03.21.12
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Share the Thought Process Behind Your Purchases (80/365)

One of the best experiences I’ve had lately has been shopping with my oldest child. He’s six going on seven, so he’s starting to take

03.19.12
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Segment Their Allowance (79/365)

Each week, my children receive a small allowance. It’s not tied to any chores; instead, it’s mostly a tool to teach them about money management.

03.20.12
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Utilize Community Resources (78/365)

This past weekend, Sarah and I went on a long walk in the woods at a state park, checked out the restored birthplace of President

03.15.12
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Go Outside (77/365)

Over the last week, I’ve mostly discussed indoor activities when discussing inexpensive ways to spend time with your family. Art projects? Usually inside. Reading? Usually

03.15.12
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Minimize Television Time (76/365)

Whenever I tell people about the family activities I’ve talked about over the last week – art projects, lots of reading, making your own crayons,

03.15.12
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Read Together as a Family (75/365)

If there’s one thing our family has an abundance of, it’s books. Nearly every room in our home has a bookshelf in it, and most

03.14.12
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Turn Supplies You Have on Hand into Toys (74/365)

Whenever I watch my one year old at play, I can’t help but notice that there really are only a few requirements for entertaining him

03.13.12
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Make Your Own Playdough (73/365)

Our children have several small tubs of playdough, both the name brand Play-Doh and other brands of similar material, that they’ve received as gifts over

03.12.12
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Extend the Life and Value of Crayons (72/365)

For Christmas, my children received an interesting gift: a Crayola Crayon Maker. It’s a cute little device. All you do is break up some crayons

03.12.12
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Encourage Art Skills with an End Roll of Newspaper (71/365)

Two or three times a week, our dining room table turns into a giant art project. We cover the table with paper, crayons, markers, safety

03.11.12
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Participate in Babysitting Exchanges Instead of Hiring a Babysitter (70/365)

Within walking distance of our home lives another couple that’s about our age. They have two children, both of which are in the age range

03.09.12
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Focus on Buying Open-Ended Toys (69/365)

Yesterday, I wrote about the advantages of buying fewer toys, but focusing on higher-quality toys. This makes sure that you’re not replacing toys because they’re

03.09.12
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Buy Fewer Children’s Toys, but Buy Higher Quality Items (68/365)

Every so often, Sarah and I go through our children’s toys and set some aside to donate to Goodwill. Our children tend to receive a

03.07.12
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Shop Yard Sales for Young Children’s Clothing (66/365)

Newborn. Three months. Six months. Nine months. Twelve months. Eighteen months. Twenty four months. 2T. 3T. 4T. Children go through clothes sizes incredibly fast. I’ve

03.06.12
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Make Your Own Baby Wipes (65/365)

Over the years, Sarah and I have used two different approaches to cut down on the cost of baby wipes. Both of them save significant

03.05.12
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Use Cloth Diapers (64/365)

When Sarah and I first started cloth diapering, quite a few of our family and friends thought we were completely crazy. Rather than focusing on

03.04.12
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Start Saving for College as Early as Possible (63/365)

Let’s say you have a child today. You’re estimating that their college education will cost $25K a year, so that child is going to need

06.05.14
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Ignore Freebies Given Just for Signing Up for Financial Accounts (62/365)

Let’s say you’re running a bank. You need to get some new customers signed up for checking and savings accounts so that you have more