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Books Help Children Learn About Finances

April 2002 is National Financial Literacy for Youth Month

RELEASE: March 2002
CONTACT: Paul S. Richard, ICFE Executive Director

San Diego, CA.  There are several books available to help children learn about finances, and the nonprofit Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE), based in San Diego, CA reviewed and selected six financial education books designed for young people. These selected books add a new dimension to the scope of financial learning, making it fun for children as they learn and follow some of the activities They are:

The Peanut Butter and Jelly Game Ages 4-8. This book for children was written by Adam Eisenson. It is a wonderfully illustrated concept story book for young people who have the urge to spend all of their money or allowance the moment it is received. This hardcover, gift-edition explains the principles of sharing, good spending and saving in a fun sort of way to youngsters. $15.95 plus $4 p&h.

Letia Young's 'Money Book For Kids' Ages 6-11. (3-ring binder) This is a fun book that will help youngsters keep on top of their money, including how much they get in allowances and earnings, how much they spend and how much they save. The book is divided into: 'Giving, Spending, Savings: Short-term and Savings: Long-term. There are different colored tabs and pouches for keeping receipts and passbooks, plus there are worksheets for tracking spending and savings. There are detailed instructions and tips for kids on how to earn some money. $19.95 plus $3 p&h.

"Better Than A Lemonade $tand" Ages 8-14. Written by (then) fifteen year old Daryl Bernstein, who believes and has proven that young people can make money in business, because he has been doing just that since age 8. He describes for young readers over 50 of his favorite small business ideas that are easy to launch and require little or no start-up costs. As a kid speaking to kids, Daryl tells kids what they really want to know about their own lemonade stand or other money making concepts. $9.95 plus $2 p&h.

Letia Young's 'Money Book For Young Adults' Ages 12-17 (3-ring binder) This practical book helps teenagers plan, budget and keep track of their money. The four major sections of the book are divided into: 'Giving, Spending, Savings: Short-term and Savings: Long-term. There are different colored tabs, pouches and worksheets for tracking spending and savings. Young readers will also learn how plan their own finances in advance. $19.95 plus $3 p&h.

'Smart Startz' A Financial Education Program for Young People. Ages 12 and up. Teaching money management skills for life is what these four booklets accomplish. Author Jim Garnett, an educational coordinator for Iowa's largest credit counseling agency, designed this collection of self-help financial booklets, based on real life experiences. The set includes: (1) 'Tackling A Teen Budget In Four Simple Steps' (2) What Every Teen Should Know About Credit Cards' (3) 'Going To College Without Going Broke' and (4) 'How To Have Money With The Money You Have.' Set of 4 booklets $19.95 plus $3 p&h. Individual booklets also available at $6 plus $1 p&h.

'Please Send Money' Ages 18 and older. This financial survival guide for young adults on their own is written by the National Jump$tart Coalition For Personal Financial Literacy Youth's executive director, Dara Duguay. This book provides students and young people with the tools they need to navigate the tumultuous world of personal finance. It is filled with many real-life stories that expose common financial mistakes often made. Advise is offered on credit cards, managing car payments and much more. $16.95 plus $3 p&h.

All the above mentioned books are available for purchase from the ICFE on its Web site at: Or ordering by phone at 619-239-1401 or by mail at: ICFE Resource Center PO Box 34070, San Diego, CA 92163-4070.

About the ICFE:

The Institute of Consumer Financial Education (ICFE), founded in 1982 by the late Loren Dunton - creator of the "certified financial planner” (CFP) designation - is dedicated to helping consumers of all ages to improve their spending, increase savings and use credit more wisely. The years between 1984 and 2000, the ICFE was also known as the National Center for Financial Education (NCFE).

The ICFE is a nonprofit consumer education organization that has helped millions of people through its education programs and Resources. Over one million "Credit / Debit Card Warning Labels” and "Credit / Debit Card Sleeves” are in circulation world wide.

The ICFE's on-line help for consumers who spend too much was featured in PARADE Magazine (June 9th, 2002) in the Intelligence Report section. The money helps and tips are from the "Money Instruction Book," a course in personal finance, which was completely revised and updated in 2002 and is positioned to become among the premier programs in the new bankruptcy and debtor education initiatives.

The ICFE's "Do-It-Yourself Credit File Correction Guide," now in its Twelfth Printing, is in use by thousands of consumer credit and debt counselors in addition to tens of thousands of consumers. It received a "buy” rating in July, August and November from nationally syndicated financial columnist, Humberto Cruz in his column, "The Savings Game". BottomLine Personal newsletter gave the Guide a "Send For” rating in September 2001. The ICFE and our do-it-yourself approach to credit file correction was featured on NBC Nightly News on 04-30-02. The Spanish edition of the Guide premiered in January 2002. Syndicated columnist, Robert Heady also gave the ICFE Guide a "buy” rating.

The ICFE Web site at: helps consumers with mending spending, learn about the proper use of credit, budget and expense guidelines, how to set up and implement a spending-plan and also access financial education courses and videos and how to teach children about money. Other ICFE services include a free eNews, and an on-line resource center of financial education learning tools, including videos, books and personal finance courses.

Consumers may learn more on the Internet about the "Do-It-Yourself Credit File Correction Guide" here, or fill out our request form, indicating your areas of interest.

For more information contact Paul S. Richard ICFE Executive Director at 619-239-1401.

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