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The MoneySmart Family System: Teaching Financial Independence to Children of Every Age Paperback – August 21, 2012

ISBN-13: 978-1400202843 ISBN-10: 1400202841

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Thomas Nelson (August 21, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1400202841
  • ISBN-13: 978-1400202843
  • Product Dimensions: 0.8 x 6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (86 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #110,681 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Steve and Annette Economides are hailed as “America’s Cheapest Family.” With their amazing tools for saving money and personal story of living debt free, they are showing families everywhere how to live the American dream without debt. They have five children.

 


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I thoroughly enjoyed this book, and I highly recommend it for parents of children of all ages.
Starla M. Ross
I think that is just expected and if they don't do it, then I'll take something away like a toy for the day.
VAMomToBe
This book gives an overview of the Economides' method of teaching financial independence to children.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Karen Wilber VINE VOICE on August 25, 2012
Format: Paperback
The latest book from "America's Cheapest Family" provides parents with tips on teaching their children to be good money managers and, eventually, financially independent. The book's premise is that financial management can be taught at any age--it's just less expensive to begin teaching children when they're young and their wants are fairly small (the "$5 stage"). But even older children with bigger "wants" (the $50, $500 and $5,000 stages) can learn to budget their money and become more responsible.

Authors Steve and Annette Economides developed a MoneySmart kids system where kids earn money based on a system of points for completing different tasks throughout the day. This "payday" (don't call it allowance) teaches responsibility and gives the kids funds to use for learning how to give, save, and spend wisely.

But this book is not just about money management. Chapters address time management (morning and evening routines), chores, teaching children how to give and share, how to set savings goals, clothes, college, and what to do when adult children move back home.

I like the authors' realistic and practical approach which is grounded in respect for kids' abilities and parents' boundaries. The advice is old-fashioned--but it's time tested and grounded both in self-reliance and in living responsibly in a community. Even if you don't use the system they've outlined, this book will cause you to think about how you manage money--and how you're teaching your children to budget, spend, and save.

In these economic times--this is a smart read for middle class parents who want to raise financially resilient children.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Jamie on September 7, 2012
Format: Paperback
Steven and Annette Economides have made a name for themselves as America's Cheapest Family. As with any family, they've tried to pass on their financial strategies onto their children. In The MoneySmart Family System the Economides' share their methods for helping children of any age develop financial independence. The book promises to teach the reader how to deal with many situations including teaching children to be grateful and generous, prepare kids for their first paying job, and helping them develop strategies to get through college debt-free. They provide tips and techniques for all different stages of life from children under 5 to adult children.
First of all, am I the only one who finds it ironic that a couple with the last name Economides has written multiple books related to finances? Economy....Economides....haha! Ok, now that I've got that out of my system, I'll get on with the review. :)

This book is chock-full of information, not all of it was relevant to me at this stage of life but I read through them anyway to get tips for the future. While there are some really good ideas, there are some concepts that I just can't see my family adopting. For example, I don't think a 9 year old needs to be budgeting to buy their own clothes. As a parent, I feel that it's my job to buy my kids' clothes. I also think that it's a sad testament to today's society that they needed to include sections on how to deal with adult children that should be out their parent's house and on their own. That's not fault to the authors, I'm sure some parents are in desperate need of such information.

Overall this book was okay. It is well-written and easy to understand, but some of their techniques seemed a little harsh to me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By tammilee on August 28, 2012
Format: Paperback
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Authors ~ Steve and Annette Economides
I have read a couple of books by the Economides and really enjoyed each of them. This book was no different. I found it really easy to read and filled with wonderful frugal living information. This family has been there done that with frugal living and show that it can be done while still living life. They are truly an inspiration to us. I love the practical and no nonsense approach to money management this family lives by. They don't allow frills and sparkles to distract them from what is important...family financial security. This will be a book I refer back to multiple times. There are so many great tips and tricks in here for frugal living.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By VAMomToBe on May 3, 2013
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I am the type of person that needs checklists and structure, and so are my kids. Husband not so much, but he'll go along with it. :) So this book was perfect in that it provides a clear, structured system for getting kids involved in household financial awareness early on so when they do go out on their own in early adulthood, they've had plenty of practice. I can see if you aren't one of those types that likes lists/writing things down/tracking things, then this might be hard for you to implement in your household, but for those that crave structure, this is awesome. We've implemented the "time card" on page 16 for all 4 of us in the home, inc. adults and it worked for a few weeks but because I got busy with work and let it fall by the wayside, it hasn't been implemented the past few weeks. I am hoping to start it back up this month so we'll see how it goes.

The book is very useful in breaking it out by your child's age, which I mostly agree with how they allocate specific ideas and suggestions to the age groups. There were only a few where I thought the younger kids (3-5 years old) could handle a little more, but overall their ideas for the age groups are aligned with my thinking on how responsibility increases with the child's age so starting early (ages 3-5) is crucial to getting them involved right from the beginning.

I might alter their way of working this a little as I don't necessarily agree our kids should get paid for having a good attitude in the morning, getting dressed, brushing their teeth, getting ready for school without any issues, etc. I think that is just expected and if they don't do it, then I'll take something away like a toy for the day.
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