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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How Mom Taught Us to Be Smart With Money

How Mom Taught Us to Be Smart With Money

We’ve all done it. Mom rattles off another one of her signature one-liners. You roll your eyes. She can't always be right . . . right?

Turns out there’s some truth to those quips she had stored in her back pocket—especially when it comes to money. Here are a few bits of mom wisdom that check out, even though it may have taken you a while to come around. (Thanks, Mom.)

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5 Ways Your Parents Budgeted Differently in the ’80s

5 Ways Your Parents Budgeted Differently in the ’80s

This is a special year.

Not only does 2015 mark the 30th anniversary of the ’80s classic movie Back to the Future, but also it’s the year Marty McFly traveled to in Back to the Future Part II.

In the spirit of nostalgia, we thought we’d do a little time travel of our own. We’re taking it back to 1985 to see how the average family budget has changed since then.

So hold onto your hoverboards and enjoy the ride!

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How to Teach Your Kids to Use School Debit Cards

How to Teach Your Kids to Use School Debit Cards

We know the world is getting more tech savvy. And now school lunchrooms are getting in on the action.

It’s becoming more common for kids who purchase their lunch to pay with a special debit card or PIN that’s attached to an online account. Fortune reports that in 2013, about 29,000 of the country’s 100,000 schools were accepting electronic payments. The concept is pretty simple—swipe (or type), pay, eat.

For your child, this may be the first time they pay for something without you standing there. And swiping a card or entering a code is a totally different experience than spending the cash they earned from doing their chores.

So if your child’s school has an electronic payment system, it’s a golden opportunity to teach them about responsible spending.

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