Financial Education for Kids – We’re Making a Choice

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  Whether we decide to pursue teaching our kids to be money-smart from a young age or not, we’re making a choice.   If we decide not to actively teach our children financial education, then friends, advertisers and teachers will pick up the slack. In some cases, the first and last of these can be helpful, but we can’t be […]

How an Allowance Can Prevent Your Teenager from Breaking an iPhone – AGAIN!


How an Allowance Can Prevent Your Teenager from Breaking an iPhone – AGAIN!   What makes a great neighborhood party guest? The neighbor with the scoop on local gossip? A foodie willing to share the best new restaurant? A fellah with thoughts on how to keep kids from busting their pricey smartphones? Beyonce?   Although […]

It Won’t Make You Happy: Advice from a Reformed Spending Junkie


I’m a reformed spending junkie. Back in the 1980s, I made routine runs to the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, New Jersey, to buy pens at the Koenig Art Emporium. We actually went to Wayne initially to play arcade classics like Rampage, Gauntlet and Hat Trick, but we always ended up at Koenig, minus many quarters. […]

3 money-smart skills you should teach your child earlier than you might think

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  Start financial literacy lessons early — and I don’t mean as a Freshman in high school. Research suggests you should teach kids to be wary of consumer products and spending from a very young age — early elementary or even preschool.   “Parents’ influence on their children’s understanding of money management begins early…before they […]