Category: Kids

10 Unique (and Fun) Summer Jobs for Teens

I was a fairly ambitious teenager. One summer, I wrote a couple nearby golf courses asking for a job. I told ’em that I’d work for free – all they had to do was give me free golf. Sound like a deal huh? I thought so. Fortunately enough, of those 2 letters I sent out, one …

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How to Make a Lego Table – with Storage Containers

Earlier this year my wife came to me with a picture, and said, “Build me one of these, please!” It was a picture of a Lego table with storage containers. It had some flat Lego base plates glued to a board with storage containers underneath. I thought….hmm…this table looks easy enough, I’m a man! I can tackle this small …

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When Should You Buy Your Child a Phone?

The label was right over the zipper and everyone at school had em. In fact, if you didn’t have a pair, you might as well go sit in the corner at lunch and hang your head in shame. Girbauds were the clothing item you had to have in the early 90’s. Rap group Kris Kross and others helped …

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The Perks of Community

Always support the head. Have the new diaper ready. Sleep is for wimps. It pays (literally) to live in close community with other people. These are all lessons I’ve learned in the past two weeks after the birth of our first baby! I was reflecting with an overwhelming sense of gratitude towards the people we …

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Making a Thrifty Small Summer Vacation

When I was 14 years old my cousin took me on my first camping trip in lower Minnesota along the Des Moines River. It was an experience that changed my life significantly. During my first trip we got to roast smores, cook Dinty Moore stew over the open flame, tell ghost stories, sleep in a …

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7 Creative Ways to Pay for Private School Education

In 2013, my family was contemplating whether or not to send our oldest son (going into 4th grade) to private school. At the time, tuition for sending our only son in school would cost our family a good chunk of money. Fast forward to today, and at the start of next school year, we will …

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What Has Charlie Been Up To?

So as a lot of you may have noticed, I’ve been spotty over the last couple of months in writing posts, and some of you may be wondering why. Well, I’ve recently started practicing what I’ve been preaching about providing multiple streams of income. BackyardChickenGuide.com – At the first of the year, Aaron, Laurie, and …

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Why Personal Finance Isn’t Being Taught in Schools

This one has been bugging me for awhile. And, I know that others have raised the question too – of why personal finance isn’t being taught in high schools and/or colleges for that matter (heck, it’d even be interesting to see it being taught in grade schools!). I know Charlie has talked about some of …

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Five Things Every Kid Should Know Before Leaving Home

This past weekend I had the opportunity to go up to Minneapolis and meet up with my fellow blogging peeps, Aaron and Laurie (from TheFrugalFarmer.net). While in Minneapolis I stopped by the Mall of Consumerism. Whoops. Sorry. I meant to say Mall of America. Must have been a Freudian slip! :) While at the mall …

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