Financial Education for Kids

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It Won’t Make You Happy: Advice from a Reformed Spending Junkie

I’m a reformed spending junkie. Back in the 1980s, I made routine runs to the Willowbrook Mall in Wayne, New Jersey, to buy pens at the Koenig Art Emporium. We…

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3 money-smart skills you should teach your child earlier than you might think

  Start financial literacy lessons early — and I don’t mean as a Freshman in high school.   “Parents’ influence on their children’s understanding of money management begins early…before they…

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New App Introduces Kids to The Money Mammals Fundamentals: Financial Literacy Concepts that Every Child Should Learn

One of my daughter’s first savings goals was for a Razor scooter. I remember walking with her to make that purchase almost seven years ago now. She was initially distracted by the…

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3 Reasons The Money Mammals Created a Kids Club For Credit Union Youth Accounts

  A credit union marketing director recently asked me why we created a credit union kids club. The answer requires a little background.   My wife and I wanted to…

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Are you interested in raising a money-smart kid?

  Are you interested in raising a money-smart kid? Or are you in a position to potentially influence families to raise money-smart kids? (I’m looking at you, my credit union…

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Financial Literacy for Kids: What to Do for Your Kids at Every Age (From 2- to 12-year-olds and Beyond)

    “Let me please introduce myself. I’m a man of wealth and taste.”   I am listening to the Rolling Stone’s “Sympathy for the Devil” as I craft this…

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Financial Education for Kids: 3 FAQ’s that Might Pique Your Interest

  I gave a talk last night to a terrific group of parents at an area school. I really liked a few of the questions they raised as they illuminated some interesting…

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Financial Education for Kids: The Grow Jar

  When your kid hits her tween years, it might be time to incorporate a Grow jar to go along with your Share, Save and Spend Smart jars. It’s time…

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A Strategy to Minimize Impulse Purchases

  “Delaying consumption does not drive people to unmitigated self-denial. Rather, it drives them to maximize their happiness, whatever form that takes.” from Happy Money   Two big themes in…

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Kids Do What We Do: Restraint and Financial Education for Kids

  “We are NOT living in a 300-square-foot apartment,” noted my wife this morning. “Of course not, honey,” I noted. “That was for a couple. We’ll need 600 for our…