New Series: Haley's Weekly Family Finance Picks

Bill & HaleyThis is the first in a new series of weekly “guest” posts by FamZoo’s first summer intern - Haley Dwight. If you recognize that last name, it’s because Haley’s my daughter. She’s home from college for the summer, and we’re putting her right to work here at FamZoo headquarters. She’ll be helping us out with our Internet marketing and social media efforts. (I knew all that time in Facebook had to be good for something!) One of Haley’s regular responsibilities involves locating and cataloging the wide variety of family finance articles that appear on the Internet each day. We’re building quite a collection in our FamZoo bookmark list on Delicious. At the end of each week, she’ll be picking her favorites and posting them (along with a little elder-teen perspective commentary) here on the FamZoo blog. Enjoy! Bill

Here are my top 3 family finance article picks for the week:

Deciding On An Allowance from Education.com

This article quickly covers the When, What, and How Much of introducing an allowance. On the How Much question, I particularly liked the advice: “the ideal allowance enables a child to buy some items but not others, thereby teaching selectivity and a basic form of budgeting”. This goes for a child of any age. For example, my 8-year-old brother can either spend his money now on a his favorite honey candy, or save for a few weeks to buy that set of Yu-Gi-Oh cards he’s been dying to have. Likewise, I can either spend money on a dinner with friends right now or save to buy those True Religion jean shorts I’ve been eyeing. Having a coveted item in mind makes saving worth passing up smaller opportunities along the way.

5 Creative Ways to Teach Kids About Money from The Huffington Post by Alexa von Tobel

Each of Alexa’s ways to teach kids about money is helpful and easy to do: making a game of saving money at the grocery store, using games and puzzles to teach basic money concepts, using allowance as a learning opportunity, turning charitable giving into a family routine, and discussing relevant articles around the dinner table. We’ve used FamZoo in our family as an online version of her three jars allowance suggestion — one each for spending, savings, and charity. We’ve also created a family tradition of writing letters to the troops each Thanksgiving.

Financial Training for Children from LIVESTRONG.com by Melinda Hawkins

Melinda suggests 5 ways to teach your child how to handle and save money: shopping together, using a regular allowance, setting goals for larger purchases, letting your child learn firsthand from spending mistakes, and training your child to understand interest. I think learning from your own spending mistakes is particularly important. I’ll never forget the time I blew half my clothing budget on a wear-it-once prom dress. I couldn’t afford any new clothing for the rest of the year - oopsie!


Anonymous aka The Blog Post Author

Wow! Bill this is a great site! My husband is in financial planning and he used to be minister...I know, crazy, but true! We are always contemplating how to help our kids, 15, 13 & 10 figure out the money thing. I am looking forward to taking him through the tour and getting his input.

Haley, Great eye for good content! Look forward to reading all three and having my kids read them as well. Thanks guys!

Bill Dwight aka The Blog Post Author

Thank you for the kind words Jorja!

We'd love to hear feedback from you and your husband on FamZoo. We'd be delighted to answer any questions anytime as well as pass along tips on how we've used FamZoo with our 8, 13, 15, 18, and 19 year old kids.

Susan aka The Blog Post Author


How awesome to have your perspective on family finances - welcome! As a mom of 3 teens, including a son home from college, I will forward your suggestions to my kids. Teaching my kids about finances is something I have avoided far too long.

Haley Dwight aka The Blog Post Author

Jorja and Susan,

Thank you for your nice comments! I'm glad you found my post helpful, these are three great articles I hope you get a chance to read. I have learned a lot from FamZoo and I hope sharing my financial mistakes will help other kids from making them!

Heather Claus aka The Blog Post Author

While I don't have kids, I love reading articles about this for when I "corrupt" other peoples' children with capitalistic ideas.

Great roundup!


Kat Eden aka The Blog Post Author

Hi Haley - Thanks so much for sharing our allowance article with your readers! You've landed a great summer internship there. As a mom of two young boys, I love FamZoo!

Thanks again for your support! Kat Eden (Education.com)

Haley Dwight aka The Blog Post Author


You are most welcome. I hope you and your family enjoy using FamZoo!

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