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.

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.

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

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?

Kids Toys | What to keep, what to give away

The Frugal Girl

What about when grandchildren come along? Readers frequently ask me about how I handle outgrown toys. What do I keep? What do I get rid of? Is there any point in keeping outgrown toys around? Is it more frugal to keep toys rather than getting rid of them?

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

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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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Gratitude Brings Wealth

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

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.

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).

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For the Mommas

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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.

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.

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Put you children’s or grandchildren’s birth dates, wedding date, engagement date, graduation date or any date that is special to you. This sweet Custom Date necklace can be customized with up to three of your most important dates. This is just precious and is only $13.95.

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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.

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For the Mommas

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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 / gettyimages.com. I have an older brother who has no spouse, no children or other heirs.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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. .

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

Nicoles Nickels

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.

Upromise eCoupons for November 2011

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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 November.

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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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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!

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

Nicoles Nickels

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!

Nicoles Nickels

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.

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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Upromise eCoupons for October 2011

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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 October.

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Upromise eCoupons for September 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 September.

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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.

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For the Mommas

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Stay the Course Financially

Prairie Eco-Thrifter

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!’

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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?

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