12 Things Dad Taught Us About Money

12 Things Dad Taught Us About Money

Want to hear a money-related dad joke? (The answer is always yes.)

Anyone who thinks talk is cheap must not be paying his teen's phone bill.

Want another? (Of course.)

You're spending so much money on coffee each month, it looks like your budget got mugged.

Mugged. Get it? Oh man.

But seriously, dads give us a ton of punny jokes and grilling tips, but they also pass down loads of wisdom. In honor of Father’s Day, we want to look into some of the dadisms many of us grew up hearing and see how they relate to budgeting. Here are 12 things Dad taught us about money. 

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Mother and daughter sitting outside

Budget-Friendly Fun (Yes, It’s a Real Thing)

Whether you’re working on a big savings goal or just trying to cut down on your expenses, you’ve probably felt that budgeting belt growing tight. We’re proud of you for getting serious about your finances—but you can stick to your budget and still have fun. After all, fun isn’t a four-letter word. Debt is.

As a starting point, we want to give you a big list of inexpensive adventures to enjoy alone, as a couple, with friends, or as a family. Get ready to stretch your entertainment budget line, because we’re about to have some seriously budget-friendly fun.

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17 Ways for Your Kids to Earn Money This Summer

17 Ways for Your Kids to Earn Money This Summer

At some point on summer break from school, all kids find themselves doing the same thing—lying around the house, complaining about being bored, and looking for something to do.

And it isn’t long before they’re demanding rides around town and cash from their parents’ wallets.Get ahead of these problems by introducing your kids to the wonder of a summer job. With honest work on the agenda, they’ll keep boredom at bay and pocket some spending money. It’s a win for the whole family!

Here are some age-appropriate job ideas to try:

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How Budgeting Is Changing Everything for This Family of Five

How Budgeting Is Changing Everything for This Family of Five

The word budget was the last thing on Julian’s mind until this year.

“We lived with my mother,” he explained. “I have a job here in New York, but it’s very expensive to live in this area.” And it’s especially challenging when you have three growing boys! The decision to share housing expenses with his mother allowed Julian’s wife, Nicole, to stay home with their sons.

But everything changed at the beginning of the year.

“Something unexpected happened,” Julian said. “We lost my mother to a tragic accident. It was horrible for all of us. It was such a big hit.”

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how to get your spouse on board with budgeting

How to Get Your Spouse on Board With Budgeting

At some point, every couple disagrees about money. That’s normal. But maybe you and your spouse have such different views on money you’ve can’t even talk about it anymore without a fight.

You know it’s an unhealthy cycle, but you don’t know how to break it.

We’ve got a plan to help you find some middle ground. So if you’re ready to try again, here are five suggestions to get your spouse on board with budgeting:

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