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Parents: Teach your kids to think before they buy. Kids: Receive the gifts you really want. It's a win-win! Take a quick gift survey now!
Parents: Teach your kids to think before they buy. Kids: Receive the gifts you really want. It's a win-win! Take a quick gift survey now!

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Learn about DIMS (Does It Make Sense) Scores, and why they matter when kids are prioritizing the purchases on their back-to-school wish-list. We can help anyone (even parents) avoid buyer's remorse!
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School may be out for summer, but that doesn’t mean your kids can’t learn to be money smart while enjoying the holidays. Fun experiences can also help them understand the real value of money, and the importance of budgeting for the things they want. When they’re earning their own money through chores or jobs, they quickly learn to spend it more cautiously! In this week’s blog, we have three great tips for turning summer days into teaching moments.
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One of the most important early lessons many of us learned was the joy of saving for and buying something we really wanted. But it can be difficult to teach kids to delay gratification, especially when they’re surrounded by messages telling them to spend. The summer holidays are a great time to get kids thinking about what they really want and how to achieve it through working and saving. Ask them to complete a Gifting Sense Gift Survey and they’ll soon be on the right track!
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Kids learn by example, but when it comes to a subject as complicated as managing your finances, it’s easy for them to miss the big picture. They don’t see the hard work involved in earning money, or the calculations adults make in deciding where to spend it. Electronic transactions only add to the sense that money isn’t ‘real’ — children can’t see or count it, which can give the impression that their family’s money supply is unlimited. Today, we look at the importance of leading by example when it comes to making purchasing decisions.
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Comparison shopping is second nature to most adults – we’ve learned from experience how much we can save by shopping around. Kids on the other hand, being inexperienced consumers, sometimes need some incentive to get in on the action. In this week’s blogpost, we talk about ways to get your kids to (pun intended) buy into, thinking before buying!
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When kids grow up with good spending habits, they’re more likely to enjoy financial flexibility as adults, including being in a position to help others earlier in life, by spending on their own families or giving to charity. Today we look at Lynne Twist’s inspiring book The Soul of Money, which discusses how breaking free of the culture of consumerism empowers us to be more generous than we may have ever thought possible.
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Have you ever wondered if a theme park season pass makes sense? How can you make sure your kids understand that the full cost of each visit includes much more than just the gate entry fee? What about safe transportation, souvenir and snack costs? Ask your kids to complete a free safe Gift Survey when considering buying a park pass. Read all about Gift Surveys in this blogpost. It turns out you can give your kids fun in the sun and money-smarts!
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The parallels between good nutrition and money-smarts are striking! Both offer life-long benefits and freedoms. Check out this blog post to learn why healthy eating habits and financial literacy are twin ambitions that can change the world:
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