DoughMain provides parents with a unique way to manage their family and teach them about money. The application includes a number of tools, starting with family coordination. The coordination tools include a family calendar that all members can access as well as a chores tracker chart that allows children and parents to see weekly chore schedules and progress reports. Parents can use the charts to set goals and reward their children for a job well done. An allowance tool is available so parents can set up an automatic allowance or provide the allowance when the child achieves a specific goal. For example, if the child does the dishes or runs the vacuum, they can earn an allowance which can be tracked using DoughMain. DoughMain also provides educational games for children. The Fun Vault is intended for users age five and older and helps children learn how to recognize currency values and allows them to discover the difference between something they want and something they need. The Sand Dollar city is an underwater themed play area where children can work a candy store to get out of debt and learn more about money management. The I Rule Money site is intended for teens and helps them learn lessons about financial independence. Additional features include the DoughMain real world debit card for teens, integrated bank accounts and retail gift cards.Show more screenshots »
DoughMain was founded by Ken Damato. The concept came to Damato while he observed his two young boys playing Webkinz online. He noticed that each child was applying a different method of currency management in the game. While one child saved up for larger purchases, the other was spending his currency as soon as it came in. Damato began putting together a collection of activities and tools that would help families teach children about money management. The results of his efforts are the numerous features and games offered by DoughMain.
DoughMain is a very helpful tool for families who are interested in teaching children how to manage money while having fun. The application has brought together entertainment and financial lessons and blended them seamlessly. Children can develop their understanding of money management while they play engaging games and manage real life money by completing chores and learning how to save.
DoughMain has brought together two concepts, which seem to be mirrored in the website’s design and color scheme. Deep blue is accented by hints of green and red against a white background. The application manages to remain professional and clutter free while incorporating fun icons and images that entice children. Overall, DoughMain has created a user friendly layout and inviting atmosphere that appeals to family members of all ages.
A new user can set up a DoughMain account by clicking the green “Sign Up” button in the upper, right hand corner of the homepage. The registration form appears on the following page and asks for an email address, password and date of birth. The user can check a small box at the bottom of the form to confirm that they are at least 18 years of age and agree to the DoughMain terms and conditions.
Even though DoughMain is all about money, it doesn’t actually cost anything to use. A new visitor can register for an account for free. The site does not charge a subscription fee or other expense for maintaining an account. The user can access all current features and help their family learn more about money management the fun way without dipping into the family savings to pay for the service.
DoughMain.com is intended for families with children or teenagers. The application helps parents manage family tasks, such as chores and allowance payments. It also offers fun entertainment through games and activities that teach children how to handle their money in the real world.