Common Cents

Teaching Kids About Money?

I think of the lessons of these early years as foundation stones. They give our kids reference points to look back on as they grow and learn, and they give us opportunities to creatively craft learning experiences. [read more]

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To build kids’ money-handling habits — better Start Young

Every parent who has passed the toddler-wrangling stage knows that kids learn by watching, and then doing—why else would we buy a lock for a toilet seat? So, when it comes to practical life skills, we’re always looking for safe ways to give our kids some hands-on experience. [read more]

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The Parents’ Guide to Car Buying and Financing

Does it seem like every time you manage to corral your children in the family vehicle, they find a way to hide fish-shaped orangey snacks between the seats or leave a messy trail of school supplies, overdue library books and remnants of another on-the-go meal? An automobile is no place for the faint of heart. Neither is auto loan shopping. [read more]

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When Commerce Meets the Great Commission

Deep in North Korea’s Chagang Province, a Korean-American mechanic tightens the drive belt on a Kameo tractor, hoping to get his anxious customer back to tilling the fields. After a few low groans, the well-worn machinery sputters to life. The farmer offers a polite nod and a modest payment as he departs. But the transaction is far from over. The mechanic is encouraged to see life restored to the farmer’s tractor, but his long-term goal is to see the same transformation in the farmer’s life, through the power of Christ. [read more]

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Live It Up this Summer without Going Broke

If summertime is such a carefree time, then why aren’t the most-popular summer activities free or low cost? Here’s a roundup of ideas from personal financial experts as well as families who’ve tackled this question before. [read more]

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Is Your Teen Ready to Drive Their Financial Future?

Our series on banking for the whole family continues with a look at the needs of high school students. By this age, they probably understand the basic concepts of personal finance and have savings and checking accounts established in their names. (If not, it’s never too late to teach them these lessons. [read more]

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