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Seven Things Every College Student Should Know About Personal Finance

Christian Ackmann 218x300 Seven Things Every College Student Should Know About Personal FinanceBy Christian Ackmann, Economics concentrator at Brown University; Winner of the 2012 National Personal Finance Challenge.

You would be surprised to know the number of college students who don’t know how build their credit history, view their account balances, or even write a check.  College is usually the first time that students acquire independence, yet some students remain dependent on their parents’ financial support and advice.  Proper financial education in high school is necessary to gain financial independence in college.  During my first year of college, I have seen many financial mistakes made by my fellow students.  Here are some of the things I believe every college student should know about personal finance to make intelligent financial decisions.

1.  Credit
When I asked my fellow classmates which financial topics they wished they knew more about, the unanimous answer was credit.  For many college students, credit cards are a thing of mystery.  They are magical pieces of plastic that somehow pay for pizza and gasoline using money from their parents.  The first step to establishing a solid credit history is understanding how credit works.  Once students understand the importance of credit, it can be very helpful to have a credit card in the student’s name (not the parent’s name) to encourage responsibility.  Paying the credit card bill in full each month is an easy way to build a good credit history, not to mention the perks that many cards offer, such as cash back or air miles (which are especially applicable to college students living away from home). Read more…

POSTED: April 20, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Council for Economic Education Introduces K-12 National Standards for Financial Literacy

The Council for Economic Education (CEE) is pleased to introduce the National Standards for Financial Literacy, a framework for the body of knowledge and skills that should be contained in a K-12 personal finance curriculum. Developed by a team of experienced and talented economists, education specialists at Federal Reserve banks, and financial education researchers, the National Standards for Financial Literacy raise the bar for financial literacy education.

The standards contain the six areas of knowledge and understanding that are fundamental to personal finance: Earning Income; Buying Goods and Services; Using Credit; Saving; Financial Investing; and Protecting and Insuring.  Each standard emphasizes decision-making skills by explicitly relating planning and goal setting, financial decision-making, and assessing outcomes to each standard. Through the standards, students learn how their personal situations and preferences affect their financial decision making, while beginning to understand the trade-offs inherent in every choice they make.  In the end, more informed choices lead to better choices as well as greater satisfaction with the choices that are made. Read more…

POSTED: April 16, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , , , , , ,

We can do better than this. Our children need financial literacy.

Lynn Fitch We can do better than this. Our children need financial literacy.By State Treasurer of Mississippi Lynn Fitch.

On my way to make a speech recently, I made a quick stop at a local convenience store to grab a diet coke.  “That will be $2.28,” the young girl smiled.  As I handed her three $1 bills, the cash register chirped and the drawer popped open.  She reached for my change. “Oh wait,” I said, “I have three pennies.”  Her pleasant smile quickly faded and was replaced with a blank stare into the cash drawer. “Um…..hmmm…..uh…..so…..I’m not sure what to do,” she said in a confused, sheepish tone.

It’s unfortunate that many of our young people can’t count change or do the math.  We must give them the financial skill set and tools to succeed in life so they don’t have to learn the hard way.  We must create financial freedom for our children. Read more…

POSTED: April 4, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , , , ,

10 Ways to Save $100 During America Saves Week

By Meg Favreau, Senior Editor of personal finance blog Wise Bread.

Money is like a cake. When you get that delicious dessert, it can be tempting to eat it all at once. But if you do, you’ll end up with a stomachache, that sugarcoated feeling on your teeth, and perhaps most importantly – no cake for later.

Similarly, if you spend all of your money, you’ll probably end up regretting your splurges – and wishing you had some funds sitting in the bank.

Often, savings strategies are obvious – you set a big piece of cake aside, and it’s there waiting for you. But sometimes, it’s the little things that make that cake disappear. I’m reminded of the time my childhood friend Mike held a cake on his lap while we were driving home. He took fingerful after fingerful of frosting – and when we got home, Mike discovered that he had completely defrosted the cake without realizing it. Read more…

POSTED: February 26, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,

This America Saves Week: Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically.

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Manager.
The theme for America Saves Week 2013 is more than just a theme; it’s is the essence of a sound approach to savings, designed to help individuals take financial action. Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. Knowing what you want to save for, how to achieve it, and then making the savings process automatic will allow you to reach your savings goal.

Set a Goal

You can save more by having a goal in mind. Visualizing what you want to save for gives your savings a purpose. You may be tempted to withdraw from your savings if it has no purpose. But once you have a goal in place, you know that taking money out of your savings is taking away from that ultimate goal. So what are you saving for? An emergency fund, a home, retirement, a car? Read more…

POSTED: February 25, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , , ,

5 Easy Ways to Get Involved in America Saves Week and Save Successfully

By Katie Bryan, America Saves Communications Manager.

America Saves Week February 25 – March 2, 2013 is chance for individuals to assess their own saving status and take financial action. Studies reveal that having a savings plan with specific goals can have beneficial financial effects, even for lower-income families.

Here are 5 easy ways to get involved in America Saves Week:

Take the America Saves Pledge Read more…

POSTED: February 18, 2013 | BY: admin | TAGS: , , , ,

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