About Family Money Adventure

Our Story

Hi, We are Kevin and Barb Payne. We’ve spent almost 20 years learning how to manage our money better. We’ve had plenty of failures along the way, but we’ve also found ways to succeed. Our money successes have allowed us to stress less and enjoy life more.

Family Money Adventure was created to share our story  (the good and the bad) and spark meaningful conversations about family, money, and travel. 

We aren’t experts. We don’t have all of the answers and we’re not experts by any means.  Our adventures with money, travel and family have been a constant source of growth and we hope our story inspires you to become more engaged in your own story. 

Our family is us, four incredible teenagers (yes, you read that right), the best pup in the world, and a slightly evil cat. 

Join us in the conversation and take control of your own adventure today.

Our core values

We believe diversity and inclusion allows everyone to be themselves and thus cultivates curiosity, understanding, and empathy for others.

We look to the future while not ignoring the past. Our optimism helps us to keep an open mind, positive environment to foster connections and be better at solving people’s problems.

We strive to be friendly, generous, and considerate of others and ourselves. This takes courage and some optimism as it involves our willingness to celebrate others consistently.

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Best Budgeting Apps For Families In 2023

The best budgeting apps help your family track monthly income and expenses and give you access to your budget anywhere, at any time. To determine the best budgeting apps for families in 2023, we looked at compared features, ease of use, availability, cost, and other essentials so that you can make the best choice for your family.

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Building A Successful Business While Prioritizing Family with Virginia Elder

In this special episode, I am joined by Virginia Elder. Virginia is the founder and owner of Podcast Abundance, a full-service podcast production company offering audio and video podcast editing and management services. Virginia and her incredible podcast production team help financial advisors, real estate investors, small business owners, and other entrepreneurs to create podcasts that educate, entertain, and inspire.  

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How To Boost Your Credit Score

Credit scores are a 3-digit number that represents your credit health. Whether you have a good score, bad score, or no score, there are actions you can take to boost your credit score, which can help you qualify for lending and credit cards and open other doors. A good credit score can also save you money. 

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11 Free Things To Do At Disney World

Disney World is a wonderful place, but it’s expensive, especially for families. There are ways to save money, but it can still cost more than other vacations. 
But not everything at Walt Disney World costs money. In this episode, I share 11 free things you can do at Disney World. Our list includes fun activities at each of the four parks and the Disney World resorts. 

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Walt Disney World Tips For Families

Our Disney World podcast episode series continues with Disney World tips for families. Whether it’s your first Disney World vacation or you’re a seasoned pro, these tips will help you plan an enjoyable experience for your entire family. 

Below are our favorite Walt Disney World tips for families. 

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How To Visit Disney World Using Points & Miles

Several years ago, I was introduced to the world of travel rewards. I learned that by getting certain credit cards, I could earn rewards and redeem them to cover our family’s travel expenses. In fact, our very first trip using points and miles was to the Orlando area. We visited Disney World and Universal Studios Orlando on that trip. We earned points with two hotel rewards programs and split our trip up between stays at two area hotels within those programs so we could cover the entire expense with points. We flew Southwest using Rapid Rewards points. Also, we earned enough points to qualify for a Southwest Companion Pass, which helped us save even more money. We rented a vehicle for the week, but I don’t remember if we covered the expense with rewards.

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