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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Budgeting Through the Holidays

Consumerism has replaced the holiday spirit as the expected output during this time. We’ll soon see the gifts that everyone else receives, the get-togethers planned, and the magic of the holidays packaged up for young kiddos to enjoy. While no two situations are similar, it’s a natural feeling to compare your experience to others. In an attempt to empower your wallet and keep your heart in the right space, I’d like to offer a few suggestions for how you can manage your spending through the holidays.

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11 Must-Have Gifts For Travel Lovers

As a travel content creator, I’m always on the hunt for the latest and greatest travel gadgets, gizmos and gifts. My annual Christmas list for my wife and kids usually includes several travel-related items. 

While the holidays aren’t all about gifts, it’s fun to get or give something special, especially something you will probably love. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to find great travel-related gifts. If your budget allows it, though, there are some higher-priced travel gadgets that will have your loved ones jumping for joy this Christmas. Whatever your holiday budget, our list of the best gifts for travel lovers is sure to bring a smile this holiday season.

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Orlando World Center Marriott: Family Fun For your Next Florida Adventure

Earlier this fall, I had the pleasure of an extended stay at Orlando World Center Marriott for FinCon. I planned extra days on the front end of my trip to explore Walt Disney World before the conference, so I ended up staying eight nights at this impressive hotel property. 

This was my first stay at World Center, although we’ve enjoyed pool access in the past through stays at Marriott’s Royal Palms, a sister property located next door. 

Orlando World Center Marriott is one of the premier hotel properties within minutes of the WDW parks and Disney Springs. It’s also a great option for families seeking a retreat from the long park lines. Keep reading to learn more about my stay, including features and amenities available on the property.

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The Best Things To Do In Cleveland With Kids

Ok, so I’ve dreaded writing this blog post. Not because we don’t love Cleveland. Because WE DO. Cleveland is so underrated. We love living here and proclaim its virtues from the rooftops whenever we can. 

I’ve dreaded this post because it’s nearly impossible to narrow down our favorite Cleveland experiences, attractions, museums, parks, restaurants, and everything else CLEVELAND. 

We’ve had the honor and privilege of raising our family near the CLE. The city has given us so many great family days. Whether you’re a longtime local or one of the billion people we’ve told to visit Cleveland, there are plenty of things to see and do in this fair city. 

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5 Places to Visit in Fort Lauderdale with Kids

Fort Lauderdale is a great family-friendly destination for a few reasons. One of South Florida’s most popular cities offers beautiful beaches, exciting museums, and outdoor attractions. The city also gets nearly year-round sunshine and is a great alternative to Florida’s other tourist destinations like Orlando and Miami.

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10 Things To Do In Austin

Austin has become more popular over the past few years, and you really need to see the city with your own eyes to understand why. The capital of the Lone Star State offers plenty of reasons to visit: 300 days of sun a year, live music, a great food scene, and opportunities to enjoy outdoor adventures. It’s also home to a major university and numerous startups.

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