Review of Best Money Games for Kids

Looking for the best money games for kids? I’ve personally reviewed dozens of fun money games and financial literacy board games for beginners, and am talking about my favorites below.

I set out to find the best money games for kids by reaching out to dozens of retailers and asking them to send what they’ve got.

And you know what I found? There’re quite a few golden nuggets out there that will teach your kids about money in a fun way — working with money games.

Let’s look at the criteria I used when coming up with this list before we dive into it.

Fun Money Board Games – Criteria for Making this Best Money Games for Kids List

Wondering how I chose which money games for kids to include? I’m glad you asked!

Well, first off, I had to physically play with the money game. I mean, how else would I know if it was any good or not? You can only glean so much information off of a website.

While playing with these games, I specifically was looking for the following things:

  1. Fun Factor: My brand, Money Prodigy, is ALL ABOUT putting fun + money education in the same sentence. So, this was a huge factor for me. Was the game actually something a child would have fun playing with or without their family?
  2. Educational Factor: Is there at least one money lesson to be had from playing the game, or is the game merely a fake storefront for money education?
  3. Ability to Learn Solid Money Lessons (without Total Overwhelm): I wanted there to be several core money lessons, but without overwhelming someone. I mean, I’m of the impression that it’s better to master 1-2 money skills at a time, and then move onto others. So, the best money games for kids were ones where you could focus on a small number of money skills at a time. And then another round of the game? You might pick up on something else.

And let me tell you, not every game I reviewed made the cut into this blog post.

Pssst: Do you have a money game for kids and would like me to test it out for possible inclusion in this post? Get in touch through my contact form.

FYI: these are in no particular order, but I have categorized them roughly by the money lessons they focus on.

Category #1: Coin Counting Games for Kids + Money Math Games

Included here are money games geared towards teaching kids how to count, and how to complete money math problems.

Best Money Games for Kids #1: Money Bags – A Crazy Coin Counting Game

Suggested Age Range: 7+ years
Players: 2-4 players

The coin money included in this game is pretty lifelike! I like that a lot – it even sounds a bit like change when you drop it. I’m sure you can use it in other places as well, such as with a cash register, or playing store.

While the player with the most money at the end wins, this game is really not about accumulating money. The actual money lesson here is how to count coins and make change.

This game really tests their knowledge of being able to count/make change because on many spins, you have to take money from the bank without using a certain coin. For example, you might have earned $0.40, but you need to be paid out without using any nickels.

Periodically, a player will land on the Change it Up! Space, which means they need to exchange their coins of lesser values in for coins of greater value.

Best Money Games for Kids #2: Quick Pix Money

Suggested Age Range: 7+ years
Players: 2-6

If you’re getting tired of UNO or Go Fish for card games, then check out this one – not only is it fun and as fast-paced as your kids are ready for, but it also teaches coin recognition and money math!

There are two separate decks – an “Answer” deck and a “Problem” deck. Each player receives 5 cards from the “Answer” deck, and a Problem card is turned over every turn. Players race to be the first one to put an Answer to the Problem. An example is a Problem card has an image of 4 quarters on it. The first person to put their $1 Answer on top of it takes the card. The winner is the first person to win five matched sets by correctly (and quickly) placing the right answer onto the problem card.

Of course, multiple players may have the right answer at the same time, so the quickest person to identify + place their correct answer card down will win the match!

Best Money Games for Kids #3: The Price is Right

Suggested Age Range: Whole family can get involved in some way
Players: 2+

Looking for free money games for kids?

Okay, okay – technically this one is a free group date created by The Dating Divas. But you know what? I think it would work perfectly for kids/family group date as well!

You’ll probably find it funny to see how much your kid thinks common household items cost at the store. What are they going to guess for a bottle of Advil? How about a can of Campbell’s Chicken Soup?

Each player gets their own card, and must estimate how much they think each product costs on the card. Then, you head on out to Walmart, Target, or do online shopping to find the actual products and record the real price. See who was closest, without going over!

What a fun way to add a little awareness into your kid’s lives about the cost of items they use every day. And you know what else? This could double as a great way to keep the kids engaged (re: occupied) during your next grocery store outing.

Now THAT will make the other shoppers turn and look when they hear the screaming!

Category #2: Learning to Save Money/Budget Games

This collection of money games for kids includes teaching core lessons of how to save money and how to budget money.

Best Money Games for Kids #4: Act Your Wage! Board Game

Suggested Age Range: 10 years+
Players: 2-4 players

What makes this game very interesting: not only is each player given a life persona that dictates the resources they've got throughout the play, but also everyone starts off in debt.

*womp, womp*. 

Players choose a “Life” card, and three “Debt” cards to begin the game. For my round, I was given the following:

  • $6,000 in student loan debt
  • $6,000 in student loan debt
  • $5,000 in business loan debt

Yikes! That's $17,000 in debt to start, which feels slightly overwhelming.

Pssst: However, it didn't feel as overwhelming as when I had my college exit interview with the financial aid department and found out I had around $36,000 in debt (all paid off, finally, in September 2010). 

And the “Life” I was given by this game was an engineer who makes $106,000/year, and is married with three kids. My paycheck is $4,100, our mortgage is $1,700, our utilities are $600 (that seems really high!), and our food cost is $500 (that seems a bit low for five kids).

Continuing to follow along with Dave's Total Money Makeover Plan (a great read, by the way – here's my own experience following parts of that plan in real life), each player is given $1,000 for their Emergency Fund, and an initial paycheck amount.

Then, it's up to each player to decide how to distribute their money obtained throughout the game between each of their envelopes (budget categories, such as Food, Utilities, and Mortgage/Rent). Along the way, players can also land on spaces where they'll have to pick a “Save”, “Give”, or “Dave Says” card (these are full of Dave-nuggets and “Stupid Taxes”) and they must follow what are on them.

The first person to pay off all their debts and yell “I'm Debt Free!” wins the game.

Best Money Games for Kids #5: The Allowance Game

Suggested Age Range: 5 – 11 years
Players: 2-4 players
Each child can play their own banker in this game, or you can choose one banker to do the transactions. Speaking of banking…I like how this game has your child earn interest on the money that they keep in the bank!

Allowance is $3.00 (each time you pass the “Home” space), and there are ample opportunities for your child to both earn more each turn — doing things like opening up a lemonade stand, washing the car, etc. — and ways for them to spend their money (like at the mall).

Ways to earn money and to spend it are very kid-friendly, meaning there's no real-world budgeting here. For example, receiving money for a birthday, receiving $1.00 for an improved report card, getting $1.00 for losing a tooth, or having to pay a $0.60 library fine, or literally losing $1.50 of your money. However, this means your younger child will be able to really relate to the options on the board.

The goal is for them to work their way around the board and earn enough money to get to $20. That's how you win!

Best Money Games for Kids #6: Cash Crunch Junior

Suggested Age Range: 5-12 years
Players: 1-4 players

This is a game created by a former Business Studies teacher, and you can tell he has experience working with kids by what he chose to include.

Like the game's scenarios that teach budgeting and saving money in a way that's very tailored to kid’s actual lives, and not to adult’s lives. For example, instead of “Expenses” cards that have bills kids can’t relate to very well – say paying electricity, or gym membership fees – it includes kid-level bills, such as getting docked your allowance pay because you didn’t pick up your room, and forgetting your lunch at home so having to buy one from the school cafeteria.

You should know that the board part of this game is made out of cloth. Still very educational, but I didn’t want you to be surprised that it’s not like a typical board game!

Best Money Games for Kids #7: Moneywise Kids

Suggested Age Range: 6-12 years
Players: 2 players

This is an award-winning Money Math Game that teaches kids money math as well as that bills are monthly through two different games:

  • Game 1 – Bill Maker: Each player takes a turn rolling the dice and collecting money (sounds nice so far, right?). During your turn, you then need to trade up your money to the highest denomination you can get. So, for example, if you have five $1-bills, then you can trade it in for a $5-bill. With two $5-bills, you trade them into the banker for a shiny $10-bill. The winner is the first person to work all the way up to a $100 bill first.
  • Game 2 – Bill Breaker: There are 6 markers that each player needs to purchase, with each marker being a bill of some sort (such as “A Place to Live,” “Something to Wear,” and “Medical Care,”) PLUS put $100 into your savings. The first person to do so, wins.

Bonus: Check out the back of your boards for concrete ways to make real-world connections to the monthly bills discussed in the Bill Breaker game.

Best Money Games for Kids #8: Budget – Real World Math

Suggested Age Range: 9 years+
Players: 2-4

Budget is a game all about, well, budgeting! Except this is budgeting with a twist — players have to determine how much they think they'll need to cover their budgetary expenses each time they pass Payday. And players who are accurate with their budget “predictions”, will actually earn a budget bonus.

But if there's not enough money in the budget they set aside to pay for everything before next payday? Then there's no budget bonus (I like how players can adjust their budgets every payday and essentially learn how to predict their expense needs better!).

The first player to reach $6,000 in net worth, wins.

Players start with $2,500 each, and a player can land on the following types of spaces: purchase options, earnings, or expenses.

FYI: this game touches on investing, as well. It gives players the ability to purchase investment options (Savings Bonds and Stocks), when they land on option spaces. Saving Bond owners will collect interest, and holders of stock will collect dividends, benefit from stock splits, and might even lose money when they have to sell shares that have fallen below the cost at which they purchased. Also, real world math (aside from the budgeting part) includes players figuring out probabilities of landing on certain spaces on the board.

Note: you'll need additional setup to play this game — it comes with a “Financial Record” sheet that you'll need to make a photocopy of for each round of play.

Category #3: Fun Financial Games to Learn Investing

Dying to teach your kid how to invest (but maybe not so confident on how to do so, or how to start)? Here are some board games to help, for both younger aged and older aged kids.

Best Money Games for Kids #9: CA$HFLOW for Kids

Suggested Age Range: 6+ years
2-6 players

If you’ve ever read Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad, Poor Dad book (an eye-opener, that’s for sure), then you’ll probably be excited to know he’s got a game that will teach your child some of those Rich Dad things.

Namely, to put as much money as you can towards building assets, and as least as possible towards creating continuous liabilities. Also, create passive income streams that exceed your expenses (first by a little, then by a lot!).

This game sets out to teach your younger children the relationship between their balance sheet, and their income statement. What that boils down to is this: you want to make sure your assets + passive income is greater than your liabilities + expenses.

I love how each player gets their own Financial Statement sheet in this game (that includes a side for the balance sheet, and a side for the income statement). Cards are divided up into three piles: assets, liabilities, and sunshine cards.

Just an example of a decision your child gets to make: to pay $500 cash for a video game system upfront, or to charge it and pay $100/month.

One kid gets to be banker, just like in Monopoly, and everyone starts the game out with $3,000. The winner is the first person to create passive income that is greater than their expenses.

Best Money Games for Kids #10: Bulls and Bears: The Game of Booms and Busts

Suggested Age Range: 13+ years
Players: 2-6

Is your child interested in the stock market? Perhaps Monopoly is a bit below their experience level?

This game takes stock market investing to a whole other level.

It’s so robust – think the complexity of Monopoly, but with the goal of teaching investing –that you might want to have your child review the free online guidebook provided by game-maker to get their investing sea-legs.

Some really interesting + priceless lessons built into this game:

  • Importance of Diversification: Player’s portfolios are assessed periodically by banks to make sure they’re diversified.
  • Current Events’ Influence on the Market: Stock purchase decisions are based on how they think the market will react to different news flashes (talk about great prep for investing in the real world!).
  • How to Calculate Net Worth: Having the players calculate their net worth (sum of all cash and investments minus any mortgage or other debts owed).
  • 3 Key Investments to Make for Long-Term Financial Security: Goal of the game is to acquire a net worth of $200,000 while owning these three key assets – a retirement plan, a home, and health/property insurance.

Category #4: Entrepreneurial Money Games

Finally, let’s discuss money games that help teach kids to become entrepreneurs.

Best Money Games for Kids #11: Lemonade Stand – Math Game

Suggested Age Range: 6+ years
Players: 2-4 players

This game touches on some entrepreneurial/business money lessons, such as that you can’t just open up a lemonade stand and expect to make money.

There are capital costs to start a lemonade stand in this game, just like in real business. Each player starts out with a $20 loan from the bank, and must pay $2 for their lemonade stand!

The goal of the game is to finish with the most money, but this is after each player pays back their $20 loan + $5 in interest.

Cards drawn throughout the game include a Grocery Store Card (dictates the cost of your supplies), My Selling Price (dictates what you can sell the lemonade for), etc.

Location (such as “sports field” and “neighborhood” also get chosen – how many cups of lemonade you can sell depends on where you’re located for that turn. Makes sense, right?

I think this would make an excellent supplement to a real-world lemonade stand you and your family set up. You can take the lessons learned in this game, and then apply them to your lemonade stand business plan to hopefully make more money!

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5 Money Activities for Kids to Involve them in Household Finances

I’ve got some great money activities for kids you can use to get your child participating in household finances (without telling them your salary).

If I had to order the top three things you can do to help your child learn to manage money, it would be this:

  1. Let them Handle Actual Money
  2. Model Good Money Strategy to Them
  3. Discuss Money with Them

Today, I want to talk about one method that will cover two of these three categories, and possibly even three.

It’s letting your child participate in your household’s finances.

And not just participate, but to contribute meaningfully to the money handling and managing in your house. The teaching  money activities I'm about to share will be doing just that.

Why You Want Your Child Involved in Household Finances

By involving your child in the household finances in meaningful ways – meaning in ways where their actions can have both positive and slightly negative consequences – you’re making the subject of money much easier to teach.

Kids care more about something when they know that it’s not a dress rehearsal. When they know that what they do matters. And when they can see the results from their own decision-making.

By involving your child in some of your household finances, you’ll both allow them to actually handle money, and model good money strategy to them (because you’ll be showing them what to do and how you do it in your household).

And you know what? This process will very likely bring up a few natural money conversations, which covers Category #3 above as well.

It’s a win-win-win.

How to Involve Your Child in the Household Finances

You don’t want to throw your child into the deep-end. Chances are, you were thrown into the deep-end of managing your own finances once you moved out from your parents, and many mothers have told me that that didn’t go so well.

Instead, you want to choose several money chores and money tasks your child can do to dip their toes into money management in your household.

These are like warm-ups for one day when they’ll be in charge of managing their own household’s finances.

Let me give you 5 ways you can meaningfully include your child in your household financial management.

Household Finance Task #1: Let them Tip a Waiter/Waitress

The next time you take your family out to eat in a sit-down setting, let one of your children tip the waitress.

Of course, you’ll need to gear them up to the process, as they likely don’t know very much about it.

Here’s an entire article about this teachable money moment.

In a nutshell, you want to prep them for the experience with some key conversations, such as why we tip in the U.S., what you consider good service vs. bad service, whether you tip pre-tax or post-tax, etc.

Once you do the prep with them, let them take control the next time you take your family out to dine in at a restaurant (provide as much oversight as you think is needed!).

Household Finance Task #2: Give them a Say Where Family Charitable Donations Go

You likely donate some money throughout the year, either in a formal way (say, 10% of your earnings), or on an ad-hoc basis (say, when you hear the Salvation Army bells around the holidays or see someone asking for money on the street corner).

Bring your child in on this act by allowing them to help you choose where part of the family’s money is going to go.

You’ll want to:

  • Come up with an amount of money that you would like to give away to a cause.
  • Decide if you want your child(ren) to have full discretion over where to donate all the money, or just part of the money. Perhaps it will be voted on by the whole family?
  • Ask them what causes interest them.
  • Include them in the research + brainstorming process. You’ll want to show them how to vet a charitable organization to make sure it’s a worthy one to funnel your hard-earned money through. Use a site like Charity Navigator to do this.

I’ve got a list of 9 kid-friendly charities they can donate to (“kid-friendly” because a small amount of money – under $12 – does some good with a tangible outcome your kids can latch onto).

Household Finance Task #3: Savings Account Shopping

Savings account interest rates are nowhere near what they were in my early 20s (a whole 5% back then!).

Still, I was very eager to switch our account at the end of last year after learning that I could get an interest rate that was over DOUBLE what my current one was.

Periodically, it makes sense to shop around to make sure that you’re getting close to the best savings account interest rate. You can show your child why they would want to do that (just put in an amount of money into this calculator, and show how much you’d earn at your current bank’s interest rate over the course of a year versus a higher one by adjusting the interest rate slider), as well as how to do the actual “shopping around”.

Household Finance Task #4: Set Up a Family Savings Goal

This has got to be one of my favorite ways to get your kids involved in household finances. Did I mention it’s also a brilliant way to model good money strategy (even if you don’t know if you’re capable of doing so)?

I’ve got an entire blog post dedicated to how to create a family savings goal, but in a nutshell, you’ll want to:

  • Invite your family into the process with a family meeting.
  • Together, choose a savings goal that will benefit each person of the family in some way.
  • Research how much this thing/experience/event will cost.
  • Brainstorm where you guys will source the money from.
  • Set up a visual savings tracker in a central location.
  • Spend the money to actually purchase the family goal!

Household Finance Task #5: Source Money

Your kids will likely love these – wait for their eyes to light up!

There are ways to source extra money from the things you already own, or from purchases you’ve already made.

Let your kids head up these two money-extraction processes:

  • Scan Receipts into this App: The CoinOut App pays you for each receipt that gets scanned in (denominations are around $0.01 – $0.22). You won’t get rich, but it’s worth it to put your kids to work making the most out of household resources.
  • Scrap Metal Cans: Your kids can be in charge of collecting all of your family’s scrap metal (cans, wire hangers, etc.) and organizing them to be taken to the scrap metal yard. Here’s an entire article about how to scrap metal for extra cash I wrote.

Household Finance Task #6: Electricity Czar

Have you ever heard of a kill-a-watt (this is the one I own)? It’s a handy-dandy gadget that let’s you measure the electricity usage of any appliance around the house (anything with a normal-looking plug).

They’re pretty fun – at least to money nerds such as myself (and probably your 10-year old).

Anyway, you can get one, and let your kid plug in each appliance to see how much electricity it uses per hour.

Once they figure that out, dig out an electricity bill, and see how much money you pay per kilowatt-hour (KWH).

Now, have them multiply the two to figure out how much one hour of use for that appliance is costing the household. Here’s detailed instructions for how to do this.

Household Finance Task #7: Find the Cheapest Gas

Your child can make a meaningful contribution to the household – something kiddos love – by being in charge of researching which gas station has the cheapest price.

Help them sign onto and look the costs up. Let them do this once a week or once a month to see how gas prices have changed, and if another station is cheaper.

Talk to them about how many miles away the gas station is, and if it’s an acceptable distance for the amount you’ll be saving.

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Chore Idea: How to Choose Chores to Help Your Child Grow

Looking for chore ideas? Before you get down to the nitty gritty of actually choosing your chores, let me show you how to choose chores that will help your child grow in 5 key ways.

You may be looking for chores for kids and wondering what types of age appropriate chores for kids you should choose.

And it’s a very valid question – in fact I think it’s so important to get guidance on, that I conducted an entire State of Kid’s Chores survey and had 179 mothers and fathers tell me what age appropriate chores they give their children.

But there’s more to this chore equation than picking “age appropriate chores for kids”.

A lot more.

And if you get it right? Then chores aren’t going to be just something to help keep your coffee table smudge-free and your bathroom counter decluttered.

Chores actually become an important vehicle for learning in your household. One that can teach your child 5 key lessons in life.

Chore Ideas: Choose Your Chores Based Off of these 5 Key Lessons to Pass Onto Your Child

So, before you make your choice of chores based on age appropriateness – definitely something you’ll need to do, but please read below first – I want to run down the 5 different lessons your child can self-discover through chores.

Because once you know the lessons you’re shooting for? Then choosing chores for your child will be much easier.

Chore Lesson #1: How to Master a Skill

You might be tempted to hand a chore off to a younger child, since your oldest has been doing it for a long time.

Or, perhaps you use a chore rotation system of some sort, so your children are constantly rotating through a set list of chores.

But if you hand off a chore too often, or too quickly, then you’re robbing your child of one beautiful thing: learning how to master something.

Mastery is how children – and anyone, really – builds self-esteem and self-confidence.

If your child is showing an interest in a particular chore, and takes some pride in their work on something, then you might think about both continuing to give them that responsibility + helping them to elevate their skill even more.

On the other hand, if your child is not-so-hot at a certain chore (and you don’t suspect it’s because they’re dragging their feet in the hopes that Mom – that’s you! – will do it herself), then continuing to give them that particular chore until they work through their frustrations and “get it right” can also significantly add to their self-confidence.

Which brings us to our next chore lesson.

Chore Lesson #2: How to Work through a Challenge

Let’s face it – we’re not all going to be amazing at each thing we do.

I can think of countless things I am not good at when it comes to blogging – such as tech, video production (I’m getting better!), image work (really getting better here!), sourcing Pinterest traffic, etc.

Your child is not going to be good at each chore they attempt. And not only attempt; they might just be plain bad at the chores you’re expecting them to do.

You want to choose chores that will challenge them beyond what they’re capable of doing right now.

I don’t suggest you do it in a way that forever frustrates them (though some frustration is ideal for getting motivation to improve something, for sure).

What I’m suggesting is to give them a chore outside of their capability level – say from the next age range up – and you completing the chore with them, side-by-side.

You won’t be doing the chore with them forever, just until they are ready to do it by themselves.

Bonus: Giving them something of a challenge will better keep their attention in the chore process (at least a bit more than they would normally!).

Chore Lesson #3: How to Instruct Someone Else

Have you ever been in a position where you needed to teach something to someone – perhaps even something you had only just learned yourself?

It solidifies your learning in a completely different way.

Your child can gain the same benefit.

So, you want to keep them in charge of a few chores that they get to instruct their younger sibling on.

This will put them in the instructor position, and they’ll learn even more about the process + about how to teach others by passing it down to someone else.

Chore Lesson #4: How to Be Responsible for Themselves

There are personal responsibilities that each of us has as humans. We have to do things like replace the toilet paper roll in the bathroom (otherwise, we won’t have toilet paper the next time!).

Your child needs to have some personal responsibility chores – the kind of responsibilities they’ll be responsible for in their adult lives.

This could be having them do their personal laundry, or put their personal laundry away. It could be having them hang up their backpack and put their shoes away as soon as they get home from school.

Hint: If you want to pay for chores, then I would suggest you do NOT pay for this category. Think about it – they won’t be paid to brush their teeth, or put their own dishes in the dishwasher as an adult. And if their only motivation to do so is an external one – getting paid – well then, they might just have a pretty grungy first apartment.

Chore Lesson #5: How to Be a Team Player + Team Contributor

It’s likely your child will join teams at work, school, and have their own family one day. They’ll have to do things for the greater good of these groups, and without necessarily getting lots of personal gain.

Choose a few chores that contribute to the greater good of the family to teach them to be team players + contribute to something outside of their own gain.

You could call these family duties.

Hint: Again, if you want to pay for chores, then I would suggest you do NOT pay for chores from this category. Think about it – you want them to be merry contributors to the greater good of people they love.

I hope I’ve opened your eyes to five amazing lessons your child can get from doing chores, so long as you pick them right. And if you’re ready now to choose your own list, then here’s that age appropriate chores list again for help.

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31+ Free Personal Finance Homeschool Resources

Need FREE personal finance homeschool curriculum? One of these 31 free homeschool resources below should cover you.

Do you homeschool your children?

Perhaps there are certain requirements you’ve got to meet when it comes to personal finance homeschool curriculum, and you want some resources to cover your bases.

Or, maybe you’ve just realized how important it is to send your child into this world with a real money education (bravo, you!), so you’re looking for some great homeschool subjects or resources that they can work through under your wing.

The other day, it dawned on me that there are lots of homeschooling parents out there on the front lines of teaching our youth about personal finance. And that it would probably make your life a lot easier if you knew where to find free personal finance homeschool curriculum.

Well, look no further for one of the most important life skills homeschool curriculum you can find!

Free Personal Finance Curriculum

I’ve got 31+ free homeschool personal finance resources for you.

And I’ve personally emailed each one to ask whether or not a homeschooling parent can sign up for their free resources as well (unless it specifically addressed this on their website – which many times it did not).

FYI: these are in no particular order, so scroll through, click around, and stay awhile!

Free Money Resource #1: Money Teach

Age Range: Grades K all the way through to Adult

Money Teach is sponsored by places like the National Endowment for Financial Education. They provide financial literacy curriculum for homeschoolers and other educational providers.

I like how you can search their lessons by the topic you want to teach (see below), the age range, the material type (activity, worksheet, visual aid, etc.), and time it will take to complete.

Topics you’ll find free lessons on:

  • Spending and Saving
  • Investing
  • Credit Cards and Debt
  • Employment and Income
  • Risk Management and Insurance
  • Financial Decision Making

Note: many of the lessons you find will be from other sites, and you’ll get a link for where to go. They currently partner with The National Endowment for Financial Education’s® (NEFE®) High School Financial Planning Program (HSFPP®), The University of Arizona’s Take Charge Today, PwC's Earn Your Future, The FDIC's Money Smart, the Mu$eum of American Finance, and Next Gen Personal Finance. For example, I was looking for a 30-60-minute activity for Grades K-6 on Credit and Debt, and one of the results is for The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s (FDIC) Money Smart program.

Free Money Resource #2: EverFi Financial Literacy

Age Range: elementary, middle and high school students

This animated curriculum platform is trying to produce financially capable kids by making financial literacy fun again (sounds a lot like what I’m trying to do!). EverFi breaks down complex topics – such as investing to making entrepreneurship relevant – to teach your kids.

And yes, you can sign up for a free account as a homeschool teacher! You can find your school listed by state, with the title “HomeSchool” (see image for an example – here’s an educator quick start guide).

Lesson Topics include:

  • Grades 4-6: Decision Making, Income & Careers, and Savings & Investing.
  • Grades 6-8: Financial Values and Goal-Setting, Budgeting & Opportunity Costs, and Risk vs. Return.
  • Grades 7-10: Thinking Like an Entrepreneur, Building a Team and Managing a Business, and Creative an Effective Business Pitch.
  • Grades 9-12: Credit Cards and Interest Rates, Financing Higher Education, and Saving and Investing

Curriculum Alignment: They currently align with the Jump$tart Coalition’s National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.

Free Money Resource #3: Money Prodigy

Let’s not forget about my work with kids and money!

I’ve got loads of free resources created to add some fun into those critical money lessons your child needs to learn.

Grab your free printables here:

Free Money Resource #4: Practical Money Skills by Visa

Age Range: Pre-K all the way to college

Practical Money Skills provides lesson plans and hands-on activities to help you instill good financial values and knowledge to your homeschooled children. This curriculum also offers variations of lessons with accommodations for students with special needs as well!

Each lesson, broken down by grades, comes with a Teacher’s Guide, Student Activities, PowerPoint, and Presentations.

There are way too many lessons to outline them all here; I’ll give you a sampling by listing out lessons for Grades 3-6:

  • Allowances and Spending Plan
  • Money Responsibility
  • Saving and Investing
  • Comparison Shopping

Pssst: these guys also have lots of online games, 4 free video games about money + free money comic books you can get in the mail (you don’t even pay shipping!). Here’s my Money Metropolis review – one of their games – plus money conversations to add to it for improved learning.

Curriculum Alignment: Check out how this curriculum aligns with your state’s standards here.

Free Money Resource #5: MoneySKILL®

Age Range: Middle School, High School, and College

Access 37 free modules (in both English and Spanish) with pre/post-tests that teach lots of personal finance concepts like expenses, and income, insurance, and credit.

To gain access, homeschoolers will need to select “teacher” in the registration form + explain that you’re a homeschooling parent.

Money Lessons Include:

  • Earned Income and Skill Demand
  • The Consumer Life Cycle
  • Other Deductions from Pay
  • Paying for What We Buy
  • Earned Income and Skill Supply
  • Lifetime Plan
  • Preparing to Acquire a Vehicle

Curriculum Alignments: They currently align with all national standards for personal finance curriculum in grades K-12, including the Jump$tart Coalition’s National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.

Free Money Resource #6: NEFE High School Financial Planning Program

Age Range: Grades 8-12

The National Endowment for Financial Education (NEFE) provides online curriculum aligned with national standards to help teens take real world concepts and apply it to financial situations.

Workbooks are also available at no cost to you if you prefer physical curriculum.

Money topics include:

  • Money Management: Manage Your Cash Flow
  • Borrowing: Use, Don’t Abuse
  • Earning Power: More than a Paycheck
  • Investing: Money Working for You
  • Financial Services: Care for Your Cash
  • Insurance: Protect What You Have

Curriculum Alignment: program content is aligned with the Jump$tart Coalition National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education, and other national academic standards related to personal finance.

Free Money Resource #7: Clay Piggy

Age Range: Grades K-6th

Through project-based interaction such as games and activities, Clay Piggy engages K-6 students to become sensibly money savvy. Aligns with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

In their own words, “Children learn the relationship of five key areas – earning, spending, saving, investing & giving through doing, collaborating with other children and making mistakes.”

Curriculum Alignment: Lessons are based on national standards in Personal Financial Education created by Jump$tart Coalition and Texas standards set by Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

*** Waiting to hear back from them if they accept homeschooling families.

Free Money Resource #8: FDIC Money Smart

Age Range: Grades K-12

Grab your four free financial literacy lesson plans, provided by the guys who make sure your savings account balance stays safe – the FDIC (Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation). In fact, one of their goals is for youth to create positive relationships with financial institutions!

The four lesson plans are broken down by the following age groups: Pre-K through 2nd grade, grades 3-5, grades 6-8, and grades 9-12.

Example money lessons for Grades 3-5 include:

  • Buying Decisions
  • Setting Goals
  • Budgeting
  • Saving
  • Payment Options
  • Introduction to Investing
  • Charitable Giving
  • Exploring Careers and Income

Free Money Resource #8: H&R Block’s Budget Competition

Age Range: 14 years and older

Do you want to show your young adults how financial mistakes can have real consequences? H&R Block’s Budget Competition allows you to test these out on the “open road”, while giving your child a chance to enter for a scholarship.

This is a 10-week “online simulation tool that replicates real-world budgeting and personal finance decision-making”, available to both teachers and to homeschool educators.

Kids play by getting a regular paycheck over those 10 weeks, a checking account, and a 401(k) savings. They also must pay bills and balance everything.

Real-World Ready Rankings/Scores are determined by:

  • Behavior
  • Knowledge
  • Skill

Students can get up to a possible 400% (and can track their Real-World Ready rankings). And at the end of each semester? The top 5 students get a $20,000 scholarship!

Free Money Resource #9: Vanguard’s My Classroom Economy

Age Range: Grades K-12

This financial literacy program simulates a microeconomy, including activities like students paying rent for their desk and getting “paid” for hours spent learning.

Topics for high school students also include learning the foundations of investing money and why you’d want to purchase insurance.

Curriculum Alignment: Courses align with the Jump$tart Coalition’s National Standards in K-12 Personal Finance Education.

*** Waiting to hear back from them if they accept homeschooling families.

Free Money Resource #10: The Actuarial Foundation

Age Range: High School

The Actuarial Foundation provides the “Build You Future” series to allow your high schools to explore a wide range of financial concepts, from checking and savings accounts, to exploring paths to employment.

Money topics include (you can download both the student and the teacher pdfs):

  • Savings accounts/Checking Accounts
  • Taxes
  • Credit Cards
  • Loans and interest
  • Home loans
  • Bonds, stocks, mutual funds
  • Inflation
  • Path to employment
  • Making a living
  • Retirement

Curriculum: aligns with the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics and the Jump$tart Coalition for Financial Literacy.

Free Money Resource #11: Compare Cards Education Center

Age Range: 6-18 years

This curriculum helps students learn the basics of building credit, what your credit entails, and using credit cards wisely.

The lesson plans are broken down by the following grades: Grades 1-2, Grades 3-5, Middle School, and High School, and 18+.

Money lessons include:

  • What Money Can Do
  • Money in the Real World
  • Middle School – Building Credit
  • High School – Intro to Credit Cards
  • First-Time Credit Card Owner
  • Basics of Investing
  • Bull and Bear Markets
  • How to Choose Stocks
  • Work of a Stockbroker
  • Other Types of Investments

Free Money Resource #12: Banzai!

Ages: Banzai Junior (8-12), Teen (13-18), and Plus (16+)

Banzai is an online platform backed by banks and credit unions to discuss how to successfully deal with real life financial dilemmas for all ages.

I contacted them specifically to ask about homeschoolers, and YES, you can sign up for an account and use their resources as a homeschooler! The only catch is, as a homeschooler, you can use their platform but you won’t be able to order their free materials.

A bit more from them:

“Teachers will sign up, creating an account. Once they're signed up, they are able to create as many classes as needed with each class having its own class code. They will have their students sign up as well (making sure to select “Students”) where they will put in a username and password and will need that class code which the teachers will give them. Once students are signed up, they will see the four different parts of the program on their page (Pretest, Life Scenarios, Game, Posttest). They will go in order completing the program. It is all online, with the booklets only need on one portion of the program (the Life Scenarios). In one setting, students can take anywhere from two to three hours to complete. If completed 30-45 minutes each day, it normally takes about a week to finish.

Students will encounter real life scenarios that show them what it's like to save and spend your money once you're on your own. They will even have a chance to save $2,000 for college in the game and know how hard it is to accomplish that.”

Curriculum Alignment: Scroll way down on this page and click on your state to see curriculum alignment with your state.

Free Money Resource #14:

Age Range: Middle School and High School

You’ll find different money simulations, lesson plans, and games about topics covering things like the true cost of owning a car and the concept of breaking even on business ventures.

In their series Money Math for Teens, lessons teach APR, APY, and compound interest for middle and high school students.

Other money lessons include:

  • The Emergency Fund
  • Dividend-Paying Stocks
  • Opportunity Costs
  • Credit Score
  • Debt Elimination: Power Tools for Building Wealth

Free Money Resource #15: Take Charge Today

Age Range: Grades 7-12

This is free decision-based curriculum developed by the University of Arizona to help educators foster a thinking environment in regards to personal finance and decision making.

As an educator, you can access assessments, course guides, and active learning tool suggestions.

Money lessons include:

  • Introduction to Spending Plans
  • The Basics of Taxes
  • Time Value of Money Magic!

Curriculum Alignment: Lesson plans were designed, tested, and edited with university researchers, financial industry experts, and our own Master Educator Teams, and are aligned to most state and national standards.

Free Money resource #16: We the Economy

Age Range: All ages

This is personal finance education by short film!

Well, actually, it’s all about the economy – which is definitely tied to personal finance.

There are 20 free, mini-films that cover tough topics such as income wage inequality and health insurance. And there are even well-known producers and movie stars in each of the films.

Films are 5-8 minutes long.

Mini-films Include:

  • What is the Economy?
  • GDP Smackdown
  • Supply & Dance, Man
  • Lemonade War
  • A Bee’s Invoice: The Hidden Value in Nature
  • Fed Head
  • Recession
  • The Ebola Economy
  • And lots more!

Here’s a sign-up form for a limited number of free DVDs available to educators.

Curriculum Alignment: Classroom materials align with Common Core, C3, and Subject Area Standards (ELA, Social Studies, Math, Science, etc.).

Free Money Resource #17: In Charge

Age Range: High School

You’ll find 14 free lesson plans + teacher guides + presentations that discuss everything from living on your own to consumer privacy. These are targeted for teens, with additional worksheets for comprehensive learning.

Specific Money lessons Include:

  • Making Personal Finance Decisions
  • Making Money
  • The Art of Budgeting
  • Living on Your Own
  • Buying a Home
  • Banking Services
  • Credit
  • Credit Cards
  • Cars and Loans
  • The Influence of Advertising
  • Consumer Awareness
  • Saving & Investing
  • In Trouble
  • Consumer Privacy

Are you a teacher who is not comfortable teaching personal finance? This site also offers some support for you, with a free Teach Money Financial Literacy Workbook to brush up on your skills.

Free Money Resource #18: PwC’s Earn Your Future

Age Range: Grades K-12

PwC’s Access Your Potential curriculum teaches both Financial Literacy and Technology Skills (the tech skills are geared towards middle school students, fyi).

Money Lesson Include:

  • Budgeting the Bottom Line
  • Building Wealth
  • Career Exploration
  • Charitable Giving
  • Consumer Fraud
  • Creditworthiness
  • Filing a Return
  • Evaluating Financial Information
  • Income vs. Monthly Payments

Something else I love about this site/company? They offer a Career Village, where your child can get their career questions answered for free by professionals!

Curriculum Alignment: Content is aligned with Council for Economic Education standards.

Free Money Resource #19: Kids Who Discover Online

Age Range: Specific one not given

This site offers some free interactive lesson plans for science and social studies (also lots of paid lessons).

You’ll specifically want to check out the following free guides for money education:

  • KIDS DISCOVER Saving and Spending: This guide covers things like trade-offs, opportunity costs, work kids do around the world, growing human capital, etc.
  • KIDS DISCOVER Money: Your kiddos will learn about ancient forms of money, how to identify counterfeit bills, history of the U.S. Dollar, gambling/robberies, etc.
  • The Costs and Benefits of Tourism

You’ll receive a Power Vocabulary guide for each teaching guide you download, and it includes vocabulary from two different word groups – what they call “brick words” and “mortar words.” Brick words are key ideas and mortar words “hold the key ideas together”.

Aside from the teaching guides are a couple of free online money lessons include a lesson on counterfeiting money, and the topic “Economics” (lessons include: Making Choices, Goods, Services, and Resources, and Money and Currency).

Free Money Resource #20: Small Business Administration: Young Entrepreneurs

Want your child to learn how to create + finance a basic business? The Small Business Administration offers a 30-minute video course as an intro.

They’ll learn to do things like write down their business idea/plan, that entrepreneurs need to be flexible and persistent, that they need to size up the competition, picking a business model, etc.

Free Money Resource #21: PBS Learning Media

Age Range: Pre-K to 13+

There are tons of videos with varying age ranges + lesson plans for your kiddo to pick up on some entrepreneurial lessons/skills. Videos include interviewing entrepreneurs in various fields, becoming a social entrepreneur, learning about historical figures who were entrepreneurs, etc.

Curriculum Alignments: Each lesson is broken down by the National Standards it covers.

Free Money Resource #22: EntreEd

Age Range: Grades 3-12

The National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education offers lots of videos with PDF lesson plans to go along with them to teach entrepreneurial skills.

Entrepreneurship Lessons include:

  • Success V. Challenge
  • Common Business Structures
  • How Far Does that Paycheck Go?
  • What Do You Know about Entrepreneurship?
  • Inventors V. Entrepreneurs
  • Risk
  • Teamwork
  • Making Money through Social Media

Curriculum Alignment: Here’s how EntreEd aligns with national standards of education.

Free Money Resource #23: Alison

Age Range: All ages

This site has over 1,000 free courses (not all geared towards kids). A few that pop out to me about money and entrepreneurship are:

  • Sustainable Business
  • Key Elements of Entrepreneurial Success
  • Starting a Business or Social Enterprise – the Stone Soup Way

Three learning paths you’ll definitely want to check out:

  • Entrepreneurial Skills
  • General Finance
  • Personal Finance

Something cool about this site – aside from the fact that it is free education? You can become an Alison Graduate and earn actual Certificate of Achievements for mastering courses.

Curriculum Alignment: Alison has its own Alison Academy that accredits the courses. Here’s much more info on their accreditation.

Free Money Resource #24: Foundation for Economic Education

Have your kiddo go through the Economics of Entrepreneurship series, a collection of great courses.

And homeschool co-ops can receive a free classroom kit!

Your kit includes:

Money Lessons Include:

  • What is Entrepreneurship?
  • What is the Entrepreneur’s Role in Creating Value?
  • What Do Profit and Loss Tell Us?
  • How Do I Become an Entrepreneur?

Curriculum Alignment: Upon completion of a FEE course, your child receives a certificate of achievement they can print and/or share on social media outlets.

Free Money Resource #25: Teen Business

Age Range: Tweens/Teens

Would you love for your child to become a TeenVestor?

Here’s an impressive collection of videos with specific entrepreneurial lessons for teens.

Educational tracks include:

  • Profit Series
  • Marketing Series
  • Business Plan Series
  • Finding Funds Series
  • Business Plan Series
  • Inspiration and Motivation Series

Free Money Resource #26: Biz Kid$

Age Range: 6-12 years+

Your kid can start with the Biz Kid$ 65+ videos on topics such as

  • Careers
  • Credit & debt
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Financial markets & the economy
  • Financial planning and personal finances
  • Saving & investing.

You can sort videos by lesson topic or by grade level, and there are also Spanish videos!

Curriculum Alignment: Biz Kid$ episodes are based on national standards for financial literacy and entrepreneurship education.

Free Money Resource #27: EconEdLink

Age Range: All Grades

The Council for Economic Education offers tons of valuable economics lessons. For money education, you’ll specifically want to check out these:

  • Grades 6-8, 9-12: Better Money Habits
  • Grades 6-8, 9-12: Math in the Real World
  • Grades K-5: Economics in Children’s Literature

Curriculum Alignment: You can choose lessons by standards, either CEE's Voluntary National Content Standards in Economics, CEE's National Standards for Financial Literacy, or Common Core State Standards for Math and English Language Arts.

Free Money Resource #28: Gen i Revolution

Age Range: Middle School and High School

This is actually an online game for kids. However, I included it because it has an extensive free download for parents/homeschoolers/educators with 21 financial lessons to go along with the game.

Kids can compete against each other in 15 financial rescue missions.

Money lessons are centered around: learning, earning, and investing.

Free Money Resource #29: Next Gen Personal Finance

Age Range: High school

NGPF provides curriculum to help your older homeschoolers learn about financial topics such as checking accounts, investing, insurance and financing their way into college. They’ve got a total of 65 lessons, 200 activities, and 400 curated videos, broken down into 12 different units.

12 Units include:

  • Checking
  • Saving
  • Types of Credit
  • Managing Credit
  • Paying for College
  • Budgeting
  • Investing
  • Financial Pitfalls
  • Career
  • Taxes
  • Insurance
  • Bonus Section

Create a free account (the free teacher account is available for both parents and homeschoolers as well – I checked), and you can get access to personal summative and comprehension assessments to give your child  + their answer keys for teachers – this will help you figure out what they do and do not know about personal finance (though I think they correspond to the lessons).

Two online money games worth mentioning as well: Payback, and Cat Insanity.

Curriculum Alignment: Each project states that it’s “Common Core Standards-aligned”.

Free Money Resource #30: Sesame Street

Age Range: For kids who love Sesame Street

This “Finances for Kids Toolkit” includes videos for your child that teach money lessons through their fave Sesame Street characters: Elmo and Cookie Monster.

Money lesson videos include:

  • Learning to Wait
  • Three Jars
  • Making Choices
  • Elmo’s Savings Jar
  • Elmo Makes a Choice
  • Learning to Save

You’ll find teacher/educator/parent resource guides that include questions to ask your child after they watch the videos, educator’s guide, Children’s Activity Book, and more.

Free Money Resource #31: Scholastic’s Adventures in Math

Age Range: Grades K-8

I used to love those Scholastic catalogues we got at school – my Mom would always let me order a few books (and I gobbled them down a month or so later).

It’s great to know that Scholastic also has a decent library of money lessons you can use to teach your child personal finance.

Money lessons include:

  • Money Matters
  • Plans and Goals
  • Saving Money for Your Future
  • Finding the Better Buy

Curriculum Alignment: Here’s a complete breakdown for how the money lessons correspond with Common Core State Standards Initiative.

There you have it – plenty of resources to go along with or become your personal finance homeschool curriculum so that you teach your child the critical money life skills they’ll need.

Pssst: do you offer free money lessons to homeschooling parents? Reach out to me with your resource for possible inclusion to the list. 

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7 Gifts for New Drivers that Encourage Responsibility + Safety

I’ve got the perfect gifts for new drivers and gifts for new car owners in your life – the ones that will help with car maintenance, responsibility, and reliability!

You’ve got a new driver in your house, and maybe even a new car owner. Congratulations!

Your child has taken a really important step in the whole end parenting goal of them eventually leaving the nest with all the right life skills intact.

Are you a little terrified of your child driving?

Don’t fret. I’ve got a gift-buying guide that includes gifts for new drivers and gifts for new car owners that will:

  • Make your child’s car more reliable (as they’re likely driving a used car – I’ve been driving one for 18 years!).
  • Help reinforce responsible car owner habits that your child can take into adulthood with them.
  • Welcome them into the driving world!

So, buckle up (couldn’t help myself), and let’s get going!

Gifts for New Drivers License Owners that Make their Drive Safer + More Reliable

Your teenager is likely driving a used car to begin with – at least that’s what the majority of teens drive.

Used cars and beater cars are awesome, and I’ve been driving them for 18 years now (that’s right, I’ve never owned a car payment in my life, I’ve just paid cash for a beater car and driven it into the ground!). However, they might not be as reliable as brand-new vehicles.

Not only that, but your teen is a new driver. Can you think back to all the mistakes you made as a new driver?

So, this category of gifts for new drivers is all about building more reliability and safety into their driving.

Amazon Gifts for New Driver #1: New Driver Key Chain

The key chain is actually really important for two reasons – both functional ones, like putting keys on it to start the car, and also safety ones, like including some sort of personal safety device on it.

Your teen may not be thinking about these important things, so you can purchase it as a gift for them instead!

Personally, I have a mace keychain on my own. However, it’s not legal in every state for a minor to carry mace. There are also these alarm keychains – and since your teen is driving now, they might find themselves in unoccupied garages, or walking to their car after dark in the winter time.

While you’re at it? You’ll want to make sure they have a spare set of keys – either a spare set of keys for their own car, or for the family car. I know as an adult, I can forget/lose my keys like the best of them, and so I make sure we each have a spare set of keys for the other person’s vehicle.

New Driver Gift #2: Roadside Emergency Kit

What I absolutely love about this roadside emergency kit is that it comes with a free year of roadside assistance! Now that’s some peace of mind in case you can’t get out to help your teen, or can’t leave work to do so if it’s in the middle of the day.

Crazy enough, a one-year membership to Triple AAA is over $50. But this emergency kit that they can keep for years and years? It’s only $39.99.

Included items: a jumper cable, pair of gloves, rain poncho, tow-strap, blanket, headlamp, first aid kit, etc.

New Driver Gift #3: Ice Scraper

Do you live up North? Then you’ll definitely want to make sure your teen’s car is equipped with an ice scraper. I can’t tell you how many times I used mine before moving down South.

Hint: get them their own ice scraper to reinforce the idea that they shoulder the responsibility to scrape their own windshields off.

Gifts for a New Car Owner that Reinforce Responsible Car Ownership Habits

Part of the Mom/Dad-gig? Is making sure your kids understand what “responsible” car ownership looks like.

Heck, you basically have to model for them what “responsible” looks like for everything (including money!).

I’ve curated a few gifts for new drivers that will help to reinforce what a responsible car owner does with their car.

New Driver Gift #4: Car Documents Holder

Your kid is now responsible for some important paperwork having to do with driving + owning their own vehicle. You want to encourage them to keep all those documents in one secure spot in case they need them.

This car documents holder is the perfect way to reinforce this idea. They can store their insurance documents, car title, inspection paperwork, emergency contact numbers, and any roadside assistance numbers in here.

New Driver Gift #5: Car Cleaning Kit

Part of responsible car ownership is keeping the car relatively clean. Not only does this make for better, less distracted driving, but it can keep paint damage/rust from forming, and stains from setting into the seats.

Read: it can save money.

By purchasing this cleaning kit, you’ll be reinforcing the idea that you expect them to keep their own vehicle clean, and/or help with keeping the family vehicle clean now that they’ll be driving in it.

New Driver Gift #6: The Driving Book

You likely won’t be able to cover everything there is about car ownership – unless you’re an expert!

And even if you could, we all know that kids don’t necessarily like listening to their parents at around the same age they get their license.

SO, getting a driving book like this one is a really great idea. It’s geared towards new teen drivers, and covers topics like handling tech while driving, what to do if stopped by a police officer, what to do if you’re in an accident, etc.

Gifts for New Drivers that are Just Plain Fun

Alright, alright. So, we went through the responsible and safety gifts…now it’s onto having some FUN when buying gifts for your new car owner!

New Driver Gift #7: Bling Up their Vehicle

Does your teen enjoy a little bling? There’s some really fun bling they can add to their car around the auto start ignition button.

But don’t stop there! You can also get some Bling-Bling Tire Valve Caps.

And even a bling license plate frame.

Celebrate Getting Driver's License by Creating Your New Driver Survival Kit

If you want to take this all a step further and put together an entire new driver survival kit for your teen/niece/nephew, then I’ve got a few ideas for you.

First off, I have a child myself. If I were to choose what to personally include in his new driver survival kit, it would be the following:

  • Roadmap: Yes. An actual, paper roadmap. Hear me out on this – because I know I’ve found myself with a dead phone battery due to forgetting to charge it the night before, so I’m sure a teen is even more likely to be cut off from Google Maps because of forgetting to charge their phone. And what if they get lost? Like, really lost (yes, that has happened to me as well!)?
  • Flashlight: Flashlights come in handy for all sorts of reasons. Here’s one with a rechargeable battery, and one with a regular battery.
  • Emergency Roadside Kit: I’ve had one of these in my own car since I was a teen, and will continue to have one.
  • Set of Spare Keys: We would keep these at home, or with someone else.

As you can see, my own personal list for a new driver survival kit heavily weighs on the safety/reliability side of things. But maybe you would do something different! So, go through and choose the items you want, and then look at a few suggestions below to add in a little something extra.

New Driver Survival Kit Extras:

  • Do a Car Treasure Hunt: You might have some fun with actually giving your new driver their gifts/car gift basket for teens using this car treasure hunt.
  • Add in a Car Maintenance Checklist: Your child likely doesn’t know all the things that go into being a responsible car owner/driver. Creating a checklist with typical maintenance activities – such as state inspection + registration renewals, gaining car insurance (and shopping around for that car insurance every so often for a better price/better coverage – we personally use USAA auto insurance – check to see your USAA eligibility), oil changes, car wash, etc.
  • Put Everything in a Car Organization Container: You could choose several gifts from above, then also purchase a car container/organizer as the “gift bag” to give it to them! Like this car trunk organizer (I like how it comes with straps to keep things from shifting).

What are you most excited about getting for your new driver? Does your teen have a car of their own, or will they share ownership/responsibility with the family vehicle? I’d love to hear more!

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