Tales from Towne: Investing Ideas for Kids

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If you ask a kiddo what investing means, they’ll probably give you a blank stare.  In fact, many adults will do the same!  However, knowing what investing is and how it works can help your children successfully navigate the financial world as adults.  Here are some ideas to help! Young children can start by learning what it means to work …

Five Tips for Helping Kids Learn Money Smarts This Summer

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If you’re a parent, you’re probably hoping to make the most of summer by including both fun and learning in your plans!  Young Americans wants to our ideas for how you can help your kiddo learn money smarts this summer. Tip 1: Sidewalk Stand The old-fashioned lemonade stand is a great way for kiddos to get a taste of business. …

AmeriTowne Alum Now a Parent Volunteer

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When you hear that Young AmeriTowne has been in existence since 1990 or that it has reached more than 422,000 young people, it’s hard to fully comprehend the impact of the program.  So, while working in AmeriTowne at Belmar last week, I was thrilled to witness first-hand what 26 years of AmeriTowne means–the program is now reaching a second generation of youth. I met …

Second Saturdays Are Back

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Our popular and unique Second Saturday classes are back this fall.  Each month, we host scores of young bank customers and AmeriTowne alums to teach them the next step in their personal finance. Classes are one hour long and focus on great lessons for youth ages 3 to 8.  The youngest class attendees get to play Coin Carnival, a fun …

Sara Says: Spend, Save, and Share

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If you’ve ever seen a budget, you know all those categories can be intimidating to some people, especially children. On the other hand, you probably know how important they are to financial health. As a parent, you try to instill positive habits in your child that will lead to successful adulthood, right? Learning to budget money and save for the …

Sara Says: Values Matter – Especially Around Money

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Ask a high school student what they want their life to look like in twenty years and what response do you get? Probably a blank stare and “uhhh…” Teaching teens about values and how to live a life that aligns with those values is vitally important but, doesn’t get much attention in schools. I’ve had the opportunity to work with …

April: Classes and Celebrations

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April is Financial Literacy Month, which means it’s always really busy around Young Americans.  We have so  many fun and exciting ways to get involved at our building and to take the lessons home with you.  Although everything is free, many of these events are first-come first-serve, so be sure to register with the links provided.  As always, if you …

Sara Says: You Can Teach ALL Kids Great Money Habits (Even If Yours Aren’t)

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I’m going to start with a disclaimer on this one: Personal finances are personal! Moral and legal principles prevent me from giving you specific financial advice. I can, however, refer you to a financial planner if you’re interested. Now that I’ve gotten that out of the way, let’s get down to business. You don’t have to be perfect to be …

Sara Says: It’s Never Too Early to Start an Allowance

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January:  the most optimistic time of year. When resolutions are actually observed, we don’t have every weekend booked for the foreseeable future, and all of us have a whole year to rest before the next holiday season. Yes, this is a good month. Except for the fact that the bills keep coming, that is. Also, tax season is well on …

Ask Amy: What Are the Best Ages to Introduce Different Money Concepts?

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As all parents know, every child learns at a different pace. However, there are suggested ages for when children should learn to walk, talk, count, and spell Personal finance is no different. There are lots of concepts to grasp, and it can be difficult to know when a child is ready to tackle one. It’s important to remember that young …