Kids, It’s Not Really All About the Money

Our six-year-old, Little I, has become quite the budding entrepreneur with great ideas on how he can earn his own money. But lately, I see his motivation with earning money linked to a shiny new toy.

I earn money to buy toys… The more money I earn, the more toys I can buy!
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20 Simple Ways Kids Can Make Money

Encouraging kids to make and earn their own money is a fantastic lesson in finances, and it teaches them the value of hard work.

In our family, we generally don’t buy “things” for our kids unless it is needed, time-sensitive, or a special occasion. Rather, we help our kids earn and save their own money so they can make their own spending and saving decisions.

The result? We’ve had a lot of conversations with our older son about how he can make his own money. Some of the ideas are conventional. Others are really creative and entrepreneurial. What are they? Here is our list – 20 simple ideas for kids and teens to make their own money. Continue reading

10 Tips for Hiking with Kids

If you follow us on Instagram, you know getting outdoors is one of our family’s favorite past time.

Why? It’s free (or darn close), it’s great exercise, and it’s great for the soul. In fact, recent studies stress the importance of spending time outdoors, both for kids and adults.

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The Tale of Two Cans of Olives – Everyday Money Lessons

Here’s a simple story about buying olives and comparison shopping. It is a wonderful reminder to use everyday experiences to teach kids about money – no matter how frustrating it may seem at the time! 

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“Light Bulb:” Changing Our Family’s Mindset on Spending and Saving

Lately, I’ve been thinking about how incredible a simple shift in our family’s mindset on spending (and saving) created such a big change in our financial trajectory.

Sure, our path toward getting out of debt and planning for financial independence has been a process with very intentional actions, but first we had to change our family’s mindset on spending and saving.

We are now thinking about money in a new way – not as a tool to “buy, buy, buy” but as a tool to secure freedom and independence (while also living a bad ass life).

As Gru from Despicable Me loves to say… “Light. Bulb.”

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6 Things My Toddler is Teaching Me About Life

Our second son, Little O, is nearing his second birthday. He’s full of charm, mischief, laughter, exploration, excitement, and big (huge) emotions. Staying home with him full-time is an adventure – full of fun, messes, and ups and downs. And yet, when I take a step back from the daily chaos, I appreciate the lessons he is teaching me about patience, learning, loving, success, and life.

Here are six lessons my crazy, awesome toddler is teaching me about life.

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Carrots and Saving Money - Simple Money Lessons for Kids

A Simple Story About Carrots and the Power of Saving Money

Here’s a simple story about gardening, harvesting carrots, and the power of saving. It is a wonderful reminder that kids listen, watch our examples, and can understand financial concepts if we take the time to teach them. Enjoy! Continue reading