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Read more about 'Money Talk' with your kids and how to help them become money smart.

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Did you Know?

Making a big purchase? Do your research at the library and online to make sure you are getting the best price.

Keep a money diary that tracks what you save and spend. It will tell you about when, why, and how you use money.

Tired of old electronic games? Trade them in for different games at a video/game exchange center.

Despite the New York Stock Exchange's notoriety, it was not the first stock exchange in the United States.

The word budget comes from the French "bougette", a little bag.

When you buy a stock in a company you become a shareholder, and own a 'part' of that company.

When you're shopping, avoid impulse purchasing. Make a list. It an item's not on the list, don't buy it.

Looking for some low cost activities for your family? Check out the community calendar at the local library.

Bring food and drinks from home for after sports practice and you'll save money!

If you had ten billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would take 317 to go broke.

The U.S. Treasury says that Americans hold about $15 billion in loose change.

Coins usually survive in circulation for about 30 years and a one dollar bill usually lasts for about 18 months.

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollack.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has 118 grooves, according to the U.S. Mint.

Martha Washington is the only women whose portrait has appeared on U.S. currency.

You can save a lot of money on magazines and books by visiting your local library.

There are many ways to help others: you can give money, your time and energy or items you no longer use.

It may seem silly to buy a winter coat in August, but you can save a lot by purchasing off-season items online.

When you use a debit card, money comes out of your account immediately. It's like cash, not like a credit card.

Almost half, 48 percent, of the notes printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing are $1 bills.

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Just for Moms

Tax time is here! It's not too soon to get your papers in order with our tips.

Just for Moms

The “Tipping” Point: Teaching Your Child the Fine Art of Gratuities

Next time you're at a restaurant or receive some other service involving a gratuity, you may want to use it as an opportunity to have the “tipping talk” with your child. After all, it is an important part of our culture and is relevant in social and professional situations. The following are some tips (pun intended J):

Why
– Set the context with how tipping came into existence with the historical background.

Who
– While there is no “one size fits all guide” to all the occasions that may require a tip, highlight some examples where tipping is common like restaurants, taxis, deliveries, personal services, etc.

When – Explain that tipping is not mandatory and the point is reward great service. It could be useful to mention that if you're tipping someone your visit regularly (like a barber), good tipping can make you a valued customer and create an incentive for consistently great care.

How much – Clearly, that will vary depending on the occasion and cost, but you may want to provide a few general guidelines, i.e., 15% or 20% of a restaurant bill or a taxi fare. This is a great opportunity to get in extra math practice; ask your child to calculate a suggested tip.