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The Money JAR Episode #15: Me, My Kids, and Our Money Decisions

Where is a child’s place in making family money decisions? How do we involve kids with how much we spend on them? Todd and Evan answer these questions this week with the help of Jayne Pearl, a journalist and author of the Kids and Money book series. She shares some creative methods to address budget decisions around clothes, groceries, and back-to-school shopping, and where to draw financial boundaries. She also introduces us to the terms “cost of cool” and “affluenza.”


Jayne Pearl is a journalist and entertaining speaker, focusing on family business and financial parenting. She is also co-author (with Richard Morris) of Kids, Wealth and Consequences: Ensuring a Responsible Financial Future for the Next Generation (John E. Wiley, 2010) and recently released a guide book series about kids and money. Jayne began her career at Forbes and was former senior editor of Family Business magazine, to which she has contributed for more than 20 years. She has written hundreds of articles about family business, financial parenting, personal finance and business management. She is revising her second novel and when time allows she enjoys birdwatching, biking and music — writing and singing as well as listening to local musicians, including her son, Ryan Hommel, a touring guitarist and music producer.

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Todd Yuzuriha and Evan Wilson

Evan is married with two young children and lives in Portland, OR. He's a Partner and the CFO of The Official Manufacturing Company, a strategy, branding and design agency. He's also on the board or a strategic advisor of a few young companies. Previously, he was a Partner at Pacific Crest, a top technology boutique investment bank, which was acquired by Key Bank in 2014. He led the firm’s coverage of the Internet, social media and games, was frequently named to Institutional Investor‘s All-American Research Team and was regularly featured on CNBC and in The New York Times & The Wall Street Journal. Evan graduated from Linfield College, where he played basketball, studied finance and computer science and was an Academic All-American.

Todd is passionate about personal finance and began investing at age 12. He retired as Vice President of Engi-neering for Logitech, where he led product development of the company's audio and video game products. Previously he was Senior Vice President of Engineering for Labtec, Senior Director at Sharp Microelectronics, and Engineering Manager at Tektronix. Todd has a bachelor's degree in engineering from Stanford, a master's degree in engineering from the University of California at Berkeley, and an M.B.A. from the University of Portland. Todd is married and has 3 children. He serves on the boards of Evergreen Public Schools in Vancouver, Washington and the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District and plays trumpet.