sort of gross, creepy crawler. Emmy is more inclined to read something that involves a family and/or pet. Neither of them would be super stoked if I suggested, “today lets read a book about finances!” However, there are amazing children’s authors out there who have turned financial education into a fun read! 

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Topics: Finances, Money, Banking

Kid Entrepreneurs

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 7/18/17 6:15 AM

Kid Entrepreneurs

Most people learn best by doing an activity and kids are no exception. That is true when it comes to financial practices; we can talk about money all we want but if we can get them to participate in earning, spending and saving practices the knowledge they will build will build their understanding and appreciation. The best way to teach kids about earning money is by letting them make a little of their own—immediately we think of lemonade stands but there are other options available. Big kids could make money from raking leaves, mowing lawns or shoveling snow. Or kids of all ages could offer a modern spin on a lemonade stand by selling cupcakes during a yard sale, dog treats at a nearby park, or I even saw a temporary tattoo stand! By getting to know your kids’ interests and being creative you can make earning money fun for them and in turn providing first hand learning experiences on earning, saving and spending.

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Topics: Finances, Money, Banking, Savings

Bad Homeowner Behaviors to Break

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 12/27/16 7:00 PM

We all have bad behaviors we’d rather not, but if you’re a homeowner, sometimes your bad behaviors can end up costing you money. And nobody wants that.

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Topics: Homeowners, Money, habits, new year, behavior

Trade-Offs Home Buyers Should Consider

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 3/8/16 8:30 PM

Life is all about give and take - this is also true for home buying. If you find yourself with a sprawling wish list of features for your new home, don’t be surprised if you have to make some concessions. But don’t take it too hard – realtor.com has asked some experts about which compromises are worth making when it comes to finding your new home.

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Topics: Home, Money, Home Value, home buyers, Lot Size, architecture, trade, yard, garage, square footage, location

Taxes & Home Buying – All You Need to Know

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 2/23/16 4:00 PM

Just when you thought you had this tax thing down, you decided to look into buying a home! Whether or not you pay more in federal and state taxes could make a big difference in the amount of home loan you’ll be qualified for!

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Topics: Loans, Home, Money, income, taxes, Buying

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