How to Celebrate Money Smart Week

Posted on 04/05/2011

Money Smart Week started with a meeting in Chicago a decade ago. It’s expanded to many other states as a way to provide resources that will help consumers better manage their personal finances. Take this time to get more educated about money by celebrating Money Smart Week.

Take the National Financial Capability Challenge - The National Financial Capability Challenge was designed as a tool to better educate high school-aged students, but it can also serve as a good measuring stick for adults. It’s a free program provided by The Department of the Treasury. Quiz yourself and find out if you’re smarter than a high schooler.

Play Educational Games - may not sound like a website dedicated to having fun, but they’ve actually developed a great free game designed to help you learn more about managing money. Winning Moneytopia requires keeping careful track of your finances, paying bills on time and accomplishing daily tasks that can impact the future of your finances.

See How Your State Stacks Up - Want to see how financially fit you are compared to your state’s average resident? Head to and click on your state to reveal recent data. For instance, in Florida, 23% of residents reported spending more than their income over the past year and 61% of Floridians don’t have a rainy day fund for emergencies.

Take a Class at Your Local Library - Through grants from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation, libraries all over the country are holding classes on smart investing. The idea is to help Americans become smarter about their money by receiving unbiased financial information. If there’s not a class in your area you can still find free tools at

Pledge to Talk to Your Kids about Money - Financial lessons are best started at a young age. And since many schools don’t cover important personal finance topics, commit to teaching your kids about money. Take a pledge and receive helpful tips at Because when it comes to money and personal finances, we all have something to learn.

By Alison Storm

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