The Backstory Behind the Name: The Cash Dad.

I’ve had a few people question the name of this blog. Because, even though the message is similar to the last blog (some of the articles too), the name is quite different.

So I’ve decided to dedicate this post to give you the history and the message behind “The Cash Dad”. And hopefully you’ll get a better idea of why this blog exists and what I’m trying to accomplish.

The Message of the Cash Dad.

While I was trying to come up with a easy-to-remember name for this blog, in my mind I was running through the different messages that I wanted to convey to you: the reader.

I wanted you to have an idea of what this blog was about simply by seeing the first part of the name. “Cash”. But it’s more than just “cash”.

“Cash” obviously conveys “money or finances”. You could tell that without even visiting the blog.

Maybe I’m overthinking it, but you could also infer that borrowing money (which is the opposite of having cash) is not looked upon highly.

And things like ‘get out of debt as soon as possible’, cause it’ll only drag you down. And spend less than you make, because if you do, you won’t have to rely on debt to live. These are other “cash” messages that I’m trying to ingrain in you the reader.

If you haven’t noticed, I have strong feelings about debt and staying away from it.

But once you get out of debt, then what?

There’s obviously more to personal finances than just getting out of debt, so I also discuss saving money, and investing.

I also want to teach some money principles like how compounding interest works, and investing for the future. And of course, other than you guys, I want to teach my kids these money lessons.

Because after-all, I was a Dad before I was a blogger. So that’s where the “Dad” part came from.

The other “Dad” Connection

And also, because of my Dad. . .road driving

When I was in high school, I used to drive my Dad’s truck to get around.

I had just started driving, and the new-found freedom was great. No longer did I have to ask for a ride to my friend’s house, and then have to bum a ride home late at night. I could just drive myself there. Using my Dad’s little truck of course.

He had an old-er Chevy S-10 which could do 0-60mph . . . never. I once got passed on the highway by an Amish chariot buggy . . . just kidding. It wasn’t that bad. It had wheels, and was actually a pretty solid truck.

My Dad paid for the insurance and for any needed maintenance and repairs, and he got to drive it . . . sometimes. I drove it the rest of the time.

And of course it needed gas. When I had some money, I would put five bucks in it (which was about a quarter tank back then). And if I didn’t have any money?

The most trying parenting question, right behind, Are we there yet? is of course, Can I have some cash, Dad? Click To Tweet

“Can I have some cash, Dad?” I would ask. And he would usually pull out a five or ten, and I would get to go hang out with my friends.

At the time, I didn’t think too much about the inconvenience of him not being able to drive his vehicle whenever he wanted. After-all, we were a family of only two cars and three drivers.

So someone was always going to be left out. It just happened to be my Dad more often than not. And he would often get stuck riding his bicycle to work (which is a great way to save money, by-the-way), because there wasn’t a vehicle available.

He always said, “That’s what Dads do – we always seem to get left out. But that’s okay, I love you, and you’ve got to get where you’re going.”

And when I asked for the truck, He usually agreed.

I never heard him complain. He just kept giving, because “that’s what Dads do”.

Cash, dad origin storyNow I’m the “Can I have some Cash, Dad?”

And now that I’m a Dad, my older kids have asked that same question a time or two. They’re still too young to drive, but they still think that Dad (me) always has cash (just like I thought). And thankfully my little girl only speaks in one or two word sentences, right now. So she doesn’t ask for cash . . . yet.

So the next time one of the boys asks, “Can I have some cash, Dad?” I’ll remember what my Dad always said.

“Here’s a five for gas.” Because, “That’s what Dads do.”

And I’ll think to myself, “I want to be there for them. Just like my Dad was there for me.”

And so, when it comes time to fork over some cash for gas or something else, I’ll still be the “can I have some cash, Dad?” And I’ll probably give it to them, because “that’s what Dads do.”


I had a great example of a giving Dad. And since I have my own kids now, passing on the solid money principles that I was taught are important.

But not just for my kids. I know there are scores of families out there struggling with their finances. Either because of lack of knowledge or just because life happens.

So, I hope that through this blog I can provide at least a small bit of encouragement and some helpful info too.

That’s what the Cash Dad is all about.

Do you agree? What do the words “cash” and “dad” mean to you? Let me know in the comments.

Thanks for reading and sharing.



Chris is the original Cash Dad. He's a father of 3 and a mechanical engineer by trade.


  1. This was a great read! We do have a very giving and loving dad, and you are definitely following in his footsteps.
    It was nice mom and dad upgraded to the Saturn when I came around. 🙂

    • Chris Reply

      Haha, thanks for the comment, and I’m glad you agree with me. ?

  2. You are a amazing dad! And I love that your financial goals work towards making us parents that are able to hand out cash (within reason) to our kids instead of turning them down because we barely have enough for our bills.
    Love you!

    • Chris Reply

      Thanks dear. ? We’re are team though. It wouldn’t work as well with just me.

  3. Great post, Chris. This brought back some great memories from when I was growing up. I pictured myself sitting in the passenger’s seat and asking for a few dollars before I went off with friends. My dad helped me out, but also taught me good work ethic and the value of a dollar. As I get ready to have a son of my own, I hope to be half the dad that my dad was to me!

    • Chris Reply

      Thanks, I appreciate the comment. Good Dads are underated IMO. ?

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