Keep Your Older Kids on a Budget with the American Express Bluebird Card

BY: - 22 Jan '13 | Reviews

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Looking for a better way to give your kids money, allow them the freedom to spend it and teach them money management at the same time? We may have the answer for you with the American Express Bluebird Card.

We’ve talked about the Bluebird card here on the site before, along with some of the features and my experience loading money and spending with the card. Today we’d like to talk about one of the features that I think parents will like the most. With Bluebird you have the ability to create up to four separate subaccounts, right from your online account. This is how Bluebird explains a subaccount:

A Sub-Account is an account associated with your Bluebird Account that you establish for another person. It’s a convenient and flexible way to give family and friends access to your money, but maintain control over how much they spend and how they spend it.

A Sub-Account is linked to, funded exclusively by, and controlled by the main Bluebird Member. A Bluebird Member can have up to 4 Sub-Accounts.

This subaccount gives your teen/young adult the opportunity to have their own Bluebird card with funds that you fully control. They can use their card at virtually any merchant that accepts American Express. And you can also view their purchase activity online. There are multiple ways for you to load money on the card including my favorite, going to Walmart and making a cash deposit that’s available immediately.

BMWK family, how do you give your older kids money? Would the Bluebird card come in handy for you?

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Lamar Tyler wrote 2229 articles on this blog.

Lamar Tyler is co-creator He also is the co-producer of the films Happily Ever After: A Positive Image of Black Marriage, You Saved Me, Men Ain't Boys and Still Standing.


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  1. Janice Saunders

    As a life coach to middle school and high girls and the adults who care about them I can tell you with clarity that most adults could learn a thing or two from this money management tool.

  2. Pingback: My Experience Budgeting, Loading and Spending with Bluebird | Black and Married With - A Positive Image of Marriage and Family

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BMWK Meets Mavis of Hotel Transylvania

BY: - 28 Jan '13 | Reviews

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This weekend I was afforded the opportunity to attend the screening of Hotel Transylvania with my family on behalf of the Black and Married With Kids family. Since our five month old is too small for movies we ended up inviting my daughter’s best friend and lover of all things scary, to join us.

Those that know me, are well aware that fear is not my forte. I don’t do scary and unless they look cute and cuddly I don’t do monsters. Even so, I decided I would give the film a chance.

The event was put on by Street Food Cinema and held at the charming Aero Theater in Santa Monica, CA. Before the film started we were able to enjoy great food truck eats, pose with some of the film’s stars, and try out one of the many new apps made especially for the film. The fun thing about the apps is that anyone can download them! After making our way to our seats a skeptical me sat back and watched as the film transpired.

Following the film a Q and A took place with film’s director, Genndy Tartakovsky and producer, Michelle Murdocca as well as the artist behind the movie’s theme song “Problem (Monster Remix),” Becky G. It was a great chance for children to ask questions about the film and learn that many great things in life take patience, time and hard work — the film itself took approximately two years to create!

What I learned is that you don’t have to be a fan of monsters (although the ones in this film were hilarious) to be a fan of the message. The film tells a sweet story about a father who loves his daughter so much that he would do just about anything to keep her safe. It’s a notion to which many of us parents can relate. While our children can relate to the main character, Mavis’, desire to grow up. It is funny how kids are always in such a hurry to grow up.

We laughed and awed at what turned out to be a film that parents and children can enjoy together, more sweet and silly than spooky.

The takeaway for parents in my opinion is this, yes sometimes monsters are scary (except for the ones in this film!), but sometimes so is the fact that we love our children so much.

Hotel Transylvania comes out on DVD Tuesday, January 29th!

Photo Credit: Sony

BMWK — Have you ever “zinged” before? For those of you who have seen the film you know exactly what I am talking about! To find out if you’ve ever zinged before be sure to check out Hotel Transylvania on DVD.

The opinions in this post are all my own. Special thanks to Street Food Cinema for hosting such a fun family event!

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Krishann Briscoe wrote 32 articles on this blog.

Krishann Briscoe is a child welfare professional turned freelancer with a background in child and adolescent development and social work. In addition to authoring her personal blog His Mrs. Her Mr., Krishann is a contributor for Disney's Babble, The Conversation and The Conscious Perspective. Krishann resides in Southern California with her husband and their two daughters.


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