How to Teach Children About Money in 7 Easy Steps

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  Money can be a touchy subject for kids and parents alike, but it's also a topic that needs to be discussed. We want our children to understand the value of money and how it works, but it can be tricky to discuss these concepts without sounding preachy. As a parent myself, I've found that making learning about money fun is one way to get my child interested in the topic without worrying about them feeling like we're pushing an agenda or being lectured at. Here are some fun ways that you can teach your child about money : Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. Let kids invent their own games or create their own money. This works especially well with older children who already have a grasp on financial concepts like spending, saving, budgeting and investing. Let them create their own games using whatever they want as currency — anything from marbles to candy to paper clips could work! If they want to make up actual rules for using this new currency (f

7 Ways to Make Your Home More Comfortable in the Coming Warmer Months


When the intense heat of summer arrives, your home can start to feel uncomfortable if you have not prepared it properly. It is important that you take steps now to ensure that your home is ready to face the full intensity of the summer sun. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to ensure that your home is cool all summer long. To help you get your home ready for the hottest months of the year, follow these seven steps to ensure that your home is a comfortable sanctuary during the coming warm weather.

1. Install a Ceiling Fan

One of the best ways to get your home ready for summer is to install a ceiling fan or two. Ceiling fans help to keep your home cool all summer long. If it is not too hot out, they can keep your home cool even if you do not have the air conditioner turned on. If your air conditioner is turned on, running a ceiling fan will allow it to cool your home more efficiently.

2. Upgrade Your Windows

If you have older windows, you should upgrade them with energy-efficient windows if you can afford to. Better insulated windows will help to keep your home cool and comfortable when the summer heat arrives.

3. Install Some Wooden Plantation Shutters

As well as installing better windows, you also should invest in some wooden plantation shutters to cover them. Wooden plantation shutters are perfect for the summer months. When it is hot out and the sun is baking your home, simply shutting your wooden plantation shutters can lower the temperature inside your home substantially. However, it is easy to throw them open during cooler days to allow the pleasant summer breezes inside your home as well.

4. Seal Your Ducts

Your HVAC system is your home’s central features when the temperature rises. You need to make sure it is ready for summer. One of the most important things you should do to prepare your HVAC system is to check your ducts for leaks. Seal all the leaks in your ducts up, and you will make your air conditioner more efficient. This keeps you cooler and saves you money.

5. Prep the Air Conditioner

As well as checking your ducts, you should also get your air conditioner inspected by a cooling professional before summer gets here. Having an air conditioner that has been given a thorough inspection before the heat of summer hits gives you tremendous peace of mind.

6. Check for Drafts

Just as it is important to have your air conditioner ready for summer, it is also important to make sure that the cold air it creates stays inside your home. Take some time in the fall to inspect your doors, siding and windows to make sure they are sealed well. Placing weather stripping around doors and windows is a great way to keep them free from drafts. Use caulk to patch any cracks you find in your siding.

7. Run a Humidifier

Even though your air conditioner will help to keep your home cool, it can also make the air inside your home feel slightly unpleasant by drying it out. To offset this, you should run a humidifier during the summer to keep the air in your home moist and comfortable. If possible, you should use a whole-home humidifier that is tied into your cooling system so that it turns on and off with the AC.

Summer can be unpleasant, but you can make it much more comfortable if you get your home ready. Follow these steps, and your home will be ready to handle the worst heat that summer can dish out. You will stay comfortable and cool all summer long with these seven tips.


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