For the last two years, three very nice responsible engineering students have rented our townhouse. Last month, they all graduated, jobs in hand. (Engineering’s good for that.) As each of the young ladies moved out, Jon went to meet them to collect the keys, discuss any maintenance issues we should know about, and give them […]
As evidenced by the near-monthly blog posts I write on the subject, I spend a lot of time and effort worrying about my child’s relationship with money. I spend nearly as much time and effort on her financial literacy as she does on… video games. Little Bit loves her video games, and she spends as […]
It’s mid July and the summer weeks are flying by. Soon it will be August and thousands of parents will drop their kids off at college for the first time. As the day that their child leaves for college draws closer, most of those parents are wondering “Is my child really prepared to be on their […]
Kids want stuff. Fact of life. They want new stuff that they see on TV or YouTube or at their friend’s house, and they ask for things. Wanting stuff is not the best thing for us, though. Kids (and adults) who get too caught up in wanting stuff are less happy than who don’t. Wanting more […]
Do you want to know what allowance lessons a kindergarten kid is capable of learning? Jon and I were working on our list of 100 ways to save money article, and I asked our almost 6-year-old if she had any tips for saving money. “Nope….well, just one:” “If you save more and save longer, you can get […]
This weekend I got to teach my daughter an important but necessary lesson: Unfortunately, despite our best intentions, everyone wastes money every now and then. This week Little Bit learned all about buyer’s remorse. But she wasn’t the only one who needed to learn a lesson. A Trip To Target Little Bit is getting taller […]
Now that March 2016 is over and done, we’re ready for our monthly roundup of stories we need to update and what’s going on in the Jividen household. The Blog I’ve been thinking a lot about the blog and how it fits in to our lives and the personal finance blogosphere. Jon and I are […]
One thing I know about my child is that she is reward-driven….sometimes. Once she sets her mind on something she really wants she can be inspired to change. And, clever mom that I am, I can use that to my advantage to get her behavior to change. My daughter had finally stopped needing GoodNights to […]
I may have to amend my position on those darn toy videos.
A couple of months ago, my daughter became obsessed with a CleverKeet and saved enough to buy it in 6 weeks. Teaching kids to save for their goals is a lot easier when they have goals to save for.