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Parents and kids and money

As parents, we understand the importance of literacy. We sit for hours reading with our children. However, children must be “literate” about money matters, too.

Learning how to think about money and manage it wisely is an equally important life skill. We must patiently help our kids “sound out” the many ways to control money. Our kids will learn by doing. Some lessons will be thrilling. Others will be frustrating, even painful.

In the end, we hope that our children will grow into financially responsible adults. The rewards are life-altering: living within their means, free from the anxieties of debt, and secure in their future.

This section will give you tips and tools for teaching money literacy – and help you assess your ability to model good financial habits. Read on!

Just for Moms

Love Without Breaking The Bank

The average U.S. consumer spends $116 on Valentine's Day gifts, meals and entertainment. While pricey gifts are generous, they're unnecessarily expensive and above all, quickly forgotten. Avoid budget heartbreak by forgoing the traditional gifts and opting for one of these five ways to spread the love without breaking the bank.

  1. Art Project
    Did I just buy movie tickets or box-office seats to Beyonce's sold out concert? The fact is, taking the entire family to the movies just isn't cheap anymore. Opt for a movie night at home and splurge on popcorn and candy to sweeten the deal. Check out PopSugar's list of most romantic movie moments for inspiration.
  2. Ice Cream Social
    No matter which ice cream flavor you prefer, we're pretty positive every human on earth can agree that ice cream is delicious, inexpensive and kids love it. Make like a banana and split to your local parlor or save even more money by making it at home.
  3. Game Night
    What ever happened to good-ole game night? Put those iPhones and droids away and check out these 15 cheap game night ideas from Money Crasher's. It's time to get old-school and show your kids how fun game night can be with the whole family!

Looking for a fun project for the munchkins? Download our fun Valentine's Day craft and let your art supplies box do all the talking.