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

How to Teach Kids About Money – Ideas for Every Age

Teaching our kids about money and finances is arguably one of the most important things we do as parents. And yet, most kids are not learning financial literacy in school. It’s up to us to give our kids a solid financial education to help them succeed as adults.
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How to Raise Smart Savers (in a World of Spenders)

As parents, we want the best for our children. We want them to be healthy and educated. We want them to find a passion, be happy, and succeed. And if you’re a follower of Raising Savers, it’s likely you want them to start saving early.

In a highly consumerized world this is tough. From an early age our kids are exposed to media and peer pressure to spend, spend, spend. So, how do you raise kids who are financially literate and savvy savers?

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