- Cullman, Alabama


January 30, 2013

FINANCE FOR KIDS: Why money matters


Learn more about money

Check out these Web sites, apps and books for financial facts and fun for you. (There's also a good book on this list for your parents.) Always ask a parent before going online.

Web sites

— Disney's Great Piggy Bank Adventure. Collect coins and work toward savings goals on this colorful Web site. Mini games have you trying to outsmart a wolf who wants to steal your coins.

— The Mint. Kid-friendly information on money, including ways to earn, spend, save and give it away. Take a quiz to find out "The Truth About Millionaires." (Hint: Most millionaires aren't professional athletes or actors.)

— PBS Kids: It's My Life. Get advice on earning, spending and saving money. Play the Mad Money budgeting game to see if you can afford the things you need and those you want.


— Green$treets: Unleash the Loot! This app lets kids earn pretend money by cleaning up toys and the garden. Decide how much to save and spend. For iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Available in the iTunes store. Free.

— Save! The Game. This app is a race to collect coins and put them in a piggy bank while avoiding the iWannas, creatures that will steal cash. For iPod Touch, iPhone and iPad. Available in the iTunes store. Free.


— "Money Doesn't Grow on Trees" by Neale S. Godfrey. $14.99. 176 pages. Parents can look for more tips on helping kids understand savings and budgeting.

— "National Geographic Kids Everything Money" by Kathy Furgang. Ages 7 to 12. $12.95. 64 pages. Learn about the history of money, what it looks like in different countries, how it's made and other fun facts in this colorful book.

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