Fixing A Broken Watch and A Broken Heart – Spending $100 to Fix a $50 Watch

Not all our money decisions need to make economic sense. When my oldest son was in tears over the breaking of his great-grandfathers Timex, my husband and I knew we had to fix it even though it cost more to fix than replace. Learn about how we had to locate the one person in the US that fixes heirloom Timex watches, and making decisions from the heart instead of the wallet.

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Secondhand Kids Are The Best Kids

Even though my family earns a high income, I still like to get as much as possible for my kids through secondhand sources. Why? I’ve been a mother for fourteen years now, and can speak from experience how much better it is financially and for the environment. Where else but consignment shops can you pick up near-mint designer duds for kids for less than Walmart prices?

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Cell Phone For Kids – Why My Kids Don’t Have One (And a Tell-All Interview)

In today’s article, I interview my 14 and 10 year old sons on their thoughts about not having a cell phone. Although I don’t have an objection to cell phones per se, neither son really wants or needs one at this point in their lives. Most of their friends have cell phones, though, so I wanted to ask them how they feel about being the odd person out.

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Wizard Chess and Hoverballs – Teaching Kids Hard Lessons About Money

Part of having kids is teaching them hard lessons about money. Sometimes parents find it tricky to teach things like deferred gratification, or making wise spending decisions, to their kids without lecturing them. Today I share the story about the role Harry Potter Wizard chess and Hoverballs played in helping my kids learn these lessons.

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