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By Suzy $mart
Suzy’s celebrating National Travel and Tourism Week with the Kentucky State Parks – and sharing with you.
You still have time to enter the drawing for a free night’s lodging at Blue Licks Battlefield State Resort Park Lodge (Sunday through Thursday.)
The Lucky winner must use it by April 30, 2013, based on availability.
Blue Licks is a beautiful, family-friendly and has great food! The Park lodge has 32 rooms. There’s a museum, playgrounds, a pool, picnicking, mini-golf, 6 miles of hiking trails – and over 1000 acres of parkland. For details check out Suzy Wednesday.
To enter, send an email to email@example.com and tell Suzy you have “liked” KyForward on Facebook and signed up for our daily news emails right here on Our $mart Money. It’s that simple. You’ll be entered into the drawing for a nice family outing.
We’ll draw the winner at 8 a.m. Friday.
Free stuff this weekend
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea will offer visitors a FREE guided gallery tour through the center’s current special exhibit, “About Face: Kentucky Artisan Works Inspired by the Human Face,” on Saturday, May 12 at 11 a.m. and 2 p.m.
This exhibit features a wide range of works featuring the human face and created by 41 Kentucky artisans working in photography, painting, fiber, clay, wood, gourds, bronze, collage and mixed media, this exhibition showcases both realistic and abstract works.
A FREE demonstration of woodcarving by three members of the Berea Welcome Center Carvers is also scheduled on May 12, from 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
The Kentucky Artisan Center at Berea, just off I -75 at Berea exit 77, is open daily from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; cafe open from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Admission is FREE.
Kentucky Spring Horse Show and Kentucky Spring Classic at the Kentucky Horse Park continues through the weekend. Watch all the action, enjoy a gourmet burger, fresh-made sandwiches, salad bar and cash bar at “The Tack Room” by the lake at the Rolex Stadium for the $50,000 Hagyard Lexington Classic on Friday at 3:15 and the $75,000 Commonwealth Grand Prix on Sunday at 3:15 (both US Show Jumping Team Observation Events). Admission is free!
Mother’s Day weekend tradition: Mayfest at Gratz Park starts at 10 a.m. Saturday. Enjoy craft and art vendors, performing artists and more. Stop by the Carnegie Center’s Book Fair from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. Saturday. Fun for all!
Helping teens be financially responsible
Suzy says it is never too late to start teaching your kids about financial responsibility. She likes this advice from New York Life:
As your children get older, you can build on the financial basics you’ve developed with them over time. Teenagers often focus on more significant goals, such as paying for a new computer, car or college. But the process of discussing financial goals, creating lists and reviewing progress to stay on track remains the same. Here are some tips to help teens learn to manage their money responsibly:
• Encourage your teen to get a part-time job that won’t interfere with academics. For younger teens, you may want to increase their allowances in exchange for going above and beyond their weekly chores.
• Provide opportunities for your teen to take on more financial responsibility. Getting them to start paying their cell phone bill and car insurance premium is a great start. This helps teenagers appreciate the real costs of their expenses.
• Start the college-planning process early. Use online calculators, like those at www.finaid.org, to get a sense of the costs of college. Then, create a savings plan and budget to prepare for this vital goal.
• Continue to guide your teenagers as they budget their money. For example, remind them that they should designate a portion of their savings for “needs,” such as school supplies and college savings. A portion of savings can also go to “wants,” such as entertainment.
• Introduce a checking account to go along with the savings account your teen opened at an earlier age. Show your teen how to balance and manage the checking account. Checkout the special services and educational material that banks provide young savers.
• Prepaid spending cards can help teens learn to use credit maturely. It’s easy for you to keep track of spending by monitoring the accounts online. You can discuss concerns with your teen if any problems or bad habits develop.
Suzy says please start now helping your kids be Smart about their money. We’ve all learned difficult lessons over the past economically challenging years: We must take personal responsibility for our finances, be smarter about our spending choices, plan for a more secure future, get out of debt, use credit cards wisely, and save more. Be sure your kids get a good start on financial literacy.
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