A water heater thatstops running, a car that needs repair, or a root canal are all unexpected expenses that pop up from time to time during this wonderful thing we call life. But I never thought in my wildest dreams of something like this. On … [Read more...] about If You Have a Teenager, You Need an Emergency Fund
Kids And Finances
The major subject theme here at CleverDude is Finances, but another reoccurring theme is Family (if you don't believe me, just look at the web site header, haha!). If you've been reading here for awhile, you know that I have a teenage son. Kids tend … [Read more...] about Shocking Teenager Moment: My Son Doesn’t Care About Brand Names
My mother-in-law had planned to come to town to go shopping with my wife this weekend. When my son found out, he asked if he could go shopping with her first, by himself. He wanted to go shopping for Christmas gifts for my wife and I, … [Read more...] about When Should Kids Start Buying Christmas Gifts?
The stiffness of a new pair of jeans, the whiteness of a new pair of shoes, and that â€œfresh off the rackâ€ smell of a new shirt are all childhood memories I have of the first day of school. Parents all across the United States buy … [Read more...] about Dress Your Kids for Success This School Year
Have you ever have an experience that reminds you instantly of something that happened years ago? My son and I went shopping for new baseball cleats at a sporting goods store that was having a 20% off sale. Looking down the isle of baseball shoes, … [Read more...] about Is Overspending Worth It To Help My Son Fit In?
A little over a year ago, my son decided that getting an Xbox was the most important thing in the world to him. My wife and I decided it was a great opportunity for him to learn the value of patience. and saving up for something. I told him that if … [Read more...] about What The XBox Taught My Son About Personal Finance