Day 2

Welcome to The Money Quest Day 2

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I hope you enjoyed the story and activities yesterday. Below you will find the links for today’s fun and games!

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Day 1

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Welcome to The Financial Fairy Tales ‘Money Quest’

A week long event to help your child develop essential money skills, ideas and habits.

Please enjoy Day 1 materials below and let me know what you think via our Facebook page or comment below.

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Three Purses of Gold – Chapter One Preview

To celebrate the launch of Three Purses of Gold, the 5th book in the Financial Fairy Tales series, we are delighted to share a preview of chapter one.

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Once upon a time in the Land of Argent, there lived a merchant called Reuben and his three daughters.
Reuben made his living by sailing to far off lands and bringing back exotic things to sell. His cargos included strange fruits that no-one had ever tasted, fragrant spices and exotic coloured gems.
He typically made two or three such trips a year and was busily preparing for his latest voyage. His daughters always begged to go along and this time was no exception.

The youngest, Poppy, was particularly persuasive, pleading with her father and offering lots of reasons why she should go with him.
Despite providing many examples of how useful she could be, this time, like always, her father held firm.
“No, my loves”, he explained, “it will be a long and hazardous journey. We may be at sea for weeks. It’s much safer for you to stay at home with your Grandmother”.
“But Grandma makes us do housework every day”, protested Rose the middle daughter.
“And she makes us go to bed before dark”, moaned Lily the eldest.
“Now, now girls, don’t complain. You will stay with Grandma and be good. She loves taking care of you”. Then, after a pause, he added,
“I’ll make you a deal. While I am away, whichever one of you wins my
challenge can come on the next trip”.
“Great!” Shouted all three girls together, “What’s the challenge? How do we win?”

As much as they loved each other, the sisters never missed an opportunity to be competitive.
“I will tell you all about it in the morning” said their father, “but now it’s time for bed.”
Reluctantly, and with a grumble and a groan, they each gave their father a kiss before going upstairs.
Reuben smiled proudly as he watched them go whilst thinking
what a lucky man he was.

The next morning over breakfast, the girls chatted excitedly about what the challenge might be and who was going to win.
Reuben began to explain the rules.
“I am going to give each of you a purse with twelve gold coins”, he
The girls gasped; that was quite a lot of money.
“But”, their father said, raising his hand for quiet, “I will expect you to give it back upon I return. What you decide to do with it, is up to you. Any profit you make will be yours to keep. The winner will be the one who makes the most, and she will come on my next trip”.
With that, he produced three red velvet purses, each tied with a gold thread.
Reuben playfully weighed them in his hand before passing one to each of his daughters.

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Later that day, they all embraced at the dockside before Reuben boarded his ship. The girls ran along the harbour wall to wave for as long as they could, before the wind caught the sales and the ship headed out to sea. Gradually getting smaller and smaller in the distance, until it became just a tiny speck on the horizon.

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Why Talk About Money With Your Children?

Why is it important to talk about money with our children? As a society, we’ve come to understand that staying silent on the topics of sex and drugs can often lead to negative or unwanted consequences. The same is true for money.

Starting the money conversation early, and having it often, in an age-appropriate way helps prepare our children for managing their own money wisely.

Stay silent about it and you risk leaving your children open to the pitches of TV adverts and peer pressure. Much better for you to take conscious control over what they are learning rather than the bombardment of advertising or negative portrayal in films and the media.

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Theresa Harezlak, a financial adviser with Savant Capital Management and a mother of two, says the biggest money mistake that parents make is silence.

“Every time my kids go outside I tell them to be careful crossing the roads and do not talk to strangers, but we never talk about money. In reality”, she says, “the chances of her kids being abducted are very low, but the chances of her children using money are certain”.

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Staying silent about money and you risk leaving your children open to the pitches of TV, adverts and peer pressure. Much better for you to take conscious control over what they are learning rather than the bombardment of advertising or negative portrayal in films and the media.

For example think of how many films or TV shows have the arch villain as some kind of reclusive billionaire. In fact how many positive examples of rich people can you call to mind?

In my view, too many parents don’t talk about money with their kids at all. Others skirt topics they don’t know much about, like investing and debt. Parents are the main source of money information for children, but 74% of parents are reluctant to discuss family finances with their kids, according to the 2014 T. Rowe Price Parents, Kids, and Money Survey. That’s a big shame, because ignorance about money can set up your kids to make bad decisions — and eventually pass those bad habits on to your grandchildren.

The solution: Make financial literacy a family value

In her book, Do I Look Like an ATM?: A Parent’s Guide to Raising Financially Responsible African American Children, Sabrina Lamb details “the business of your family household.” Lamb, says all families should work together on five financial topics: learning, earning, saving, investing, and donating time or funds to causes you value. She recommends a daily diet of business news, occasional meetings between the kids, your bank, or other financial advisors, and support of your older kids’ entrepreneurial goals. This might be a bit idealistic for many but using the news or an online article as a stimulus for a conversation about money could be a good start.

Even if money is tight, don’t stress about it in silence.

When parents are worried about money but are not communicating their financial situation, children pick up on the anxiety and associate it broadly with finances. Rather than learning money lessons from their parent’s mistakes or particular situation, children instead learn that money is ‘stressful’ and ‘bad’.

A 2013 Study by Cambridge University for the Money Advice Service revealed that our money values and habits are formed in childhood often before the age of 7. If a child is growing up with the programming that money is stressful and bad what are the chances that they will ever make any as an adult?

This is why the primary goal behind The Financial Fairy Tales books is to help spread positive, empowering messages about money to children and counteract the negative bias they may be exposed to elsewhere.

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Three Reasons For Teens to Start Saving

It’s so easy to waste money, even more so when you’re young and are yet to learn the real value of it. But starting young is the key to setting yourself up for success later on, and if you have kids or teens, here are just three reasons it’s worth them saving what they can. It could be money from birthdays and Christmas, pocket money or part time jobs.

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College and university is expensive, and chances are they’ll need to utilise loans and perhaps help from you to pay for things like books, fees and accommodation. But saving up towards education is no bad thing, and if they start a couple of years before they leave they’ll go away with a nice buffer. This can make it easier to afford travelling around the city they’re in, food, socialising and other daily living costs. When teens move away to university, it’s often the first time they’ll get a proper taste of independence, they’ll be managing their own money for the first time. Being equipped with some of their own money can make the process run much more smoothly, and if it’s cash they’ve saved themselves they’re likely to be that bit more careful with it as well.

A car and driving lessons

Being able to drive gives so much independence, and it’s this which teens and young people really crave. Learning to drive, theory tests, practical tests and other extras can really add up, not to mention the purchase and running costs of a car. Saving up before they’re old enough to drive means that once they reach the legal driving age they can book some lessons right away. Or once they pass, they can get themselves a car. Even if they can’t cover these costs completely and you need to foot the rest, it can make things easier for you and using their own savings means they’ll appreciate it more. Being able to drive can also open up the door to more jobs, those that are further away or those that require driving. It could even lead to setting up their own business. You can find finance deals for vans on sites like The Good Van Company so you don’t even need all of the money upfront.

Deposit for a house

Getting onto the property ladder is so worthwhile. Once you move out and start renting, it’s easy to remain stuck in the ‘renting trap.’ You can’t save much money for a deposit as all of your money is being spent on rent and bills. Once they’re working full time but before they move out of the parental home, it’s worth having a chat with teens and young adults about saving for a deposit. Living at home while they save means they’ll reach their goals much more quickly. When they do eventually move, it could be into something of their own rather than it going to a landlord every month.

All of these things can feel like a long way off when your child is in their early teens, but the years fly by. Anything they can save up now can all go towards a brighter future later on.