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Kids have big expectations when it comes to holiday gifts. I know, that’s a huge understatement. Many don’t know, or don’t care, that times are tougher. And to a certain extent they shouldn’t, because, after all, they’re just kids. So how do you teach kids to have more realistic expectations about the holidays? More on that in a moment. “I want a cattle prod and taser for Christmas” A couple of weeks ago,… Read More

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The heat is on, and it’s not even summer yet. While a swimsuit will be the clothing of choice for a lot kids this summer, many parents will be looking for clothes for their kids, without breaking the bank. Kids’ clothes aren’t cheap, and since they growth so fast, the price tag is even more painful to stomach. But shopping for summer doesn’t have to cost a lot. We went to Betty… Read More

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School’s nearly out and summer is almost here. Parents will soon be lining up things to do for their kids during the next few months. But with budgets tight, you don’t want to waste any money. So should you buy that season pass or pay-as-you-go? That’s a question many parents will face this summer.  Places like Big Splash, the Oklahoma Aquarium, the Tulsa Zoo and the museums are all good choices, but they aren’t free. More… Read More

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Some of the most important lessons in life aren’t learned in school. One of them is finances. Teaching your kids about things like banking and checking accounts and compounded interest will make them more financially responsible adults.  Just look at these numbers, and you’ll know what I mean: The national debt is at more than $13 trillion and growing. 43% of American families spend more than they earn each year. Personal bankruptcies… Read More

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With Thanksgiving two weeks away, giving may be on your mind, but not on your children’s.  How do you teach your kids to give? Any parent can tell you that’s a tough one (I know, I have three of them).  Children love to GET things, not give.  Actually that goes for all ages. The holiday want lists are starting to take shape.  ‘Tis the season for getting, especially for children.  Nothing naughty… Read More

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Christmas is next month, and by now, kids are starting to place their order for their gifts. But that can create stress and guilt for parents if their finances are tight. Does your child have a long list of gifts for Santa to fit under their tree?  Are they starting to ask for a few of their favorite (and expensive) things? Betty Casey, editor of Tulsa Kids Magazine, says,  “During the holidays it’s… Read More

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Want to see a disappearing act?  Simple.  Just give your kids some money.  That cash is gone before you can say “poof”. It’s never too early to learn the value of money.  The sooner you can teach a child about saving and budgeting, the better prepared they’ll be to manage their own money. How does a parent do that?  There are of course many different ways, but Betty Casey, editor of Tulsa… Read More

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Magicians have nothing on me.  Or at least the money in my wallet.  The cash can disappear as quick as it takes to say, “Dad, I need some money.”   Every time I get 20 or 30 bucks, my kids take it.  Doesn’t matter what it’s for.  It’s gone.  Poof!!  Time for yet another trip to the ATM where money magically appears. Parents know that kids aren’t cheap.  But maybe not as… Read More

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Thanks everyone for “voting” on whether I should go with my wife to the opening of Legally Blonde (the musical) or stay at home and watch the Orange Bowl game.  Actually there was never any doubt what I would do (if you want to stay married).  Surprisingly, Legally Blonde was very entertaining.  Here’s a clip of LB (despite warnings not to take videos during the performance). Ok, so that’s my own Legally Blonde… Read More

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