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The Piggy Bank: Budgeting In High School

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 1/31/18 9:30 AM

The Piggy Bank: Budgeting in High School

As parents, we all need a little encouragement from time to time.  Sometimes it’s hard enough to keep our own lives together much less raise a functional human being who has good habits established as they enter adulthood. Let’s be honest, sometimes we feel like, “well, at least I kept my child alive today”. Success stories can go a long way to encourage us as parents to keep trying because we can see that effort does pay off! That is the case with BreAnna; she was given a budget at the age of 15 and now she is a frugal lifestyle blogger living in New York. She’s quoted as saying, “I teach people how to spend less so they can live more”.

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Topics: Finances, #SMCsmartmoney, financial, financial security

Resolve To Teach

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 1/11/18 6:45 AM

Resolve to Teach
 
“A New Year, A New You” “365 New Chances” “A New Year is the Beginning of Anything You Want” When I looked up quotes about a new year these are a few I found. They all center around possibility and positive change. For one, I’m not big on new year’s resolutions because I know for me, if it is really something I want to change about myself then why wait until January 1st to start? But for the rest of the world I know they are out setting goals for 2018! Have you thought about goals you could set with your children to assist in educating them? Sure flashcards and sight words are great but what about teaching them something they are likely not being taught in school? I’m talking about financial education, how to make smart decisions with money even at a young age.
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Topics: Finances, Money, financing, #SMCsmartmoney, financial security

Resolve to Save Money

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 1/8/18 1:40 PM

Resolve to Save Money
“A New Year, A New You” “365 New Chances” “A New Year is the Beginning of Anything You Want” When I looked up quotes about a new year these are a few I found. They all center around possibility and positive change. For one, I’m not big on new year’s resolutions because I know for me, if it is really something I want to change about myself then why wait until January 1st to start? But for the rest of the world I know they are out setting goals for 2018! Many have a resolution to become better with money habits, including saving up for a down payment to purchase a home.
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Topics: Finances, Money, #SMCsmartmoney

The Piggy Bank: Financial Crafting

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 12/28/17 6:45 AM

The Piggy Bank: Financial Crafting

I’m going to be honest with you all, I do not care for financial discussions. I don’t like spending money, I don’t like having to think about saving it… I think I’d be perfectly content living in a world with a bartering system or some sort of utopian society where we all just worked for the good of all and money does not exist. Sadly, that is not how this world is and therefore we must be financially literate which means our kids do too—as much as we hate talking about money and having to think about it, it is a part of our lives. But today, let’s look at a topic that is more in line with my favorites, crafting!!! It does still have a hint of financial education but the crafting outweighs the financial aspect so it is super easy to stomach.

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Topics: Finances, Money, #SMCsmartmoney, financial

The Piggy Bank: Sensible Spending for Ages 13-15

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 12/7/17 6:45 AM

The Piggy Bank: Sensible Spending for Ages 13-15

I was lucky enough to stumble upon an amazing infographic that laid out some age appropriate lessons that lend themselves to sensible spending in the future! This is an important topic because while our kids are learning a lot of valuable information in school, only 17 states require a high school course in personal finance. That means this responsibility falls on the parents This week we are going to look at the recommendations and abilities of a child between the ages of thirteen and fifteen. 

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Topics: Finances, Money, #SMCsmartmoney, financial

The Piggy Bank: Sensible Spending for Ages 6-8

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 11/23/17 6:30 AM

The Piggy Bank: Sensible Spending for Ages 6-8

I was lucky enough to stumble upon an amazing infographic that laid out some age appropriate lessons that lend themselves to sensible spending in the future! This is an important topic because while our kids are learning a lot of valuable information in school, only 17 states require a high school course in personal finance. That means this responsibility falls on the parents. This week we are going to look at the recommendations and abilities of a child between the ages of six to eight.

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Topics: Finances, Money, #SMCsmartmoney, financial

The Piggy Bank: The Big Lessons for Teens

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 11/9/17 6:00 AM

The Piggy Bank: The Big Lessons for Teens

Freedom. It is what every pre-teen to teen aged child dreams of! But are they prepared for this taste of freedom? What about financial freedom, are they ready for that? During their teen years they will start making real money and likely, big money decisions that could affect them for the rest of their lives. While this can come across as scary and overwhelming; with a little guidance, it can be fun and exciting for our teens!

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Topics: Finances, Money, 100% financing, #SMCsmartmoney, financial, financial security

The Piggy Bank: The Money Game

Posted by Kimberly Shane on 10/26/17 6:55 AM

The Piggy Bank: The Money Game

The majority of adults that I know do not enjoy talking about money so the thought of taking on a money discussion with your child can build dread! We’ve talked a lot over the last few months about ways to incorporate money talks with your young ones into your everyday life which of course will help train them as well. But I found this amazing game that Karen from Teach Beside Me, developed. It is a board game that helps in making these dreaded discussions just a bit more fun!

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Topics: Finances, Money, #SMCsmartmoney

Financial Literacy: SMC Smart Money

Posted by Morgan Saylor on 4/1/16 6:30 PM

Known by most as April Fool’s Day, today is the first day of April and we are kicking it off with some select advice about Financial Literacy – no joke.

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Topics: Finances, April, #SMCsmartmoney, literacy, financial

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