Don't get me wrong, I'm not a "heavy trader", but I do have a few shares of stock in several different companies. When they do well, they pay dividends, and a few companies out there also pay their stockholders with other rewards as well.
One of those is is Darden. Each quarter that they do well, I receive a $5 gift certificate to use at one of their restaurants. Darden is the parent company that owns Red Lobster, Olive Garden, Longhorn Steakhouse and 4 more. Since Red Lobster and Olive Garden both run coupons on a regular base in the paper, we combine the certificate with a coupon and usually end up getting one meal free.
Now that the girls are old enough to somewhat understand stocks, I plan on getting a few shares for each of them. This will be a great way for them to learn about stocks, the market, expenses. I'm still looking for a good book that will explain it on their level. Any suggestions??