May 23, 2017

Financial Literacy School Year Wrap-Up

The school year is winding down and the summer months are approaching, which means it is time to work with your students to review all the major units from the academic year and build your end-of-year assessments. In this post we will offer strategies for testing your students’ financial literacy knowledge and tips to make brushing up on financial literacy knowledge fun and rewarding for everyone in the class. Read more

February 21, 2017

What Mardi Gras Can Teach Students About Finance

Mardi Gras, also known as Shrove Tuesday or more commonly Fat Tuesday, is a carnival celebration associated with eating rich and fatty foods. This time of gluttony and celebration presents the perfect opportunity for students to reflect on spending and splurges in their own financial lives. Here’s some tips for students to celebrate on a budget and focus on financial responsibility after the parades have ended, beads have been thrown and one lucky partygoer has found the baby in the king cake. Read more

February 13, 2017

Tips for Planning Valentine’s Day on a Budget

Valentine’s Day will be here before you know it. As stores fill with candy, stuffed animals and flowers, many people feel the pressure to spend significant amounts of money in order to impress their significant other. For high school students who may be in their first relationship, the pressure can be even stronger.
Why not use the approaching holiday as an opportunity to teach your students about financial literacy? The following tips will help you demonstrate why a little thoughtful planning can go a long way when it comes to making Valentine’s gesture with a limited budget. Read more

February 13, 2017

How to Keep Financial New Year’s Resolutions

One month into the New Year, more than half of the students who toasted to a yearlong goal on January 1 have given up on their resolution. In fact, just 8% of people keep their New Year’s Resolutions. Last month on the blog we shared A Financial Literacy Fresh Start offering tips to share with students to start the New Year financially fit. As we move through February, here are common resolutions to pick back up as you help your students reaffirm their commitment to financial literacy and smart budgeting for the remainder of the year. Read more

January 20, 2017

2017: A Financial Literacy Fresh Start

2017: A Financial Literacy Fresh Start

After the toasts and the festivities of New Year’s Eve have wound down, it’s time to make some resolutions for the fresh year ahead. To kick off 2017, below are some tips you can share with your students to start them off on the right financial foot in the New Year. They also make for a great and engaging lesson plan! Read more

December 12, 2016

Building a Winter Break Budget

For high school and college students, the holiday season brings exams, followed by a long, leisurely break from classes. While time away from schoolwork and a chance to spend more time with family, friends and a cup of hot chocolate is a welcome change for most students, from a budget perspective winter break can put a strain on the wallet. With gift-giving and cold-weather activities, many people spend more than they are used to in December. Read more