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Innocence and Training

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My three year old, Claire, just found a penny and wanted to put it in her ladybug bank. She said she's saving for a car. She also told me she had "a green one" in there too! I was very excited to use this as a learning experience, not just for her, but for me as well. I told her she had an account at the bank and if she put her "green one" dollar in the bank it would grow bigger and help her save for a car.

I've told all our children if they save money for a car, Daddy and Mommy will pay for the other half. Dave Ramsey calls it 401K Dad.

She asked where the bank was and I told her it was on the computer. Her account is at ING Direct. So she sat on my lap and we logged in. She looked for her name and found it on her savings account. I transferred a dollar from our savings account to her and told her she now had more money in her account. Then I took her real one and put it in my wallet to deposit back into our savings account.

She looked a bit sad, but she'…

Together

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We're in this together! Through thick and thin. I've seen so many couples on tv lately struggling to keep their marriages together in this tough time of lost jobs and foreclosures. It gives me strength and security to know that no matter what, our marriage and family are most important. We both have made that commitment to each other and to our family. I would sleep in our car before I would give up my marriage. It saddens me that a big house or a new car could drive a wedge in between couples. Stuff is not what matters. It's family that matters...

Allowances and Money training

I've always thought it was a good idea to give our kids an allowance. But I'm not sure how to teach them the responsibility that goes along with it. All we've done is give it to them and not taught them how to manage it, save it, or think about it.
Our 8 year old knows how much money she has, and thinks $20 is a lot of money. We have to work better on splitting their allowance money into categories. Most of the time their allowance is dolled out in $1.00 bills, so the actual splitting into different savings piles is difficult. I'm going to try to make it my goal this month to have the money split before I give it to them, so that we can work with them on saving long term, spending, and giving.
We've not directly tied allowance money to chores because our 8 year old would just give up the money and refuse to do the chores. I want them to do their daily chores because they are part of the family not because we pay them for them. An allowance is to teach them responsib…

Quiet

The two older kids are gone on a spring break trip with their grandparents. It is so quiet here in the house. Wow, what a difference and change in dynamics our household is.
It's nice that the kids get a trip to an amusement park without any output from our budget. I know they will have a wonderful time and create great memories with their grandparents.

Didn't do so well keeping in our dining budget this week, but it was a nice treat to go out to lunch with my husband! We do that so infrequently. Our monthly date nights are so welcomed and relaxing. I enjoy our time together. Lunch was a welcome distraction.

The economy is still lagging, but people in our neighborhood don't seem to want to talk about the true effects it has on them. Some seem to be cutting back, but others are spending at rapid rates. It really has to do with our spending and saving habits before the economy went south.

My First Blog

My name is Shay. I'm a stay at home mom who is turning 40 this year. I have been married to my best friend, Wally for almost 12 years. We have three beautiful, smart, sweet children; Abigail, 8 Spencer, 5 and Claire, 3. We own our own network consulting business and I am the main bookkeeper.
I have so many ideas floating around in my head. I'm not sure where to start. My main blog interest is in financial topics and the emotions and values surrounding it. Parenting and organizing are also interests of mine as well. So you may see a parenting or organizing tip thrown in here or there as well.
I have been the main budgeter and money handler in our marriage and business. I love doing it for the most part. I'm definitely the numbers cruncher. I love spreadsheets and reports. My husband trusts my decisions, so I tend to do my own thing, sometimes with bad results. I've learned so much about money in the last 2 1/2 years. Things in my life have changed. I've become more …