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10 Thoughts About Money From Favorite TV and Movie Dads

For better or for worse, many of our attitudes about money come from our parents. And no matter their financial situation, profession, age, or number of kids, dads around the world have managed to spout the same cliché “dad-isms” about money to their families: “Money doesn’t grow on trees.” “Do you think I’m made of money?” “The barcode isn’t scanning? I think that means it’s free!” “You get what you pay for.” “Dad, I’m broke.” “Hi Broke, I’m Dad!” Of course, the luckiest of us have gotten some real pearls of financial wisdom passed down from our fathers … and maybe the rest of us have gotten a real-life example of what not to do that we carry with us throughout our lives. In honor of Father’s Day, we’ve rounded up 10 thoughts about money from some of our favorite TV and movie dads, and extrapolated ways that you can…

The Secret History of Father’s Day

The first Father’s Day celebration was held on June 19, 1910 in Spokane, Washington. But did you know that Father’s Day didn’t become a national holiday until 1972? The idea of celebrating Father’s Day came about shortly after the induction of Mother’s Day as a commercial holiday in 1908 (Mother’s Day didn’t actually become a national holiday until President Woodrow Wilson legislated it in 1914). In 1909, Spokane, Washington resident Sonora Smart Dodd tried to establish an equivalent to Mother’s Day for male parents. After generating sufficient grassroots support among local clergy, the YMCA, shopkeepers, and government officials, Dodd’s resolution came to pass – and on July 19, 1910, Spokane became the seat of the first statewide Father’s Day celebration. Other states caught on, and by 1916 President Wilson was honoring the day with an elaborate flag ceremony. Still, no proclamation had been made to observe Father’s Day as a…

Financial Advice for New Dads

There’s nothing quite like your first Father’s Day as a new dad. But once the excitement wears off, panic can set in. Especially when you look at how expensive having a baby can be. According to a 2013 report by the US Department of Agriculture, most middle-income families can expect to spend an average of $245,340 on their child by the time he or she turns 18. Add the cost of college tuition to that, and you may want to reach for the antacid. That said, covering your child’s expenses for the next two decades can actually be more feasible than you think. All it takes is a little extra planning. Here are seven financial tips that every new dad – or mom, for that matter – should know. Create a Budget and Stick to it. While living within your means is always a good idea, it’s a really good…

Great gifts to make every dad smile on Father’s Day

shutterstock_181356089Stumped for Father’s Day gift ideas? Don’t panic! Believe it or not, you have more than silk ties, cuff links and pen sets to choose from when it comes to great presents for the first man in your life. As with any gift, the idea is to get something that recognizes who he is and what he loves. Here are some suggestions to make June 15 awesome for your father, grandfather, stepfather or husband…and stress-free for you, too.
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Why Father's Day?

father's dayIt never fails. When you realize it is Father’s Day you begin to wonder how mid-June came so quickly. For some of you parents, the kids just got out of school and for others they aren’t even out of school yet! Either way, Father’s Day is this weekend and we all know that each and every Dad should be taken care of the way he deserves. How did Father’s Day come about? We’ll give you a brief history lesson.

There are many rumors about holidays like Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day concerning the idea of them being created by corporations. It is true that during these times of the year there is an increase sales in various industries. Markets sell more cards and flowers and big businesses even create products surrounding these themes.