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Financial security for tomorrow starts today.

Read more about 'Money Talk' with your kids and how to help them become money smart.

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new iconIt's April, which means, flowers, sunshine and of course, Financial Literacy Month! Our sister website, TheMintGrad, asked three financial experts to tell us about what they see as the biggest financial mistakes made by young millennials. As kids grow up and families get older young millennials need tools and guidance to get them through what can be a few financially turbulent years. Read what these experts had to say…. + more

Check out our blog in the Pointers for Parents section.

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Setting financial goals isn't easy, especially for college students and recent grads. So we've added a tab to help young adults prepare for financial independence.
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for parents

for teachersShare your success stories and photos of lessons that worked. Visit us for lesson planning ideas and other teaching tips to get ready for next year. + share

Did you Know?

Making a big purchase? Do your research at the library and online to make sure you are getting the best price.

The U.S. Treasury says that Americans hold about $15 billion in loose change.

When you buy a stock in a company you become a shareholder, and own a 'part' of that company.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has 118 grooves, according to the U.S. Mint.

Bring food and drinks from home for after sports practice and you'll save money!

When you're shopping, avoid impulse purchasing. Make a list. It an item's not on the list, don't buy it.

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollack.

Despite the New York Stock Exchange's notoriety, it was not the first stock exchange in the United States.

If you had ten billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would take 317 to go broke.

There are many ways to help others: you can give money, your time and energy or items you no longer use.

The word budget comes from the French "bougette", a little bag.

It may seem silly to buy a winter coat in August, but you can save a lot by purchasing off-season items online.

Keep a money diary that tracks what you save and spend. It will tell you about when, why, and how you use money.

Tired of old electronic games? Trade them in for different games at a video/game exchange center.

When you use a debit card, money comes out of your account immediately. It's like cash, not like a credit card.

You can save a lot of money on magazines and books by visiting your local library.

Coins usually survive in circulation for about 30 years and a one dollar bill usually lasts for about 18 months.

Looking for some low cost activities for your family? Check out the community calendar at the local library.

Martha Washington is the only women whose portrait has appeared on U.S. currency.

Almost half, 48 percent, of the notes printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing are $1 bills.

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Just for Moms

Tax time is here! It's not too soon to get your papers in order with our tips.

Just for Moms

Three Golden Money Rules

April is around the corner and that means it is time to celebrate National Financial Literacy Month! This is a great opportunity to teach (or remind) your kids about the three core principles of money management that will have value for a lifetime!

1. You can't spend what you don't have
Learning to wait for what you want is a hard lesson at any age, but one that will keep your kids out of future debt. Set savings goals and work with your child to budget a certain amount of allowance towards that goal.

2. The small things add up
While the words 'compounding interest' may be a bit complicated to understand, the underlying concept of "even small things add up" can be easily communicated. Reward your child with an extra quarter for every week they don't take money out of their piggy bank.

3. Be a smart shopper
Understanding the value of money and the importance of thinking before spending is integral to sound financial judgment. One fun way to get this message across is to play a bargain hunting game when food shopping. Have your kids scour the shelves for certain items to find the lowest price and if you opt for something more costly, explain your why (e.g., size, quality, other specific attributes).