Good Cents Financial Coaching

Navigating from stress to financial success

Book Review: Smart Money Smart Kids

In an earlier blog post discussing my 4-year old’s materialistic obsession with toy trains I said, “I don’t blame him, but I do want to “train him up in the way he should go”.  I want him to understand the difference between needs and wants. I want him to grasp that money doesn’t grow on […]

Fun with George and Dave

George Strait isn’t doing a show in Florida for his farewell tour?   Are you kidding me? What are we going to do? This was Eric’s and my dilemma several months ago when King George released the schedule for his last ever concert tour. This was just not acceptable; we had to see him one last […]

Training up a Child

Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. – Proverbs 22:6 “But, Mommy, I need it!”  No, sweetie, you don’t need another Thomas train.  The fifteen you have plus the hundred non-Thomas trains cluttering our house are more than sufficient.  Yes, my […]

Breaking Bad?

I know I’m late to the party, but I just watched the pilot episode of Breaking Bad.  Wow, this Walter White guy is a sad, sad man.  What we learn in the initial episode is he is a brilliant, accomplished chemist who now attempts to teach chemistry classes to a bunch of unenthused high schoolers.  […]

Going Green – Cash Envelopes

In the last blog post I promised to share my experience with using cash envelopes and pass along some tips.  So here we go… I learned about the cash envelope system while going through Financial Peace University (FPU) in early 2012.  It seemed like a great idea to me – in concept.  I saw how […]