Entrepreneur Success: Fragile Glory Impressions

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The Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs was a huge success, and want to share some of our favorite moments.  After applying to the competition four different times, Mary Sorteberg finally won!  Learn more about her here. Meet Fragile Glory Impressions Mary Sorteberg, age 20, has been creating art since she was just four years old. She started her business at the …

Entrepreneur Success: ZARL, Inc.

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You may have missed our Celebration for Young Entrepreneurs, but we can share the acceptance speech from one of our winners, and the great video that introduces them and their prestigious mentor. Meet ZARL, Inc. Andrew Hageman and Zac Stahlhut, both 12 years old, have been friends since they were in second grade. In 2011, Andrew learned about a rocket …

Ask Amy: What Are the Top 3 Frequently Asked Questions from Parents About Kids and Money?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. In my job, I encounter hundreds of parents all looking for the same thing – or close to it. Whether it’s healthy eating, a strong work ethic, a dedication to school, or just a great attitude, most parents just want what is best …

Ask Amy: What Are the Best Books for Learning to Talk to Kids About Money?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. In today’s mobile world, iPhone and iPad apps are a great, quick way for kids to learn, experience and practice a financial concept.  You can check out my suggestions for mobile financial games and tools here.  However, sometimes we all need a bit …

Ask Amy: How Do I Talk About Money at Home?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. Just like with other difficult and personal topics, often it’s hardest for parents just to begin the conversation. A frequent question I am asked is, “When should I start talking to my kids about money, and how do I have that conversation?” My …

Spring Cleaning Family Costs

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The following post is written by the father of two account holders at Young Americans Bank.  The family recently undertook an interesting financial exercise that could be great for other families to try! A unique budgeting exercise This Spring we tried a new tactic at home to engage our children with family budgeting. At our house we have two kids …

Ask Amy: How Do I Budget with My Kids?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. A budget is one of the most important tools individuals and families can have to guide their money use and financial conversations. So often, parents are caught up in the daily grind of work, whipping up meals, taking kids to activities, and ensuring …

Ask Amy: What Are the Best Money Apps for Kids?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. With teens constantly tapping away on their smart phones and little ones begging for access to parents’ iPads, the question arises: what are some engaging, appropriate, and educational apps for my kids?  Watch this short video below as I suggest two of my …

What to Shop For This Spring

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The days are getting longer.  Flowers are popping up.  It’s finally starting to feel like spring.  Everyone is beginning to plan activities and trips for the summer… But wait!  What about celebrating Mother’s Day and Father’s Day? Don’t worry — we have the perfect chance for you to pick up unique, fun gifts for the best parents in the world. …