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  • Review and Giveaway: Smart Mom, Rich Mom by Kimberly Palmer

    I rarely agree to review books, but when I was asked to review Kimberly Palmer's latest book, I said yes because I knew it would be good. And it is.

    Smart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family (affiliate link) is a must-read book for every mom, regardless of her age or stage of motherhood. Kimberly covers all of the bases, from preparing for motherhood to living well in retirement.

    Smart Mom, Rich Mom Review

    Even if you’re familiar with personal finance and wealth-building concepts, you’ll learn some new things in Smart Mom. Because I am a non-practicing lawyer who has worked part-time at home since my oldest child started elementary school, I was particularly interested in the section about working moms. Kimberly discusses extremely important but rarely-mentioned issues like continuing to accrue Social Security credits, and how continuing to earn money, even at a reduced level, helps to protect your future earning power. She also offers actionable ideas on job flexibility and career paths.

    Although I have two boys, I was intrigued by the discussions about gender bias when it comes to money. Moms are often paid less simply because of the perception that they are less productive. It’s generally easier for moms who have professional careers to have flexible schedules, and their salaries are more comparable to men’s than those of moms in lower-paying jobs. And, studies show that boys are more confident and talk more about managing money with their parents than girls. I don’t have daughters, but Kimberly’s book has made me aware that I am modeling a woman’s relationship to money for my boys.

    I especially love that the book is well-researched, but easy to read. Kimberly quotes not just from studies but the numerous women she talked to while working on Smart Mom, including new moms, grandmothers, single moms, working moms, stay-at-home moms, and more. Their experiences can inform ours as we make our own financial decisions.

    Smart Mom covers the basic areas that all moms need to know:

    Be smart about spending and saving. There’s not much new here for Chief Family Officer readers, since I hope you’re already a convert to mindful spending. Kimberly encourages the use of coupons, asking for discounts, checking for billing errors, and of course, making conscious and considered decisions on how to spend your money. One thing I did learn was to let my children see me in action, such as when I call customer service to correct an error. This is something they will have to do themselves someday, and watching me do it is a great way for them to learn.

    Think like a boss. As mentioned already, Kimberly has a fantastic discussion about working moms. I appreciate that it’s so thorough. She talks about the traditional professional mom, which made me think of my lawyer friends who still work full-time. But she also talks about moms who scaled back, temporarily or forever, entrepreneurial moms who started a business, and other moms who’ve crafted their own path.

    Embrace investing. Throughout the book, Kimberly encourages moms to be at least as involved in managing their family’s finances as their husbands are. And she spends extra time pointing out the importance of investing, whether it’s for retirement or your child’s college tuition. I was struck by the point that women tend to be conservative investors, and was encouraged to consider taking a few more risks when it comes to our portfolio.

    Play defense. Kimberly’s research shows that most moms will, at some point in their lives, be on their own. After all, many couples get divorced, and women tend to outlive men. So it’s important for moms to be prepared with life insurance, wills, access to accounts, and more. Kimberly also encourages us to be aware of our parents’ financial situation, and has suggestions on how to talk to our parents.

    Teach the kids about money. We need to model good financial behavior, and also discuss financial issues and decisions when the kids are young so that these discussions are easier to have when they’re older.

    In sum, Smart Mom, Rich Mom is a book that every mother should read! In fact, while it may not be as cute as a baby carrier or romper, this book will now be part of every baby shower gift I give to a new mom-to-be.

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    One lucky CFO reader will win a copy of Kimberly Palmer’s new book, Smart Mom, Rich Mom: How to Build Wealth While Raising a Family! To enter, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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    June 2016 Reader Appreciation Giveaway: $25 Sephora Gift Card

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    Each month this year, we’ll have a month-long Reader Appreciation giveaway. The prize for June is another $25 Sephora Gift Card!

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    Some of the entries can be done every day, so be sure to bookmark this page and come back daily to increase your chances of winning. To enter, simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below – and thank you for reading CFO!

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    May 2016 Reader Appreciation Giveaway: $25 Sephora Gift Card

    Sephora Gift Card Giveaway | Chief Family Officer

    Each month this year, we’ll have a month-long Reader Appreciation giveaway. The prize for May is a $25 Sephora Gift Card!

    Sephora Gift Card Giveaway | Chief Family Officer

    Some of the entries can be done every day, so be sure to bookmark this page and come back daily to increase your chances of winning. To enter, simply follow the directions in the Rafflecopter widget below – and thank you for reading CFO!

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    Giveaway: Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit

    Orkin Rollins Inc. provided information and assets used below, as well as the giveaway prize. All opinions are my own. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Orkin Bug Catching Kit Giveaway | Chief Family Officer

    Summer is almost here, and that means having fun outdoors – picnics, baseball games, barbecues and more! But there’s one thing no one likes about being outdoors – mosquitoes. Not only are they a nuisance, but they also pose potentially serious health risks. So to help you better prepare yourself and your family to fight the bite, Orkin presents the “Buzzer Beater” app, which features their scientists’ knowledge of mosquitoes:

    About our sponsor: Orkin uses the latest technology and unparalleled training to develop an effective treatment that’s right for your needs. To learn more about their pest control based in science or to schedule an inspection, visit orkin.com or call 1-800-800-ORKIN.

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    WIN IT!

    Orkin wants to give one lucky CFO reader an Orkin Summer Scientist Bug Catching Kit, which includes:

    • Bug Catcher Craft Kits: These awesome DIY bug catcher kits will let your family’s personality shine through while also learning about nature and the world around us. The kits include a variety of foam ladybugs, dragonflies and more!
    • Bug Nets: Explore the great outdoors with these fun mesh insect nets. They can be used to collect and study butterflies, ladybugs, caterpillars and many other backyard creatures.
    • See-Through Bug Jars: Reveal the wonders of your backyard with these clear bug jars. Each transparent plastic box has a magnifying lid for better insect viewing. Young explorers love discovering worms, butterflies, ants and insects. These containers allow them to make homes for their new discoveries.
    • Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters: Scratch faces, designs and more on these Magic Color Scratch Little Garden Critters! A perfect kids’ activity for critter lovers, simply scratch away the black coating to reveal vibrant rainbow colors. Includes butterflies, frogs, turtles and more.
    • Glow-in-the-Dark Creepy Crawlers: Turn off the lights and let them glow! These vinyl glow-in-the-dark bugs are lots of fun for all ages.

    To enter, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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    Reader Appreciation Giveaway: Mystery Box of Samples, Full-Size Products & Other Goodies

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    Better late than never, here’s a new Mystery Box giveaway!

    Like previous Mystery Boxes, this box is full of samples, full-size products, and other surprises! It’s just another way for me to say, Thank you for reading CFO!

    The current Mystery Box is a USPS Medium Flat Rate Priority Mail box like the one pictured above, and contains all of the mystery items that will arrive at the winner’s doorstep. If that sounds like fun, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below to enter the giveaway, and good luck!

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