Managing Gift Expectations with your Kids During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us and we’re about to start shopping for gifts for our kids.

Yes, we want to see their faces lit up with joy when they get that new toy they’ve always wanted, but we also want to make sure we’re not going into major credit card debt to get those smiles.

With the “perfect” gifts, you and your kids may both be smiling in December, but come March when you’re still paying down that debt … you won’t be smiling anymore.

According to Magnify Money, shoppers in the US racked up an average of $1,054 of debt during the holidays and more than half of those surveyed expected it would take at least 3 months to pay it back.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t buy anything for our kids. It just means we should do it responsibly.

Here are 5 strategies for getting through the holidays debt-free and managing your kid’s expectations in the process.

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How to Become a Millionaire in your 30’s – Interview 11 (Intentional)

When you truly become intentional about your actions, there’s little you can’t accomplish.

The next member of the Young Millionaire’s Club is walking, talking proof that good things come to the intentional.

Juan from A Journey to FI joins me today to discuss how taking some short-term sacrifices in his life lead to some long-term financial wins for his family. At a $1.3 million net worth in his late 30’s, Juan is charging toward financial independence and not stopping to look back.

Let’s welcome Juan!

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Don’t Time the Market – with Rocky Lalvani

It is so important to evolve and to keep up with the ever-changing world. Because when we’re complacent and stuck in our ways, opportunities, excitement and potential wealth can pass us by.

I’ve invited someone on the show today who lives by this credo and his name is Rocky Lalvani.

Rocky is a life and money coach who has built a multi-million dollar fortune, not from his coaching biz, but from living a life focused on flexibility, frugality, and family.

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How to Become a Millionaire in your 30’s – Interview 10 (Marketing)

Building and growing your own online businesses can be an incredible way to get some extra cash. In the case of our interviewee today, it was great way for him to become a millionaire in less than 10 years.

Marc from Vital Dollar joins me today to discuss how during his 30’s he went from a $50,000 net worth to $1,400,000.

The Young Millionaire Interviews continue my friends! Enjoy our 10th interview!

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Finding Contentment in the Age of Instagram – with Rachel Cruze

Contentment …  loving who we are and what we have instead of wanting what our neighbors, friends or family have.

It sounds simple enough, right?

Well, in a world where we can see our friends every accomplishment, vacation and home upgrade on social media 24/7, it’s tough not to get a little jealous from time to time.

To help us all enjoy more and covet less, I’ve invited NY Times Best Selling Author, Rachel Cruze, on the show today. 

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How Real Estate Investing Allowed My Wife to Stay at Home With Our Kids – with Joel Larsgaard

If you’ve been listening to this show for a while, you’ve no doubt heard me yammer on about my family’s interest in buy-and-hold real estate. We’re still shooting for our first rental property by December (if our savings can continue to build up)!

To help inspire me and all of you real estate dreamers out there, I’ve invited Joel Larsgaard on the show today.

His passion for real estate has allowed him to design a family life that allows his wife to stay at home with his two young daughters. Furthermore, his investments give him the freedom to have a day job that he loves (even if it doesn’t pay him top dollar). 

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Have I Committed to Too Many Kids’ Activities?

Our second question of the month comes in from Allison from Missouri:


Hi, Andy!

You’ve said that Nicole keeps you balanced with actually living life while still trying to reach your financial goals. How do you balance kids’ activities and optional expenses?

My kids are 4 and 1, and we have just started to branch out into formal activities like swimming lessons and gymnastics classes. I know that parents can go nuts with fun and enriching activities and kid events, easily spending hundreds of dollars a month. I’m not interested in being a tightly scheduled family or spending tons of money on activities, but I also don’t want to lean too far into “living in a cardboard box” territory. I’d love to hear your perspective on how your family balances kids’ activities and expenses.

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Why You Need an Identity Outside of “Parent” and “Employee” – with Mark Bovair

As young parents, we can easily lose our identity. If we’re not feeding, clothing and cleaning up after our children, then we’re at our full-time jobs grinding away trying to pay the bills.

Where is the “me” time?

When do I get time for my hobbies and interests?

That’s what I’m exploring today with my special guest, Mark Bovair.

Mark is a single father of 3 who hails from the great state of Michigan (like me). Personally, I really enjoy his conversations and perspective around fatherhood, balancing work with a pursuit of your passions and discovering who you really are.

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Why Playing Games With Your Kids Will Save Them From Living Paycheck to Paycheck – with Paul Vasey

I’m all about giving my kids the very best in life. That all starts with equipping them with the ability to provide for themselves in the future. Basic financial literacy is a great place to start.

Given that 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, according to CNBC, it is incumbent on us as parents to start the financial education process early so our kids will have better lives than we do.

There’s no one better to talk about these elementary (and crucial) math skills than Paul Vasey. Paul is the founder of Cash Crunch Games. This is a series of games for kids that teach money habits that will help them not live paycheck to paycheck and truly win in life.

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Grow Your Side Hustle into a Full-Time Family Business – with Tom and Ariana Sylvester

More and more Americans are embracing the side hustle lately. The massive amount of debt in our country is forcing people to get a second or even a third gig to make ends meet.

But what if you start to really dig your gig?

Maybe you see this gig turning into a real “grown up” business …

How can we leave our 9 to 5’s and pursue our new passion while still providing for our family?

I’ve invited two guests on the show today that will help us answer this very question. Tom and Ariana Sylvester are a married couple that not only raises children together, but they also build businesses together.

They run a coaching business called Lifestyle Builders where they help everyday people build their lifestyle through entrepreneurship. Also, they own a liquor store, invest in real estate and still have time to be present parents to their two small kids.

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