Thursday, March 26, 2015

Financial Literacy Month - April 2015

April is National Financial Literacy Month.  In celebration I will be having a store-wide sale at TPT, as well as weekly specials and freebies. Check back often for updates. Meanwhile, get your students warmed up with this FREE lesson – Financial Freedom, Family and Dreams.

Financial Freedom, Family and Dreams


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Link to my store: Personal Finance for Teens Unleashed

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Answers to College Questions

Answers to College Questions
Need help comparing colleges to find the right fit?
Check out the U.S. Department of Education’s College Affordability and Transparency Center. Search for and compare colleges on all sorts of criteria including costs, majors offered, size of school, campus safety, and graduation rates.  This site also includes a price calculator to help you estimate how much college will cost after scholarships and grants.
Another helpful site is The College Board. Their interactive, on-line guide offers step-by-step help researching colleges.
Wondering how much your dream college will cost?
Find out at CNNMoney.  Enter a school name and begin your research.
Need a little help filling out that college application?

Review this info-graph from College Choice that covers the dos and don’ts of filling out college applications.
Looking for financial aid and scholarships?
Visit College Choice.  They provide information on the top 50 college scholarships including the Gates Millennium scholarship which pays full tuition and room and board.

The College Board also provides information on scholarships, financial aid and internships from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.


If you need help filling out the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) visit Federal Student Aid for some helpful tips.

College-bound and looking for budgeting apps that help you manage your money?

In this article at ParentsCountdown to College Coach, Suzanne Shaffer reviews 10 budgeting apps that help college-bound students manage their money. 

Is all that college debt really worth it?

Worried about college debt?  Read this article from College Choice that reviews the advantages of a college education.

Visit me on Twitter for more interesting articles - @financeunleash

And at my TPT store for personal finance lessons designed especially for teens.

Friday, January 30, 2015

Super Bowl Sunday Sale

A Super Bowl Sunday Sale you just can’t PASS UP!

I'm very excited to announce a Super Bowl Sale! I haven't had a sale in some time so I hope you all enjoy some savings.

Sale Dates: February 1, 2 and 3 (Sunday, Monday and Tuesday).

Discount: 20% OFF

Below are some of my top selling lessons.

Also check out these freebies:

 Financial Freedom, Family and Dreams

Money Talkz for Middle School (Sample Pack)

Money Talks for Kidz (Sample Pack)

Mark your calendars for Super Bowl Sunday!
Personal Finance for Teens Unleashed

Monday, January 19, 2015

Martin Luther King's call for Financial Freedom

Martin Luther King’s call for Financial Freedom

Dr. King’s call for freedom meant financial freedom too.  Check out this article by Lynnette Khalfani-Cox in EBONY magazine that outlines Dr. King’s lessons on financial freedom.

This is a quote from the article that I found particularly inspiring.
King said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven composed music or Shakespeare wrote poetry. He should sweep streets so well that all the hosts of heaven and earth will pause to say, ‘Here lived a great street sweeper who did his job well.’”
 Read more at EBONY

Also check out, Martin Luther King’s Financial Dream, an interesting article written by Dan Caplinger for Motley Fool.  He discusses the recent debate on economic fairness in relationship to the economic and financial aspect of Mr. King’s dream.

Be Inspired...

Monday, January 12, 2015

2015 National Economics Challenge

Looking for a Challenge for your Students?

Check out the 2015 National Economics Challenge and the White House's Film Festival Competition

2015 National Economics Challenge
Do you have a team of 4 students that would like to participate in the National Economics Challenge hosted by the Council for Economic Education? Find entry information by following this link: Read more...
Second White House Student Film Festival (2015)
Are there any up-and-coming filmmakers in your class?  If so, check out the second White House Student Film Festival. The theme of the festival this year is “The impact of giving back”. It is open to U.S. students grades K-12. Submissions will be accepted through February 2, 2015.  Read more...
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Friday, January 9, 2015

Tips on Buying and Financing a Car

Tips on Buying and Financing a Car

Rob Infantino ( has some great tips for anyone looking to buy a new car in his article, 8 Things You Need to Know Before Buying a New Car.

Some of his key points include: Doing your homework can save you money; there is wiggle room built into every vehicles’ price; buying a car should never be an impulse buy and don’t wait until you are desperate to start shopping for a car. Read more...

The Federal Trade Commission – Consumer Information site also offers some great information on buying a new car.

Some of their key tips include: Do your research to avoid being pressured into making a hasty decision; financing your car with the dealer may not be the best deal you can get; discuss the possibility of a trade-in only after you’ve negotiated the best possible price for your new car and after you’ve researched the value of your old car and know the vocabulary when negotiating the cost of a car. Read more...

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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Micro Investing - A Question for Teens

 Here is an interesting micro investing concept that you might like to discuss with your students, it is called ACORNS.
Acorns co-founders Walter and Jeff Cruttenden have created a smart phone app which allows people to round up purchases and automatically invest spare change into a diversified portfolio. This app might change the way many of us invest.
A question for students to discuss might be: In light of all the stores that have been hacked into recently, how safe is this app? And would they consider using it as a way to invest – what are the pros and what are the cons?
Click on the links below for videos and news stories on ACORNS...

Spare Change Drive you Nuts? Trythe “Acorn”App
Source: Trish Regan and Matt Miller (Bloomberg Television’s “Street Smart”)

Turn Spare Change into Big Bucks
Source: Hadley Malcolm (USA Today Young Money)

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