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Morning Money Matters: Games to make your kids money-smart

August 13, 2010; News 12 This Morning

It's hard enough to balance your own budget, but perhaps it's even more difficult to teach your kids how to do it. How on earth can you make this sort of thing fun? This morning, I've come across a way to keep your kids interested. Instead of learning, they'll feel like they are playing.

Savings Quest is a computer game that gets your kids ready for the real world. They build a character and give that character a job. They get a paycheck and have to set a savings goal. Just like real life, on the way to that goal, they get some unexpected expenses thrown at them. (Doesn't that always seem to happen at the worst times?)

There's also Money Instructor. It has lots of ideas about games to play with your kids to teach them about money.
Most involve things you already have around the house, like cards or dice.

Both Money Instructor and Savings Quest are free, but the lessons they could teach your little ones are priceless. I've linked you to both sites below if you want to check them out. Teaching your kids this stuff now...just makes "cents." is happy to provide a forum for commenting and discussion. Please respect and abide by the house rules:

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