Ask Amy: How Do I Budget with My Kids?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. A budget is one of the most important tools individuals and families can have to guide their money use and financial conversations. So often, parents are caught up in the daily grind of work, whipping up meals, taking kids to activities, and ensuring …

Ask Amy: What Are the Best Money Apps for Kids?

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This post is made possible through the generous support of Great-West Great-Teachers, a program of Great-West Financial. With teens constantly tapping away on their smart phones and little ones begging for access to parents’ iPads, the question arises: what are some engaging, appropriate, and educational apps for my kids?  Watch this short video below as I suggest two of my …

Do You Need It? Or Just Want It?

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Each month, we take one financial concept and dive in deep.  We offer resources, activities and worksheets to help reinforce that concept.  In May, we’re talking about the difference between needs and wants. For most young children, parents take care of the basic necessities of life.  Kids are fed, clothed, and have a place to live.  When the basics are …

Exploring Our Monetary System

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On Monday, members of the Youth Advisory Board took a trip to the Federal Reserve and the Denver Mint.  This trip is a yearly tradition with the Youth Board, and an exciting one for all who attend. The Fed The morning started off with the group carpooling to the Federal Reserve.  After watching a short video on the Federal Reserve …

10 Reasons More Classrooms Need Personal Financial Literacy Lessons

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The nation dedicates the month of April to promoting financial literacy. Financial institutions across the country are offering short quizzes, providing resources, and drawing attention to the need for widespread money lessons in schools. Some parents may be asking, “With all the concepts that teachers have to focus on – math, geography, history and more – why should personal financial …

April Showers Bring…Lots of Financial Activities!

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April is always a busy time around Young Americans. Why?  It’s Financial Literacy Month! Every year we plan dozens of activities, host a variety of classes, and offer presentations in scores of classrooms around Denver.  Here’s a quick run-down of the event highlights you can look forward to during April.  Will you join us for all of them? iPod Shuffle …

From Candy to Concept

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It starts with candy… A trip to Young Americans Bank involves many things for a young customer: making a transaction, grabbing a piece of candy, learning a new money fact, getting a Passbook stamped, and probably taking a pull on the money weights. Talking to your kids about money while in the bank is easy. It gets a lot harder …