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    Saving For Summer Camp — A How To Guide

    Last week Christine talked about the summer camp mom guilt she felt when looking at the prices for the programs her daughter wanted to attend. While my little isn’t quite there yet, I’m already mentally preparing and saving for summer camp. Friends and family have already shared some of the costs for kids activities so I know I’m going to have a good sized cushion!

    While the price tag may seem daunting, there is hope to making saving for summer camp both a feasible and family affair. Again make this process a FAMILY AFFAIR. It’s never too early to not only teach your children about money, but the importance of savings. Delayed gratification and patience are essential to learn in our world that wants everything instantly. Here are a few tips to teach your children while enrolling them in the summer camps that their little hearts’ desire:

    Are you ready to make sure your kids (and your bank accounts) have the summer of their dreams? Check out these incredible tips on saving for summer camp that are sure to make your budgets a breeze.

    IDENTIFY THE TOP 3 CAMPS

    Look at the summer camp catalog from local recreation departments, schools, and churches. Talk to your children about the cost of each. For older children, have a cap on the amount to be spent so they can understand how to make decisions with limited resources. You won’t feel like the bad parent for saying “we can’t afford this”. Pose questions like “Will space camp and basketball camp both fit in your budget?”

    FIGURE OUT THE SAVINGS PLAN THAT’S RIGHT FOR YOU

    Pinterest has tons of creative money saving challenges. These I highly encourage because they do not require huge shifts in your budget immediately:

    • Envelope Challenge: Number the envelops from 1-25. The number on the outside of the envelop is what should be deposited. 25 envelops = $325; 50 envelops = $1275
    • Penny Challenge: Day 1 deposit $0.01, Day 2 deposit $0.02, Day 365 deposit $3.65. After making 365 deposits, total savings $668
    • 30 Day Challenge: If you are on a time crunch and want to save quickly, Day 1 save $1, Day 2 save $2, Day 30 save $30. Total Savings $465

    Keep in mind, the right savings plan for your family can be a hybrid of any of the above, or make adjustments to meet the goal amount for summer camp.

    LASTLY, MAKE SAVING FUN!

    Draw a thermometer, create a shadow box, make deposits at your family meetings. You want to keep everyone encouraged and excited about what you’re working towards. Having a physical representation showing where they are in saving for summer camp can help a lot!

    Do you have family meetings about the money impact of your children’s desires? What money saving strategy do you think your kids will engage the most with?

     

    Are you ready to make sure your kids (and your bank accounts) have the summer of their dreams? Check out these incredible tips on saving for summer camp that are sure to make your budgets a breeze.

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  • Finances

    How To Make Banking Easy (And Free)

    This post was sponsored by Chime as part of an Activation for Influence Central. I received complimentary products to facilitate my review but all opinions expressed are my own.

    I’m not sure that “banking” and easy actually go together like peanut butter and jelly (or honey–whatever your preference). Or at least they didn’t until now.

    Old Banking Ways

    I still remember opening my first account. It was with First Union Bank and my mom took me to open it after getting my first job as a lifeguard when I was 15. I thought it was SO cool! I had an ATM card, an account register and my account numbers. I was ready to tackle banking head on!

    Until reality hit that it wasn’t as easy as I thought.

    Keeping Banks In Business

    I am pretty sure that my accounts alone kept Wachovia in business while I was in college. It was so hard for me to keep track of my expenses! This was pre-mobile banking so I actually had to go to an ATM machine to see my balance. This was on the brink of online banking so I learned I could check my statement that way but ugh, it was never QUITE accurate and I was ALWAYS in the negative! I remember one time my parents putting rent money in my account and I had to tell them that it was already overdrawn by $300. holds head down in shame

    I know. Terrible.

    Is money the root of all evil or do you just need a better bank set-up? I would wager the latter and with the help of Chime want to make it finances easy!

    Real-life screenshots from my phone of my notifications I get. I LOVE the “Hey boo!” Haaa!

    Banking Made Easy

    Thank goodness for evolution guys!!! Whereas in the beginning of MY banking, we didn’t have things like mobile banking, this is now a standard. While I love a traditional bank, this new style of online-only banking has made it’s way into my heart. I’ve recently tried out Chime Bank and I’m never going back!

    Is money the root of all evil or do you just need a better bank set-up? I would wager the latter and with the help of Chime want to make it finances easy!

    Chime Bank

    So what is Chime, right? Chime is the bank that everyone has been looking for. I’ve been a customer with them for a couple weeks now and I’m in love. Seriously. So much so that I had my husband take a look and he immediately wanted to sign up–I made him wait so I could show you guys just how easy it is to sign up.

    Why Chime?

    Chime is an online bank that has no monthly fees that surprise you and send your balance out of wack. It also has no overdraft charges. Yes, you read that right. For someone who spent their college career paying people’s salaries with my overdraft charges, this right here is a favorite for me. How do you get cash? There are over 24,000 fee free ATM’s. FEE.FREE. Yes, you read that right again.

    Is money the root of all evil or do you just need a better bank set-up? I would wager the latter and with the help of Chime want to make it finances easy!

    My Favorite Features

    They seriously had me at fee-free and easy set up. But there’s more:

    • Automatic savings: swipe your debit card and the charge will be rounded up to the nearest dollar with the difference put into your savings account + they give you 10% of each of your weekly savings to help you save faster
    • Cash back for paying bills and making purchases
    • No unnecessary fees (aka the things we hate about banks)
    • Real-time transaction alerts (I forgot my PIN and it alerted me literally right after I put the PIN in wrong)
    • Morning balance alerts
    • Easy to set up Direct Deposit
    • Took less than 5min to get started

    Is money the root of all evil or do you just need a better bank set-up? I would wager the latter and with the help of Chime want to make it finances easy!

    Banking Made Easier = Life Made Easier

    I’m a millennial mom who has her hands in literally EVERYTHING. From being a budding entrepreneur, managing 2 kids, a house, and being a wife, I don’t have time to balance checkbooks and wonder about my transactions. Having my real-time transaction alerts plus morning balance notifications makes my life so.much.easier.

    Tell me the truth: What is one thing you could change about banking?

    Want to learn more? Check out the website and see if Chime Bank is for you!

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