Money and finance resources for kids

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In a Nutshell

Kids can learn all about money and personal finance by playing games, watching videos and doing activities. We’ve compiled some of our favorite resources from across the web to help kids better understand the basics of money and economics.
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You’ve probably watched your parents manage their money as they take care of your family.

Adults have to work to earn money. They then use this money to buy the things that your family needs and wants. The things your family needs include food, shelter, clothing and medicine. The things people might want include toys, movies, and other things that make life nicer but aren’t absolutely necessary.

As you get older, you’ll have opportunities to make and manage money, too. It’s important to learn about money and economics so you’ll be ready to handle your money responsibly when the time comes. Many people make budgets to ensure they’ll have enough money to pay for things they need and things they want. A budget can also help you save money, which is important for your future. You can learn all about money and finance by playing games, watching videos and doing fun activities. We’ve compiled some of our favorites below.

Personal finance basics

Managing your money responsibly is very important if you want it to last. You might have a great job and earn a lot of money, but if you don’t know how to manage your money you might spend too much and have nothing left to save. Setting a budget for yourself and following it will help you spend wisely and save money, too. Here are some resources to help get you started.

Counting money and currency

Money has been used to help people trade goods for thousands of years. Different countries have their own currencies that people use to buy and sell items. Currency includes coins and bills, and it also includes money spent with credit cards and even electronic bits that you have to transfer with a computer. Knowing about all of the different kinds of money and its history will help you understand it better so that you can manage it more effectively.

More money math

An important part of being able to manage your money is understanding how to add and subtract it. This involves knowing the values of coins and bills, how to add them up and how to use money to buy things. In time, you might also need to understand more difficult types of money math, such as calculating the interest charged on a loan.

Economics basics

“Economics” might sound like a big word, but it’s really just the study of how a society uses its wealth and resources. Economics affects how a country or society functions in the world. As a field of study, it seeks to understand how goods are bought and sold, and what rules are (or should be) in place to protect shoppers and businesses.

Here are some educational resources to help you better understand economics and related concepts like credit and investing.

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