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11/10/15 Children # , , ,

Best Math Apps for Kids

Best Math Apps for Kids

Math was never my strong point in school. I eventually learned some good personal finance habits, but my math skills didn’t progress much beyond algebra. If only I had a smartphone and some math apps back then.

My daughter, who is now in 6th grade, is much better at math than I was at her age. Her teachers have done an excellent job in the classroom, and every once in awhile we go to a math app for help with homework.

I’m often on the lookout for great math apps to help make her math homework easier, and if possible, a little fun. Below are some math apps I’ve checked into, though we haven’t used all of them.

BrainPOP

This website has come recommended by my daughter’s teachers and is also used at her school.  I signed her up for a subscription this year ($11 per month) and I’m trying to get her to use the math app part of the site, which also offers lessons in English, social studies, science, health, engineering, and the arts.

The cartoon videos are fun and informative, featuring a guy and a robot. Some of the site’s content is free, such as this video on how to compare prices.

Zap Zap Math app

This math app teaches math through games, most aimed at K-6 grades. The app is free to download and doesn’t contain in-app purchases or ads.

While games can be great motivators, it’s up to you as a parent to decide if the games are really helping your child learn math. My guess is that most children will become bored by them eventually, since there is only so far you can go with them and the memorization of multiplication tables, for example, may eventually becoming boring. Continue reading

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11/21/14 Personal Finance # ,

Another Personal Finance Blog?

Another Personal Finance Blog?

As someone who is interested in how to best utilize my time and money, I’ve come across numerous personal finance blogs telling me how to save money, make money and how to stay out of debt.  I’ve written lists for websites on the best ways to save at the grocery store and if an extended warranty is worthwhile (it usually isn’t).

But what I haven’t seen much of online is a discussion of how your money and time are tied together. How being smarter with your money will free up the valuable time you have. There are only so many hours in a day, and you can’t buy more when the 24 hours are up. It’s not a news flash that the more time you spend working so you can earn money, the less time you have to spend it.

That’s the discussion I want to get to here. By being smarter with your money — by how you use it and earn it — you can free up more time to do what you really want. No one wishes they had worked more in life, do they?

Fewer bills, for example, are one way of not having to work as much. Without a cable TV bill, I pay less money for my TV service, and therefore don’t have to work as much to pay those bills. Lifestyle changes are just some of the ways to cut back spending so you can free up more time for other things.

In a way I’m promoting minimalism, which I’ll get into in a few posts. But mostly, I want this personal finance blog to focus on how finding better ways to make more money, and having fewer things to spend money on while being smart with the purchases you do make, is a lifestyle worth talking about. Those goals shouldn’t cancel each other out. Making more money while spending less doesn’t mean you have to work more hours in a day. It just means there are better ways to do things so that you can spend however much you need to meet your daily and long-term goals while having plenty of time left over to enjoy. Continue reading

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Hi, I'm Aaron Crowe. Welcome to CashSmarter. I'm a personal finance freelance writer who enjoys spending my money wisely and using minimalism to make my money last longer while increasing income.