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Learn How To Invest in the Stock Market. It’s Fun!

In exchange for my honest and unbiased review, I received a $25 gift card to try out Stockpile.

Learn How To Invest in the Stock Market. It's Fun!

Let’s talk about the stock market (did you just yawn?)! Wait! Before you leave what if we talked about apple pie? How does apple pie relate to the stock market? No matter how much effort that goes into creating the recipe it is always worth the taste and fun to eat. Plus, a pie is sliced so you can enjoy only as much as you want. Making pie can be fun especially if you can find a recipe easy enough to get the entire family involved as so can making your very first stock market investment. Give me a try as I explain how easy it can be and in the end I have a little freebie for you to get you started.

Stockpile is a website and an app (if you prefer) that guides you from start to finish with your investments. So let’s make it simple. Think about that apple pie all baked and ready for you to take action and slice into it. Do you plan on eating the entire pie at once? Of course not. So you just want a slice? There are many slices available and you know what? No one is going to force you to eat your entire slice either. You may want the whole slice and all the goodness (and calories) it comes with, but what if you only want a bite or two? You want to start small and maybe you’ll finish the entire slice later on…or not. That is like investing with Stockpile.

When you sign up at Stockpile which consists of assigning an account someone (yourself or child) and giving some basic information you aren’t dealing with pies but businesses. I was given a $25 stock gift card to invest and I chose Amazon. Now I hold a stock that starts out as zero cash value on a number line and can check in anytime to see if it falls or rises.

Fact (lesson): ‘Prices go up when there are more buyers than sellers. Prices go down when there are more sellers than buyers.’ So let’s all buy a little piece of the business pie. You get to choose your flavor (Amazon, Apple, Nike and over a thousand more).

Remember my analogy of taking 1 slice of apple (or your ‘flavor’ of choice) and only wanting a part of that slice? Stockpile allows you to put the amount you want and that can be as low as $5 to start into 1 share. A share can go for as much as hundreds or even thousands of dollars in trade but you buy into it as much as you wish. Any return if it doesn’t fall is calculated based on your investment.

Now once you just start with a minor dollar amount you still cannot really dive in deep without an investment plan. Whoa! Heavy phrase! That’s OK, Stockpile will teach you about index funds (such as the S&P 500) and individual stocks. The difference in short? Index funds are a collection of companies that come together as one investment option and individual stocks is putting your money into only 1 company. There are risks and advantages to both and that’s the fun part. What would you choose to learn more about?

You won’t get rich quick. There are no guarantees. You can lose your investment. I chose Amazon so do you think that is a big risk or a little risk? Amazon has been around a while and is more established than a brand new start up. Amazon has had steady stock prices for the most part and are past the new start up price spikes. That makes a brand like Amazon a safer risk. Think about that as you invest your first $5.

Guess what? I am giving you your first $5 to start. Just for fun. Just to really feel motivated to dive more into Stockpile and learn about how you can sign up a child, family member or yourself. GET your FREE $5 (I promise there is no catch-I would never do that to you). I will say that if you sign up I get a $5 bonus to invest somewhere just like you did and that is a lot of fun. But I am not telling you to create this free and easy stockpile investment out of greed. Once you complete redeeming your $5 you can get a referral code to and pass it on to others yourself.

Start now with $5 from me (well, technically it is fro Stockpile). Ready? Go!

This post contains a referral link. I am not a market professional and not responsible for gains or losses that you may experience. I am not affiliated with or own an investment in any company or brand mentioned, and have no plans to do so. Securities products are not FDIC insured. Not bank guaranteed. May lose value.

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Children Can Save, Spend and Share with Moonjar

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There is nothing too typical about money and children. This is because children gain much of their financial knowledge from their parents and no 2 households have the same financial situation. Should the schools teach children how to budget? Of course, the basics. Should their peers teach them? Depends on their own examples they have seen. The best teacher is you!

Perhaps you teach them your successes. Perhaps you were not so successful so you teach them a new way. Whether you put effort into financial topics with your children or not, they will remember what they saw, or interpreted by watching you talk, spend, argue, scrimp, work 3 jobs or buy lavishes and have them taken back if that may be. So, where do you start?

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The best way to teach financial spend, save and sharing tips is with scenarios or conversations. Moonjar can help with all of that so your children can save. It is your tool to teach. The Moonjar is their savings bank by task and the Conversations to Go is your guide.

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Conversations To Go: Money allows you to share opinions and dreams. A great dinner table topic or for get togethers. See how fun it can be to hear how your children put financial topics into their own words. Let it help you find the right lessons to preach.

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The Classic Moonjar Moneybox helps your child divide their expenses into save, spend, share. Later on, think of it as spending, savings and bills and now with a sense of giving back-in any way you can. Let it become a habit because if you can’t give back financially, you can always give time. It comes with a budget book to so they can track their progress.

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Groupon Coupon Savings and Local Deals

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Who would turn their nose up on extra money? I don’t which is why I get so excited at a good savings when I find them. I have increased my online shopping within the past few years and although it took me a while to conform to shopping at home, I quickly realized how much easier it is to control what you spend. Before checking out I search for coupon codes and for the stores that offer free shipping for what I want. I can even find savings on restaurants and local events when I search the deals in sites like Groupon. I recently paid $5 for a $10 Starbucks gift card using Groupon and even bought our oldest son 2 all day passes to GameWorks for only $20 using a Groupon coupons deal for his birthday. He plans to use them to take his girlfriend to Seattle for the day and have a blast gaming. I frequently use Groupon to buy gifts of adventures and getaways for family.
Groupon really has no limits on the types of savings you can find! Some categories in which you will save on Groupon are
  • Entertainment venues
  • Movie tickets
  • Restaurants
  • Salons
  • Fashion
  • Food
  • Concerts
  • Services like home and auto repair
  • Electronics
  • Travel
  • Retail savings at stores like Macys and Kohls
It is so easy to navigate and find savings. I tend to visit Groupon when I have to get gifts for others because I can look for services to gift them by their zip code or even find unique and fun gifts and product to buy and have shipped quickly. Groupon notifies my when items ship and I know exactly when to expect them. If using a service or entertainment deal you’ll simply print the voucher after you purchase it. The vouchers are available immediately after you purchase and are ready for use!
Don’t forget to follow Groupon on Facebook and/or Twitter so that you can stay updated and see the notifications of new and hot deals!
Want to know some hot deals you can get right now? I plugged in my zip code and here are some deals I can take advantage of today! See them below then give it a try and head to Groupon and enter your zip code!
50% Hair Styling Service- 2 miles away
40% Orca Whale Watching Experience
61% off Bowling and Shoe Rental
50% off local Mexican Restaurant
95% off Microsoft Office Online Class
You can see that whether the deal is national or local, Groupon displays them all for you!
 
Give it a try? Did you find a great local Groupon deal in your hometown?