Kevin Payne

Kevin Payne is the budgeting and family travel enthusiast behind He's also the host of the Family Money Adventure Show podcast, where he helps families learn to manage their money better so they can afford to do the things they love.  Kevin is a freelance writer specializing in personal finance and travel. He is a regular contributor to USA Today, Forbes Advisor, Bankrate, Fox Business, Credible, and

The Gatekeeper at Cedar Point

Cedar Point 2024: A Complete Guide

Cedar Point has a special place in my heart. Growing up, our family often made the trek to Sandusky, Ohio, no matter where we were living at the time. I also worked there in the summer while in college. Cedar Point will always be “America’s Rollercoast” to me. Use this complete guide to visiting Cedar Point to plan your family’s next visit to the amusement park. 

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Cedar Point 2024 News & Updates

Cedar Point announced several changes and updates coming to the park and the entire family of Cedar Fair properties. Park fans waited a long time, but details have finally been released on Top Thrill 2, the latest roller coaster addition to the park. If the name sounds familiar, that’s because it builds on former park coaster Top Thrill Dragster. 

Perhaps the biggest news is the announcement by Cedar Fair of a merger with Six Flags. The news sent shockwaves across the amusement park world. 

Keep reading for the scoop on Cedar Point 2024 news & updates.

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Kings Island 2024 News & Updates

On August 10th, 2023, Kings Island Amusement Park and Cedar Fair announced that it was expanding its award-winning kids’ area, Camp Snoopy. The park announced Snoopy’s Soap Box Racers, a new roller coaster, would be added to the family-friendly area for the 2024 season, along with other new additions to Camp Snoopy. 

We’re huge fans of Kings Island. Our kids are teens now and probably not as interested in Camp Snoopy, but the updated kids’ area will surely be a hit among families visiting the amusement park for years to come.

Keep reading to learn more about the changes coming to Kings Island in 2024. 

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Mint Alternatives: Budgeting Apps To Consider in 2024

Financial technology company Intuit recently announced that it was closing the doors on Mint, its ultra-popular budgeting app. According to the company, they are “reimagining” Mint as part of Intuit Credit Karma. The company is currently migrating customers over to Credit Karma. 

Unfortunately, Credit Karma doesn’t have budgeting features. Whomp Whomp!

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Things To Do in Chicago with Teens

If you have teens in your family, you owe it to yourself and them to schedule a trip to Chicago soon.  There are so many fun things to do in Chicago. It’s one of the most popular cities in America to visit, especially for families.

Check out our list of the best things to do in Chicago with teens.

Use our list to plan your next family adventure. It includes some of Chicago’s more well-known sights and attractions as well as some hidden gems. 

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Visiting Holiday World in 2024: A Complete Guide

Hidden in Southeastern Indiana, close to the Kentucky border, lies one of the most unique amusement parks in America — Holiday World. Located in Santa Clause, Indiana, the park is a regional gem and favorite among amusement park enthusiasts. While it doesn’t boast some of the bigger roller coasters found at other amusement parks, it holds its own with family-friendly attractions and many unique offerings.

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How To Build Credit

Building good credit is a lot like building a strong house — it’s all about laying down a solid foundation for your money matters. It might sound tough, especially if you’ve got a lot on your plate as a parent, but getting a handle on your credit score is super important for keeping your finances on track.

This guide is here to help make things simpler. We’re going to break everything down into easy steps and explain why each one matters, so you can make smart choices for you and your family.

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How To Create A Family Budget

People tend to hate the word “budget.” They see budgets as restrictive, and in many cases, they’re right. But they don’t have to be. Budgets are simply a plan for how to spend your money.

Having a solid family budget is essential to managing your money effectively. There are dozens of budgeting methods available to use. Some work better than others, and what works for our family may not be the best option for yours.

Follow along as we walk step-by-step through how to create a family budget.

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A Beginner’s Guide To Travel Rewards for Families

Shortly after adopting our girls, we realized that we needed to improve our finances. While researching how to save money, budget, save, and invest, I stumbled upon a couple of personal finance bloggers talking about travel rewards. By getting certain credit cards and meeting spending requirements, you could earn big sign-up bonuses and rewards redeemable for airfare, hotels and other travel expenses. 

Since then, we’ve been able to book and pay for several family vacations using rewards earned from our credit cards. We’ve used travel rewards several times for Disney World vacations, beach vacations, adventures to cities like Chicago and New York City, and other exciting family trips. 

With so many loyalty rewards programs and rewards credit cards, it can be overwhelming to know where to start. Our beginner’s guide to travel rewards for families walks you through everything you need to know about getting started in the world of travel rewards. 

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Are Kings Island Season Passes Worth It?

ings Island Amusement Park is one of our favorite Ohio spots to visit each year. I have fond memories of annual visits as a child and teen to Kings Island. I’m old enough to remember when Woodstock Express was called the Scooby-Doo roller coaster (then Beastie, followed by Fairly Odd Coaster). 

If you’re a fan of Kings Island or live within driving distance, you may be wondering if season passes are worth the cost. The answer depends on how often you plan to visit the amusement park during the season and how likely you are to take advantage of the benefits that come with a Kings Island season pass. 

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