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Segment Their Allowance (79/365)

Each week, my children receive a small allowance. It’s not tied to any chores; instead, it’s mostly a tool to teach them about money management. We pay them in quarters, with each child receiving twice the number of quarters as their age. […]

The Moral Instinct and Your Money

I recently came across a fascinating article from the New York Times by Steven Pinker called The Moral Instinct. […]

Utilize Community Resources (78/365)

This past weekend, Sarah and I went on a long walk in the woods at a state park, checked out the restored birthplace of President Herbert Hoover, ate a picnic meal in a beautiful grove, found a bunch of Devonian-era fossils, and played with our children on a playground. Our total cost for all of this – minus the food we brought ourselves – was nothing. […]

Reader Mailbag: Trail Walking

What’s inside? Here are the questions answered in today’s reader mailbag, boiled down to five word summaries. Click on the number to jump straight down to the question. 1. Frugal meal tip 2. Picnic planning 3. Roof repairs and homeowners insurance 4. Maternity leave challenges 5. Tax blues 6. Saving on phone service 7. Retirement savings and deductions 8. “Walking Dead” thoughts 9. […]

Go Outside (77/365)

Over the last week, I’ve mostly discussed indoor activities when discussing inexpensive ways to spend time with your family. Art projects? Usually inside. Reading? Usually inside. Making things in your kitchen? Usually inside. We’ve just been through an Iowa winter. Much of the last few months was spent on indoor activities. Today, though, the weather is beautiful. The sun is shining. […]

Why Do It Yourself? Digging into the Value of DIY

A few days ago, I spent more than two hours dismantling and reassembling the guts of a toilet tank. There were some issues with flushing, and I wanted to see if I could diagnose it myself (I did, actually; there was a small broken part that was simple to replace). […]

Minimize Television Time (76/365)

Whenever I tell people about the family activities I’ve talked about over the last week – art projects, lots of reading, making your own crayons, and so on – they usually end up asking “where do you find the time for all of this stuff?” Our secret is a simple one: we drastically minimize television time. In our house, there is a simple “no television” rule from Monday to Friday between the time th […]

Ten Pieces of Inspiration #64

Each week, I highlight ten things each week that inspired me to greater financial, personal, and professional success. Hopefully, they will inspire you as well. 1. Over the years, I’ve served as secretary for several different groups. […]

Read Together as a Family (75/365)

If there’s one thing our family has an abundance of, it’s books. Nearly every room in our home has a bookshelf in it, and most of them are full. Reading is not a “sometimes” activity in our home. It’s an every day activity. Part of the reason for that is that Sarah and I are passionate readers, period. […]

Making Money from a Passion

If you’re passionate about something, you can make money from it, because people will pay for passion. Sometimes, it’s enough to earn a living, and on occasion, you can make really good money from your passion. Whenever I tell people this, they usually scoff. […]