About Us

Gifting Sense is a free mobile/online service designed to help parents teach their children to think before they buy. In about two minutes, on any device, including smartphones, kids can answer all the questions parents normally want addressed before agreeing to spend money.

Our DIMS – Does It Make Sense?® Score Calculators and PPQs (Potential Purchase Quizzes) offer quick but meaningful just-in-time lessons on how to spend wisely; the type studies show are best at developing lasting financial literacy. We help children understand the true value of a request, before they make it, and to only ask for items they will really use and/or appreciate.

When are kids the most interested in learning about money? When they want some! Which is why they willingly complete Gift Surveys (our catchy name for a PPQ) when asked.  Sure, they do it to “get what they want”, but parents know that what their son or daughter is really getting, is a quick but meaningful burst of financial education.

Gifting Sense was founded by Economist and Mom, Karen Holland, who credits her own mother with teaching her how to spend wisely from an early age. She worked with parents, teachers, and digital development professionals to create the site you see today – which has been specifically designed to reduce waste – one purchase at a time. Her dream is that one day very soon, kids won’t even think about asking for something unless they know it’s DIMS Score ®!

Your Family’s Pandemic Survival Plan

Older kids can get a meaningful head-start on developing their own personal finance habits by participating in current household financial decisions. Ask them what expenses can be curtailed right now – their answers might surprise you.

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No One Has Carte Blanche!

Social Distancing is giving families with older kids a little more time to just talk, face to face. Tonight at dinner, consider discussing your first full-time job. How much did you make? Did all the payroll deductions surprise you?

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Jobs Parents Had in High School

We know it’s not always easy to talk to teens – particularly when it comes to things like jobs and money. But the pandemic allows you to do it with mercifully low expectations – it’s going to be next to impossible to get a job this summer.

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