Families and Money

How do you make the right financial choices for your child’s future?

Even if you are financially savvy, being a parent adds a layer of complexity to your money management you’ve never experienced before.

Whether you’re pregnant or have a baby, toddler, or teenager, here are tips from real moms and dads on how to make smart money decisions for your family including:

  • How to raise a baby on a budget
  • What are the essential children’s products
  • Family money saving tips
  • How to teach your kids about money

Preparing for Baby

Fun Ideas for a Babymoon on a Budget

Fun Ideas for a Babymoon on a Budget

How can you plan a babymoon on a budget? Whether you’re expecting your first baby or you already have some kids at home, adding a new member to your family is a big deal! And that means it’s cause for celebration. But before you start planning a party, think about how...

Best Inexpensive Baby Shower Ideas for Your Next Party

Best Inexpensive Baby Shower Ideas for Your Next Party

What are the best inexpensive baby shower ideas? Throwing a baby shower is the best way to celebrate a pregnant friend. But if you’re not careful, hosting a baby shower can quickly get expensive. From purchasing decorations to creating baby shower games, there is a...

How to Find the Best Gifts for a Second Baby

How to Find the Best Gifts for a Second Baby

What are the best gifts for a second baby? While hosting a big baby shower and lavishing mom with gifts is a tradition for first-time moms, when your friend gets pregnant the second time around, things change. Most second-time moms don’t have a shower at all. And if...

Third Trimester Must Haves – A Complete List

Third Trimester Must Haves – A Complete List

What are the Third Trimester Must Haves? The third trimester often feels like the longest trimester because you're uncomfortable carrying all of the weightthe aches and pains are excruciatingyou're anxious to meet your little one To get you through the last leg of...

Best Gifts for New and Expecting Dads They’ll Actually Love

Best Gifts for New and Expecting Dads They’ll Actually Love

Best New Dad Gifts After I made a list of best new mom gifts, I thought it would be fitting to do one for new and expecting dads as well. To account for the varying interests and personalities of new dads, here are 47 new dad gifts. They've all been vetted and...

The Ultimate List of Second Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves

The Ultimate List of Second Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves

Second Trimester Must Haves While the 2nd trimester is often the easiest of the three, you often still have challenges like managing exhaustion, constipation or heartburn. Here's an ultimate list of second trimester must haves - one that can apply to any pregnancy....

First Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves You’ll Wish You Knew About

First Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves You’ll Wish You Knew About

First Trimester Pregnancy Must Haves Having just finished my first trimester with my second child, I realized one thing... Pregnancy must haves can be different from one pregnancy to another. Here were all of my pregnancy must haves with my first child. As you can...

Practical Baby Shower Gifts: What’s Useful for New Moms

Practical Baby Shower Gifts: What’s Useful for New Moms

What are the best practical baby shower gifts? If you're attending your first baby shower, it can be difficult to understand what would be the best gifts for baby showers - what's most practical. This post may contain affiliate links, meaning if you make a...

Best Gifts for New Moms that are Useful, Unique or Meaningful

Best Gifts for New Moms that are Useful, Unique or Meaningful

What are the Best Gifts for New Moms? While gifts are always appreciated, they're particularly valued when you're a new mom! I remember when I became a new mom, life was chaotic! There was hardly time to do simple things like eating and sleeping. The gifts people sent...

FREE Baby Samples New and Expecting Moms Can Get

FREE Baby Samples New and Expecting Moms Can Get

Looking for FREE baby samples? Here’s a list of legitimate ways to get free baby stuff including diapers, wipes, baby books, baby food, clothing, and new mom freebies. Many you can register for online and it’s sent by mail!

Baby’s First Year

Baby Wearing on a Budget Tips & Tricks

Baby Wearing on a Budget Tips & Tricks

How do you Baby Wear on a Budget? Just like all other baby gear you need when you have a newborn at home, babywearing can be expensive if you aren’t prepared. When you do a quick search for baby carriers, you may be shocked at how expensive they can be. But don’t let...

Second Baby Checklist: Essential Items to Prepare for a 2nd Child

Second Baby Checklist: Essential Items to Prepare for a 2nd Child

Second Baby Checklist I'm pregnant with our second! My daughter will be 2.5 when our second baby is born. As we still have a lot of the baby essentials from my daughter, my first thought was - we'll be covered. Her things might be a little worn, but they're definitely...

Baby Clothes Checklist: Essentials from 0-3 Months to First Year

Baby Clothes Checklist: Essentials from 0-3 Months to First Year

Essential Baby Clothes from the First 3 Months to 1 Year As a first time mom or dad, it's easy to buy lots of adorable baby clothing only to find out it's unusable or impractical. I certainly did. My first purchase was this cute baby fleece onesie for 6-12 month olds....

Daycare Essentials Checklist: What to Pack for Daycare

Daycare Essentials Checklist: What to Pack for Daycare

What are the Daycare Essentials for Infants or Toddlers? Daycare is an emotional time for everybody. Getting what you need for daycare prepared in advance will be one less thing to worry about when the overwhelming drop off happens! Here are the essentials my daycare...

Diaper Bag Necessities: What to actually pack in your diaper bag!

Diaper Bag Necessities: What to actually pack in your diaper bag!

Diaper Bag Necessities Your diaper bag is going to be your lifesaver when you're on the road! From dealing with poop explosions to sudden tantrums, your diaper bag is going to get you through those unexpected, messy realities. Since your diaper bag is a mini version...

Postpartum Essentials: things moms NEED after giving birth

Postpartum Essentials: things moms NEED after giving birth

What are the postpartum essentials? Where's the postpartum care kit registry? All throughout the 9 months of pregnancy, you're preparing for the baby's arrival. You have a baby shower. Get all these cute baby products from clothes to toys. It's all about the BABY. Not...

11 Breastfeeding Must Haves That Will Make Nursing Easier

11 Breastfeeding Must Haves That Will Make Nursing Easier

What do you need for breastfeeding? All you really need for breastfeeding is your breast and your baby. As a money-conscious person, I hate buying more than what I need. In my experience, breastfeeding is not easy. Before my baby came, I didn't know nursing could be...

6 Month Baby Must Haves: What Babies Need at 6 Months

6 Month Baby Must Haves: What Babies Need at 6 Months

What are the Must Haves for a 6 Month Old Baby? What do babies need at 6 months? Between 6-12 months, your baby changes so much! It's an entirely different experience from 0-6 months. You're introducing solids. Your baby is learning to sit up, crawl, stand and walk....

Baby Essentials for the First 3 Months You Can’t Forget About

Baby Essentials for the First 3 Months You Can’t Forget About

What are the baby essentials for the first 3 months? The first three months are both exhilarating and exhausting. You're excited to finally care for your little one, but there's a huge learning curve. You want to arm yourself with all of the best newborn baby gear and...

Baby Travel Products and Tips when Flying

Baby Travel Products and Tips when Flying

What are the best baby travel products and tips? Taking your baby on an airplane can be stressful and unnerving for even the most frequent travelers. You just don't know how your baby will react 40,000 feet up in the air. When my baby was 3.5 months old, I took her on...

Your Growing Child

Princess Room Ideas on a Budget

Princess Room Ideas on a Budget

What are the best princess room ideas on a budget? Do you have a princess fan at home? A princess theme is a great option for any child who loves princesses, castles and royalty. Whether your kid is a Disney lover or just likes to dress up, decorating their bedroom...

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas on a Budget

Frozen Birthday Party Ideas on a Budget

What are the best Frozen Birthday Party Ideas on a Budget? If you have kids at home, you’ve probably watched Frozen more times than you’d like to admit. And that also means that you probably have a little one begging to have a Frozen party for their next birthday....

How to Do Montessori on a Budget

How to Do Montessori on a Budget

How can you start Montessori on a Budget? Implementing a Montessori educational program at home is a great way to encourage your child to learn about the world around them through exploration. But if you’re interested in using Montessori at home, you may be...

63 Unique Gifts for Three Year Olds (Boy Or Girl)

63 Unique Gifts for Three Year Olds (Boy Or Girl)

What are the best unique gifts for 3 year olds? When your kid reaches the age of three, the types of gifts you give them will probably begin to change. At this age, kids start developing opinions, likes, and dislikes, which means they’re sure to voice their opinion...

The Best 2 Year Old Must Haves

The Best 2 Year Old Must Haves

What are the best 2 year old must haves? Having a two year old at home can be a rollercoaster ride. On one hand, you have an adorable, curious little one who loves exploring the world around them. But on the other hand, you also have an emotional child who’s stuck...

Easy Activities for a 1 Year Old Baby You Can Do at Home

Easy Activities for a 1 Year Old Baby You Can Do at Home

What are the best activities for 1 year olds at home? Once your baby reaches the one-year mark, you’ll probably notice they’re not as easy to entertain as they once were. While you used to be able to set your baby down on the floor to play with a few toys to entertain...

Money Books for Kids that Teach Financial Literacy

Money Books for Kids that Teach Financial Literacy

What are the best money books for kids? Since money is a big part of our everyday lives, it’s likely that your kids have a basic understanding of what money is and how it works. From using money to purchase things at the store to earning money at your job, there are a...

Best Playroom Ideas on a Budget

Best Playroom Ideas on a Budget

How do you decorate a playroom on a budget? Creating a fun playroom for your kids is a great way to encourage creative play and help contain the toy mess. But if you’re on a budget... Making a dedicated room in your home for your kids to play may seem out of the...

How to Make Money as a Kid at Home: 32 Easy Ways to Earn Fast

How to Make Money as a Kid at Home: 32 Easy Ways to Earn Fast

How can a kid earn money? Just because your kid can’t get a normal 9 to 5 job, like an adult, doesn’t mean they can’t find other ways to earn their own money. In fact, kids of any age have a variety of great resources at their disposal to help them earn money on their...