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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 3

This past week, we returned home from our Super Frugal Road Trip (2017 edition), and I’ve finally found time to total up the expenses from our vacation. If you’ve been following along, you’ll know that we embarked on a lengthy family road trip last month. If you haven’t and would like to get more detail on our frugal vacation, make …

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OUR SUPER FRUGAL ROAD TRIP – PART 2

This post contains affiliate links, see full disclosure below. Hey freedom fighters! We’re officially past the halfway point of the Mystery Money super frugal road trip, which makes for an opportune time to check in with an update. In case you missed my last post, our family left home on July 21st. During our trip, we’re staying in hotels and with family, covering over …

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WOULD YOU BUY YOUR CHILD THEIR FIRST CAR?

Hey everyone! In today’s post, I pose the question of whether parents should purchase a first car for their child, versus having them save the money on their own. My son turned 16 about six months ago, and is currently shopping for his first car. Naturally, this has led to many conversations with other parents about their own experiences. What …

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WHAT MY PARENTS TAUGHT ME ABOUT FRUGALITY AND HOW I’M TEACHING MY DAUGHTER

Hey everyone! I’ve got a guest post for you today, from my friend Dave, who blogs over at Millennial Personal Finance.  In it, Dave describes how he’s passing the money lessons he learned from his parents along to his daughter.  As a dad with two beautiful daughters of my own, the post resonated with me right away!  I hope you …

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TEACH YOUR CHILDREN ABOUT MONEY WHILE SHOPPING

Today’s post was written by Jacob, who blogs over at PowerOverLife.  In it, he shares some ways that parent’s can turn shopping into an important teaching opportunity for their children.  Enjoy! My parents always took opportunities to teach my siblings and I about money…including at the store. Have you ever viewed a shopping trip as the perfect opportunity to teach your children about …

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UNDERSTANDING YOUR KIDS’ MONEY PERSONALITY

Parents have incredible influence over their children’s current and future relationship with money.  In this post, I illustrate the importance of understanding how this influence changes over time, and that it should vary with each child.  Recently, our (almost) 16 year old son got his first job.  Make that, his first REAL job.  Over the past couple of years he’s …

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TRAVEL HACK: HOW OUR FAMILY OF FIVE PULLED OFF A 16 DAY ROAD TRIP FOR $650

    Want a great travel hack? On our summer vacation this past July, our family completed a 16-day, 3700 mile road trip for less than $1000. Actually, we spent less than $850…Canadian. That’s less than $650 U.S. Sounds like a pretty decent accomplishment for ONE person, let alone a family of five. I didn’t plan to write this post today. It’s been …

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IT’S SEPTEMBER, TIME FOR BACK TO SCHOOL….CHRISTMAS SHOPPING?

Seasons Greetings, Financial Freedom Fighters!   Sorry, I know, that was pretty lame. 😁  Today’s post is a short one though, so please hang with me. : ).  In fact, I wasn’t planning on posting this afternoon as I’m working on a longer article to get out in the next couple of days, but I couldn’t resist. My wife and …

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NEWSFLASH: YOUR KIDS DON’T NEED MORE STUFF!

One of the biggest mistakes I see many parents make is how much money they spend on their kids, or on their kids activities.  I’ve never understood feeling the need to supply everything your child asks for, or thinking that they will somehow be better off by doing so. If this sounds familiar to you, I can tell you that …

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GET LAZY WITH YOUR KIDS COLLEGE SAVINGS

Let’s be real, saving money isn’t always easy. I know, some people are born savers and for others it’s hard work. But I’m not referring to natural inclinations. Even for those who come by it easily, there is another factor that can make saving money a challenge: there are so many darn things that we need to save for! Anytime …