Family, Resources

Travel With A Plan

I love the beach. When I retire, I want to live where 50 degrees is considered “cold weather” – and I can rock flip-flops 300 days a year. As it stands right now, a couple of trips to the beach each summer will have to do, seeing as how my wife and I have jobs, three kids, a mortgage, and are both years from retirement. So, when we do get a chance to go the beach – we want our trips to be memorable, relaxing, and awesome. I was doing some research on travel and came across a great article from Trent over at The Simple Dollar.  He has some excellent thoughts about vacation planning.  He writes about the “peak-end…

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Family

Catching Up

After several weeks of limited posting, I thought it would be nice to catch up with all of you guys.  First off, I hope that you are all doing well!  Here in Georgia, we had a very mild winter – and it already feels like summer.  I think it hit 92 degrees today! My kids and I planted a “garden” this year.  I use the quotes, because we only managed to plant some onions, some strawberries, and some butter beans.  I had plans for much more planting – but then baseball and softball seasons rolled around – the kids were busy with practice – so we just decided to stick with what we had already planted.  I have three kids,…

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Spreadsheet For Children’s Savings – Encourage Kids To Save

I recently created a spreadsheet to help my son track his savings.  He has moved beyond the simple three-jar setup that we used for his older sister – and I recently helped him open his very own Kids Savings Account from ING DIRECT. He really digs updating the spreadsheet, which helps him visualize just how much money he has saved.  Kids are visual – and explaining the concept of an online savings account can be rather challenging.  The spreadsheet keeps him informed and motivated. The spreadsheet – which is free to download below – tracks how much he has in his Totes Digital Football Coin Bank piggy bank, his wallet, and his savings account.  Screen shot – The spreadsheet is…

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