A Fun New Way To Teach Kids About Money!

Teach Kids About Money: Lately, I have felt burdened to teach the kids more about money. It’s probably because our safety net was suddenly ripped out from under us, and I realize that if I hadn’t learned as much as I did about saving money, living on a budget, and being frugal I would be a complete mess right now. I also want my children to be grateful for all they do have and instill a desire to be cheerful givers to those who have less than we do.

All week I have been talking to the kids about introducing an allowance system (one where they work hard to earn their money), and a way to keep up with their chores. I also wanted to work on teaching them more about spending and saving, but to be honest with everything else I have going on, I figured that there was no way that was going to happen. Fortunately, I was wrong!

Teach Kids About Money

Today I joined doughmain.com and I have been busily exploring it, so I can share it with the kids when they get home. It was very easy to sign up for my parent account, once I did that I was able to add each of the kids, and even give them each their own special password to access their own account. In the parent dashboard, you can use the Calendar to mark important appointments for dates, create a chore list for each child, use the allowance tracker, buy gift cards, and utilize other family organizer tools.

Just to give you an idea of how easy the chore tracker is, I decided to give Jordan a few jobs to do today. It was so simple. All I had to do was check which jobs I wanted to add to his list and which day I wanted them on their and I was done. Now once he’s done everything he can go in and check them off as I approve them! This is what it looks like:

I think the thing my kids will be most excited about (besides being able to easily keep track of how much dough they have earned) is the financial responsibility game. The game is designed to teach children, at their level, so it comes in three versions. The Fun Vault is for ages 5 & up, Sand Dollar City is for children ages 8-12, and I Rule Money is great for teenagers.

I can’t wait to introduce this site to my kids tonight. I will be sure to let you know what they think, and how beneficial it proves to be to our family!

You can sign up using the link above and don’t forget to use the reference code “dough” for a chance to win a $500 Visa gift card!

Have you ever used this site before? What do you like most about it?

Big Savings & Holiday Cheer With Zenni Optical:

I have a family full of four-eyes! I used to wear glasses as well, but it was just for a short period of time after my second pregnancy. I do however think that one day I will find myself once again shopping for some killer lenses. After all, if you have to wear glasses you might as well make them a fashion accessory, am I right?

Holiday Cheer

The only problem with that can be how much you have to pay out of pocket. Thanks to Zenni Optical you can find super cheap eyeglasses that still look adorable. You may even want to buy a few different pairs of eyeglasses so you can swap them out with different styles and fashion choices.

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What Will I Give Up? Money Washed Down The Drain #buynothingnew

I have been reading Kisses from Katie, every day. What an awesome testimony! Seriously, you have to read this book. One of the things I found shocking was how affordable it is to not only provide an education for children in Uganda, but also clothe them, feed them, and get them the medical attention they need.

Yesterday when I was thinking about the challenge of buying nothing new for a year, I wondered what it would look like for me. In my pride, I thought, “I don’t really waste money”. Other than impulse buys I just couldn’t imagine being able to give much more than I already do.

Money Washed Down The Drain

As I was showering I realized something… I was showering with almost $100 worth of product. Seriously?!

WHY? Why am I I washing in a child’s education, clean water, and food money? Why would I do that? Well, the short answer is that I live in a society that is selfish, and ridiculously luxurious and I call myself poor!!

YES!!

I call myself poor, when children around the world are starving so I can have moisturized HAIR!! I care more about MY hair than I do children. I try to justify it by saying “I work hard, and I deserve to treat myself”. You know what? These kids work harder than I ever have, and I think THEY DESERVE IT!

Well, I can tell you that I will be purchasing much cheaper shampoo, conditioner, and body wash from now on, and the rest of that $ will go towards children, just like these:

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  • 3 meals a day
  • Basic medical care
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