An Open Letter to My Children and Grandchildren

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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.

Build Memories and Spend Less on Your Grandchildren this Summer

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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.

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Grandparenthood Can Be Expensive!

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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?

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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

What Can Go Wrong – Naming a Beneficiary

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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.

Eight Things I Learned After Becoming a Millionaire

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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.

How to Plan a Multi-Generation Family Vacation

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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).

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11 Things I learned After Owning a Vacation Property

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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).

Ways for Busy Parents to Teach Young Children About Money

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As I prepared to hold a Money Camp for my young grandchildren last year, I researched various educational standards to review what kids can learn at various ages. You want your kid to be financially savvy.

Four Things I Learned When I Became a Grandparent

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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. Are you a grandparent?

How to Handle the Stock Market Roller Coaster Ride?

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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. .

Should You Accept Family Money?

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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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Stay the Course Financially

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My grandchildren’s other set of grandparents are just one example. When the Great Recession began in 2008/2009, my boss at the time (a Vice President of the company) and her spouse consulted their financial adviser to see what they should do. They asked him what would likely cause us to come out of recession. His answer, which she relayed with some derision to us, was ‘Everybody needs to spend and keep spending!’

Is the Building of Experiences and Memories Worth the Cost?

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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.

Benefits of Having Your Parents Watch Your Kids

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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.

How to Pick A Career

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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.

What Is National Financial Literacy Month?

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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.

5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Gold

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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.

Am I Frugal – or Cheap?

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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.

Summer Camp Activites for Kids for a Winter Business Opportunity

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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.

How to Save Money at Silver Dollar City

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When I took my grandchildren to the local carnival in my own city on the 4 th of July, each ride was at least $3 per child – so $9 a pop if I rode with them. Silver Dollar City is the mid-west’s number one visited entertainment destination, according to some sources.

Why Did I Buy That!

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Last summer, in my annual ‘Grandma Rie’s Money Camp’ (the week long camp I have with my Grandchildren to help them learn about finances); we had a segment on selling and how companies sell to us. Have you ever made a purchase on the spur of the moment and later had a bad case of buyers remorse? You had no intention of getting that gizmo, yet there you are holding the bag in your hand. How the heck did that happen?

Gratitude Brings Wealth

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When she saw that her great-grandchildren were not writing thank you notes for her gifts to them, she sent their parents a set of Thank you note cards with envelopes and postage! So, great-grandma was wise in helping her grandchildren and great-grandchildren learn how to express gratitude. With age, sometimes comes wisdom. My Mother-in-law has long recognized the power of gratitude.

If I Won the Lottery…

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Because having been a single mom for a long time, not having a great career until later in life, loosing said career before I could retire and having to deplete all my savings to survive, makes me very concerned that long past the point I’ll be able to remember my dog’s or grandchildren’s names, I’m going to be standing in a fast food chain making fries, or being a greeter at some store. When I was a young adult in South Carolina, I had never heard of a lottery.

The Start of a New Year

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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.

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Our {Artificial} Christmas Tree

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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.

FREE e-Book: 21 Valentine Craft Ideas for Kids!

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Kids love to keep busy, and holidays like Valentine’s Day are the perfect times to sit down with your children and grandchildren for some fun crafting! If you’re like most parents and grandparents, you’re probably always looking for the best kids’ crafts.

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

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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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Upromise eCoupons for January 2012

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Sesame Street: Life of Whoopie Pie (Life of Pi Parody)

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My daughter grew up watching Sesame Street and now my grandchildren are watching. Another day, another fabulous spoof from your dear friends at Sesame Workshop! They’ve released a spoof of award-winning film, Life of Pi.

It’s a New Year – Start it off Right with Cascadian Farm!

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This year I’m focusing on less gluten and sugar for me and my grandchildren. Since 1972, Cascadian Farm has grown beyond our original farm and is recognized as a pioneer in converting conventional farms to organic.

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