An Open Letter to My Children and Grandchildren

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

To my Children and my Grandchildren, Following are some of life’s lessons – learned (sometimes poorly) by me along the road winding through my 65 years on earth. Read them and heed them if they make sense to you. Guard your health above all else. Care for your body, mind and spirit or you will not live the best life possible. Surround yourself with those who would make you grow, not just with those who make you comfortable.

Build Memories and Spend Less on Your Grandchildren this Summer

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Today’s grandparents are notorious for spoiling their beloved grand-kids. Today’s grand-kids are notorious for being glued to a screen. Spend less, and pry the kids away from those screens by doing some of these activities to build face time with yours. These are the times they will remember, long after they have forgotten who gave them that video game they love to play! Hold a grandparent camp. Traveling with a grandchild can be very rewarding – and very costly.


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Baby Week: Resources for Grandparents + Free 100 Things To Do With Grandchildren Manual

Birmingham Bargain Mom

Grandparents always say 'If I had known how much fun grandkids would be I would have had them first" -- I say, "Being a grandkid is the sweet life." {Why Why is it that grandparents let grandkids get by with so much stuff?} Check out these resources for grannie and granddaddy. Baby Bargains Deals

Book Nook: The Adventures of Tony Balony and Cookie

Motherhood Moments

Together they enjoy their three children, three grandchildren, and a 90-pound Black Russian Terrier named Stella. Nationally recognized Retirement Specialist and five-time author Tony Walker, announces the publication of his first children’s book – one that has nothing to do with money by the way – The Adventures of Tony Balony and Cookie.

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For the Mommas

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Grandparenthood Can Be Expensive!

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

We spoiled our children and we apparently are even more intent on doing so with our grandchildren! My parents were somewhat more interactive with their grandchildren (my kids). Why are we spending more on our grandchildren? We want some influence over how our grandchildren are raised. Boomer grandparents definitely have ideas on what they want their grandchildren to learn and how they want them to behave.

Four Things I Learned When I Became a Grandparent

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Here are four things I learned after having grandchildren. My Aunt and Uncle used to take each of their grandchildren on a trip when they reached the ripe old age of 8. When the grandchildren are at your house, it can get a bit trickier. You obviously have the right and responsibility to keep your grandchildren safe and must set up the house rules to do so. You don’t, however, have to let your grandchildren have free reign to destroy your house or things.

30 Free but Thoughtful Christmas Gift Ideas

Family Balance Sheet

I realize not everyone has family heirlooms to give away, but my grandmother was downsizing and gifted her grandchildren pieces from her Fostoria Glass collection that were my grandparents’ wedding gifts back in 1945. This post has been updated, it was originally published in 2015.

What Can Go Wrong – Naming a Beneficiary

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Grandchildren inherit but can’t get use of the money. Maybe you left a chuck of money to your ‘surviving grandchildren’ and they are not yet 18. This will probably be your grandchildren, yet, you want to make sure your spouse has enough to last their lifetime, so you designate your spouse as primary, your adult children as secondary and your grandchildren as tertiary beneficiaries.

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How to Plan a Multi-Generation Family Vacation

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Even the New York Times acknowledges that: As boomers join the ranks of grandparents, many are financing vacations for their children and grandchildren. My WWII era uncle and his wife made trips annually with one of their 4 grandchildren (a different one each year). But, we are the first generation (that I know about) to include grandparents, parents and grandchildren (and sometimes even the great-grandparent).

Loss and Change

Frugal Luxuries

Yet his legacy of love lives on in his children and grandchildren. "The real things haven't changed. It is still best to be honest and truthful; To make the most of what we have; To be happy with simple pleasures; And have courage when things go wrong." --Laura Ingalls Wilder ~~~ Well my kind friends.a sad event has happened. My beloved father passed away a few weeks ago after a brief unexpected illness. The world has lost a good man who led a good life.

Why Save Money in a Low Interest Rate Environment?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

My grown kids are also savers and I have high hopes that the grandchildren will follow their example. Helping the parents teach my grandchildren to save is an ongoing project of mine. Lastly, being a saver sets an example for your children (or grandchildren) to model. Because I am a saver, I unconsciously and consciously model behavior for my children and grandchildren to follow. I’m a saver, always have been.

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Eight Things I Learned After Becoming a Millionaire

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Most days I try to do some preparation with my sons, daughter-in-laws and grandchildren – to help them learn financial concepts and acquire the ability to wisely manage their money. That is one reason I hold my Grandma Rie’s Money Camp each summer with my grandchildren (our third generation). When we are young and poor, a million dollars seems an enormous sum – enough to cure all the ills in our lives!

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11 Things I learned After Owning a Vacation Property

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I wanted a place for our family to gather – adult children and grandchildren along with us. No matter if my family doesn’t use it as much as I’d hoped; no matter that they won’t swim in the lake; no matter that my spouse would rather stay home; I’m still enjoying the condo with my two grandchildren each year. We purchased a vacation condo in a local resort area in 2006 (yep, right before the crash).

How to Talk Estate Plan and Last Wishes with Your Sibling?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Although he is single and lives alone, he has a decades long friendship with a woman and has come to be considered a pseudo Dad and Grandpa by her children and grandchildren, but he has no legal relationship with any of them to my knowledge. Unfortunately, he is not likely to inherit as we have children and grandchildren that are coming first. #476805823 / I have an older brother who has no spouse, no children or other heirs.

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10 FREE (but Thoughtful) Christmas Gift Ideas

Family Balance Sheet

I realize not everyone has family heirlooms to give away, but my grandmother has been downsizing and gifting her grandchildren pieces from her Fostoria Glass collection that were my grandparents wedding gifts back in 1945. Gifts must be expensive and store bought—-SAID NO ONE, EVER! There’s outside pressure during Christmas to spend lavishly only to have the recipient not really like the gift or even use it.

4 Hobbies for Adulthood

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

It’s also a great hobby to teach children, grandchildren, or students. Whether you simply want to venture from the daily routine, stop watching so much TV, or you just need to save money by not going out, it’s never too late to pick up a new hobby. It can be an exciting experience, especially considering all the options available for exploration and discovery. The process of trying out a new hobby can be an enjoyable experience in its own right, even if it doesn’t stick in the long run.

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$2 Off Leap Frog Letter Factory Adventures | Pay $7.96 at Walmart

Saving Everyday

This makes the perfect Easter Basket gift for chidren or grandchildren! A rare $2.00 off LeapFrog Letter Factory Adventures Movie coupon was just released! Pick it up for $7.96 after coupon at Walmart! . Leap Frog Letter Factory are highly educational and interesting for kids. My kids loved these movies when they were little. More Movie Coupons. off Chuggington: Brewster Leads The Way dvd. off any Peppa Pig: My Birthday Party dvd.

Party of Sign w/ Family Name Custom Sign – $14.95

Saving With Shellie

How many grandchildren do you have? How cute are these Party of Sign w/ Family Name Custom Sign for just $14.95?! This sign will be treasured for years to come as it tells your family story. Perfect on a shelf or add it to your gallery wall. What is your family number? Possibilities are endless… All Signs are handcrafted… Boards are distressed and stained to make it appear like a primitive sign.

How to Handle the Stock Market Roller Coaster Ride?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Write down my life experiences on economic downturns for the future benefit of my grandchildren. Share what I know of the family history during the 1920 – 1930′s depression and prior recessions with our children and grandchildren. This post was written by Marie. . If you are invested in the market, you know it has been a roller coaster ride the past week.

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The Start of a New Year

Nicoles Nickels

I have a full grown daughter and not one, but two grandchildren. So for that reason, combined with two active grandchildren, is why I decided to make one resolution this year. This year I intend to get more active and eat as well as I would have my grandchildren eat. When I was a kid, the year 2000 seemed like it would only come in a science fiction story.

Benefits of Having Your Parents Watch Your Kids

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

If the grandparents don’t need additional retirement savings, they may decide to gift the money forward to the grandchildren for college or other child related expenses. Depending on the study you look at, anywhere between 61% to 74% of grandparents babysit for their grown children. I’m one of them. Although I live 200+ miles away from my two grandkids, I try to get them for a week or so during the summer.

Our {Artificial} Christmas Tree

Family Balance Sheet

She crocheted one for each of her great-grandchildren back in 1980. I hesitated to put the word, artificial, in the title of the post. It seems that word when associated with Christmas trees provokes much debate. Part of me was embarrassed to admit it, but here goes: We have an artificial pre-lit Christmas tree. I feel so much better now that that is off my chest. Here's another secret. Our tree doesn't have a theme.

How is Your Vacation Rental Doing?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Wouldn’t it be fun to have a place where our sons, their wives and our grandchildren could come together to play, visit and bond? Owning a vacation rental has been a love-hate emotion for me. We bought a lakefront condo 10 years ago near lakes and an area known for entertainment venues, for what I thought at the time were great reasons. Why we bought. Diversify our investment holdings. We only own one home, no land, no rentals.

Upromise March 2012 eCoupons

Saving In Akron

If your kids are grown, you can save for your grandchildren, or your if you don't have kids yet, contribute for your nieces, nephews, friends kids, etc. Here's the list of all the great ecoupons available from Upromise for March. If you haven't already done so, make sure you go to Upromise and load your e-coupons onto your supermarket/drugstore cards. I load them all just in case I decide to buy something. Then I don't have to think about it.

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How to Pick A Career

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

That is why I started helping my Grandchildren explore the many careers that currently exist – so they see that there are other opportunities than what they have immediately around them. At my Grandma Rie’s Money Camp this year, we started exploring the different careers that are out there. The Grandkids are 9 and 12 now with lots of time before they have to start supporting themselves somehow.

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Cheaper, Less Stressful Alternatives to Christmas Gift Giving

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Families playing football in the back yard after a turkey feast; grandparents watching Christmas Vacation with their grandchildren; decorating the Christmas tree and remembering just how each ornament came about. Don’t get me wrong, I’m no scrooge, but I don’t get into the Christmas spirit because of gifts.

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Upromise eCoupons for January 2012

Saving In Akron

If your kids are grown, you can save for your grandchildren, or your if you don't have kids yet, contribute for your nieces, nephews, friends kids, etc. Here's the list of all the great ecoupons available from Upromise for January. If you haven't already done so, make sure you go to Upromise and load your e-coupons onto your supermarket/drugstore cards. I load them all just in case I decide to buy something. Then I don't have to think about it.

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Saving With Shellie

Or send pictures of the grandchildren to the grandparents as a memorable gift. Shutterfly is offering NEW customers 2 FREE 8×10 photo enlargements. Just use coupon code 2X8X10 at checkout. Each 8×10 print is usually $4, so you are saving $8 with this deal! Shipping is only $2.99.

How to Have Your Cake and Eat It Too

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

According to the New York Times , Jackie Onassis put the bulk of her estate in a charitable lead trust that paid out for 24 years, following which, anything left would go to her grandchildren. If you end up in life with assets that you would like to use or from which you need to receive income, yet also want to donate to charity, there may be ways for you to do both.

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Is the Building of Experiences and Memories Worth the Cost?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I found pleasure in thinking about giving our children and grandchildren the opportunity to see part of the world they might not otherwise see. How can a value be put on experiences and memories? How can one determine if they are worth the cost? Recently, an extended family trip to Hawaii got put on hold due to costs. I followed my own advice and tried to be very clear on what parts my spouse and I would be able to handle for the rest of the family – financially.

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Visually Record Your Relatives??? History to Make Lasting Memories

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

You’ll have precious memories to share with your children and grandchildren of your own parents and grandparents. In 1994, after he finished Schindler’s List , Steven Spielberg founded the Survivors of Shoah Visual History Foundation. His goal was to interview and record survivors and witnesses of the Holocaust before they all passed away. To date, 53,000 people have been interviewed and recorded.

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Am I Frugal – or Cheap?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I demonstrate making these things to my children and grandchildren, though, just to show that it can be done. Sometimes I wonder about myself. All my life I’ve been careful with money, most of the time through necessity, but now just through habit. I wonder if I’m really being frugal or if I am just being cheap. To me, frugal implies using resources in the wisest fashion and cheap implies a specific focus on getting the lowest price.

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Why Renew Your Vows?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

For our 40th wedding anniversary, we chose to take our adult children and our grandchildren on a vacation to Yellowstone National Park. I just don’t get it. Why do married couples feel the need to renew their marriage vows on selected anniversaries? Didn’t they mean it the first time? Have they digressed and need to do it again? Have they finally figured out that there is no one else for them so they may as well? Is it just expected?

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Father’s Day Gifts From Amara

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Complete the frame (or set of frames) with a favorite photo of him and his children or grandchildren. With Father’s Day is right around the corner (June 18!), it’s time to think about what to get your main man. This year, opt for a luxury gift that he’ll get a ton of use out of. Amara is an awesome company that specializes in elegant lifestyle and home accessories.

Roth IRA Conversions? Better Wait and See.

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

That money has to come from somewhere and unfortunately we all just keep kicking it down the road to my grandchildren. For years, it has been possible to set up your estate plan so that when you die, your heirs can stretch out the distributions from your IRAs – over their lifetime. Many well to do families have been counting on this as a way to pass along significant wealth to their next generations.

A Mom After God’s Own Heart eBook for $2.99

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Elizabeth, who has two grown children and six grandchildren, gives practical advice and real–life suggestions for helping children—no matter what their ages—incorporate God into daily life. Hurry and download the eBook A Mom After God’s Own Heart by Elizabeth George for only $2.99 right now! This isn’t a free eBook, but it’s a great value. This eBook is normally priced at $13.99, and it’s written by a very popular author.

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Summer Camp Activites for Kids for a Winter Business Opportunity

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

You may know that each year, for my two Grandchildren, I hold a camp I call Grandma Rie’s Money Camp. I’ve been inspired! Once Upon a Company A True Story by Wendy Anderson Halperin tells the story of kids, parents and other relatives making and selling Christmas wreaths (and assorted other things in different seasons) to earn money for the kids college fund. For the past few years, the kids have had a one time ‘business’ during camp.

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Should You Accept Family Money?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

Making sure the grandchildren have the desired benefits enhances their peace of mind. When I was a young adult, out of college and into my first years of marriage, I cringed at the thought of getting money from my parents. I felt it would give them control over me in some fashion and fiercely wanted my independence. I wanted to prove myself. I thought there would be ‘strings’ attached to the use of the money.

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Upromise eCoupons for January 2011

Saving In Akron

If your kids are grown, you can save for your grandchildren, or your if you don't have kids yet, contribute for your nieces, nephews, friends kids, etc. Here's the list of all the great ecoupons available from Upromise for December. If you haven't already done so, make sure you go to Upromise and load your e-coupons onto your supermarket/drugstore cards. I load them all just in case I decide to buy something. Then I don't have to think about it.

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What Is National Financial Literacy Month?

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

I will be planning parts of my Grandma’s Money Camp (a one week experience for my grandchildren to help teach them financial literacy) in observation of National Financial Literacy Month. On March 28, 2012 the Senate passed Resolution 409 that officially recognized April as National Financial Literacy Month. Why do we need yet another officially designated day, week, month – we have so many!

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Gold

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

So, if you decide to, you can hand them over to your grandchildren so they can learn the amazing benefits of gold investment for themselves. Let’s face it, the economy stinks and there isn’t an end in sight. So what should we do about this situation when it comes to investing our hard earned money? Well, some investors have turned to gold. The Benefits of Gold Investment. You’ll be surprised to learn about all of the benefits of gold.

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