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    Default Finance for teens ideas

    We have a once a week teen co-op, where they study one topic per month. (Sort of like unit studies for teens.) We're planning our topics for next year, and I want to do a "Personal Finance for Teens." I'm thinking of covering (or having guest speakers cover) budgeting, student loans, credit/debit cards, types of investments, and online banking.

    Is there anything else I'm missing? I thought I'd ask the creative, smart group here! Thanks!

    Homeschooled two kids for 11 years, now trying to pay it forward

    Daughter -- a University of Iowa graduate: BA in English with Creative Writing, BA in Journalism, and a minor in Gender, Women & Sexuality Studies

    Son -- a Purdue University graduate: BS in Computer Science, minor in math, geology, anthropology, and history

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    Balancing a checkbook. Understanding credit scores. Doing their own taxes.

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    How to do things like comparing phone plans ? Understanding and using interest.

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    the importance of compound interest!

    Dave Ramsey's website has great articles explaining a lot of the subjects for the teen.
    here's one:
    Come to the Dark Side, We Have Cookies!

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    Looks like you've got it covered, sounds like a great idea.
    4 kids. 2 launched - Fabulous Daughter (FD) and Eldest Son (ES); 2 in the nest - Boy1 (B1) 11/14/98 & Boy Other One (BOO) 12/16/00

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    Interest rates, principal, credit score (and how it can be related to a furture job), budgeting (recommended percentage of income to go to rent, utilitities,etc), taxes and w-2's, bank fees and how banks work. In all honesty, a month is not nearly enough time to cover everything.

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