This month we focused on the red stuff, that cold, hard, Mao-adorned cash. We know many families have come to Beijing for adventure and cultural experience, but we cannot ignore that financial health typically plays a large role in the final stamp in everyone’s passport. In our feature, “Every Jiao Counts,” we asked families to share how they spend their disposable income while in the capital, and some parents even gave us financial advice. In “Smart Money” we brainstormed how families can wiggle through the costs of Beijing to save up to ¥250,000 every year.
We hope you’ll be inspired by Talking Shop’s family-driven story of Challet, which was formed to protect and support mothers, newborns, and toddlers by providing a time-saving delivery service of thoroughly screened products. Birthday Bash rounds up the cutest and most inexpensive birthday decor on Taobao. We see a bit of appropriate splurging on good looks in Indulge by this soon-to-be-wed couple. Finally, we highlight a popular post about Beijing’s vicinity rule in From the Blog.
Malacca Legend Signature surprises Liam and Annabelle with tasty seafood and spices, while the Rakhletsova-Quyen family show us how they mix and cook up culinary inspirations.
Give your students or children an opportunity to repurpose and reuse common rubbish for a very cool spin on the traditional piggy bank, or take your whole family on a cheap, healthy trip to the outdoor offerings of Beijing.
Dr. Melissa Rodriguez and Dr. Dorothy Dexter agree that health is one of your best investments, and they both give useful tips on how to do that.
A selection of international schools in Beijing show us in Schooled how they attract the finest of students or act upon their values by offering discounts and scholarships. These breaks can help ease the financial burden for families wanting their own chunk of Beijing’s world class education opportunities.
MSB students surprise us with thoughtful banking questions in When I Grow Up, and DCB students wow us with their art collections in Blank Canvas. Educators from Hyde Academy and TSL Britain suggest that money isn’t everything in their book selections, while Tech Corner reviews the apps that teach kids how to actually manage their jiao. Lastly, meet Prachi Gupta of YCIS and Karen of BWYA in Meet the Teacher and Student Life, respectively.
Columnists Andy Killeen and Ember Swift talk about family finances in their own way, with Beijing Baba covering the history and value of Monopoly while The Echo Chamber deals with money, music, and motherhood. Finally, do you teach finances to your child? Find out how your answers compare to two other families in Beijing from both sides of the globe in West Meets East.
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