How to Make a Budget – 5 Steps

Learn the basics of how to create a personal budget, including 5 simple steps. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the terminology and basic economic and related concepts of Income Spending Saving Budgeting PROCEDURE Hand out the worksheet below (see the GET LESSON button near the bottom of the page). Show … Continue reading How to Make a Budget – 5 Steps

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What is Interest? Introduction to Interest Rates.

Learn the basics of interest, how you earn interest, and compound interest.  An introduction to interest rates. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the terminology and basic economic and related concepts of Interest Interest Rates Saving Bank Loans PROCEDURE Hand out the worksheet below (see the GET LESSON button near the … Continue reading What is Interest? Introduction to Interest Rates.

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What is a Mortgage?

Learn the basics of a mortgage loan for buying a home, types of mortgage lenders, and types of mortgages.  An introduction to mortgages. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the terminology and basic economic and related concepts of Mortgages Purchasing a Home Home Loans Interest Rates Budgeting and Monthly Expenses PROCEDURE … Continue reading What is a Mortgage?

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What Interest Rate Increases Mean for You

What to expect as the Federal Reserve (the central bank of the United States) increases interest rates. How it impacts your budget, and your money. Understand why the Federal Reserve is increasing rates, so we all will see our borrowing costs potentially rise. Here are some ways that rate hikes could affect you, your money, … Continue reading What Interest Rate Increases Mean for You

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Types of Money | Commodity, Representative, Fiat, and Bank Money

What is money? Economists differentiate among several different types.  Learn about the four main types of money including commodity money, representative money, fiat money, and bank money. Also learn why intrinsic value is important for understanding the types of money. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the basic economic concepts of … Continue reading Types of Money | Commodity, Representative, Fiat, and Bank Money

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Main Functions of Money

Learn what is money and what are its four main functions. Money serves all these functions: it is a medium for exchange, store of value, unit of account, and standard for deferred payments. CONCEPTS Use this video lesson on the topic to discuss the basic economic concepts of Money Barter Inflation PROCEDURE Hand out the … Continue reading Main Functions of Money

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Mittens Shops at Costco | Spending and Budgeting

A dog goes shopping for dog food at Costco. A fun class or lesson starter for the YouTube and TikTok generation on the importance of spending money wisely. When shopping for groceries, we often spend more than necessary and buy more groceries than we can eat, and lose track of what we actually bought. A … Continue reading Mittens Shops at Costco | Spending and Budgeting





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How to Prepare your Finances for an Emergency or Disaster

With all the uncertainty in the world, including pandemics, invasions, wars, and natural disasters, it reminds us we all need to plan so we are financially prepared. There are many situations in which you need to be financially prepared, including hurricanes, house fires, floods, pandemics, and more. Proper planning, including saving emergency money with a … Continue reading How to Prepare your Finances for an Emergency or Disaster

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What is causing Inflation? When will it end?

Why are prices going up for food, gas, and housing? Why are prices rising and who is it hurting? Why is everything so expensive? What is causing inflation, and when will inflation end? CONCEPTS Use this video on the topic to discuss the financial economic concepts of Inflation Supply and Demand Consumer Price Index Federal … Continue reading What is causing Inflation? When will it end?

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Getting Ready for Taxes: Documents you Need

The first step towards filing your tax return is to gather all the documents that you will need.  Here, students learn what documents, paperwork, and receipts are needed to file your income tax return.  It is a checklist of documents for completing IRS form 1040 Income tax.  Learn to prepare and organize your tax documents, … Continue reading Getting Ready for Taxes: Documents you Need

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