I thought I would go ahead and add this review and giveaway now as we will be traveling the next couple of days, and I am not sure of having internet availability. This review is from Money Savvy Generation (Helping Kids Get Smart About Money)
I have to tell you I stumbled on this company while on the internet and wrote them regarding a review and giveaway. I was interested by what I saw on their website, but since seeing the Money Savvy Pig and the Cash Cache, A Beginning Personal Finance Organizer, I am now impressed. I have noticed and I am sure others have too, that our youth of today oftentimes have little knowledge of how to handle finances. We have become a very credit oriented society. I want my children to know how to budget their money, plan ahead with their finances, and know how to save and invest. Money Savvy Generation has many items to help instill some of this knowledge in your child.
Both of these items would be great for any child, but I especially recommend them to homeschoolers. Money Savvy Pig is divided into 4 sections: save, spend, donate, and invest; each a separate compartment with openings in each foot when it comes time to remove the money. Each section has a spot for a little label to add so you can individualize them for each child. Money Savvy Pig comes in six color choices, and they carry a cow and football bank. This is recommended for ages 4-11. They also have a program you can use at home called Money Savvy Kids @ Home .
I was able to review the Cash Cache too. This is for children ages12-16. My husband likes this so much that he wants to order 2 more for our other children. This binder includes a handbook on how to use the Cash Cache, small pockets inside to hold bankcards etc., 4 zippered pockets labeled Save, Invest, Spend, and Donate, Goal Sheets, Spending Diary for the Week, along with a few others. There is a combination lock to close the binder.
We are presently working with these two items, but as I said plan on acquiring a couple more. These products would be great to teach any child about their finances. Please visit the company and check out their other products and information they have available, like the Money Savvy U.
Here is a little information from their site:
"I am Susan Beacham and I have a dream. I am the mother of two girls. I was also a private banker, who repeatedly saw in my professional life how painful and difficult it was for my adult clients to deal with even the most basic concepts of personal finance. In 1999 I decided to do something about this and co-founded Money Savvy Generation with my husband, Michael.
My dream is to teach money management basics to elementary school aged children, a segment of our educational system virtually untouched because of the perceived complexity of the subject matter. Stated differently, I wanted to get "out in front" of money management behavior before bad habits set in. To start to make my dream come true I went into my local schools on a volunteer basis to teach my "Mrs. Money Talks Money" eight week curriculum. Armed with my Money Savvy Pig and motivating experiences with these school children, along with the responsibility I felt toward my own children, the Money Savvy Kids Basic Personal Finance Curriculum came into existence.
We have taken the time and made the effort in the development phase of our products to optimize them. Optimization is not just about making sure something "works" right, but also making sure our products touch kids emotionally and change their behavior. We started as, we remain, and we will always be a mission driven company.
In the years since I first taught this on a volunteer basis we have grown as a company. We're still family owned, but our reach has increased significantly. The Money Savvy Pig has been distributed around the globe and the Money Savvy Kids Basic Personal Finance Curriculum is now taught in one or more districts in 26 states. The Money Savvy Pig is sold to parents and other adults with a special child in their lives in all 50 states and Canada. My dream is becoming reality, but Money Savvy Generation has only scratched the surface. If you share my dream, we would welcome the opportunity to partner with you in helping kids get smart about money."
I enjoyed sharing the Money Savvy Pig At the Fence.
The best news is yet to come though. One neighbor will win their own Money Savvy Pig. Just follow the directions.
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DISCLOSURE: I did not receive any Monetary Compensation for this review. I did receive product to review. All quotes are taken from the Money Savvy Generation Website. All thoughts and opinions are mine.