Money is an exciting thing that is a huge a part of everyday life for kids and grown-ups. You can save it, earn it, spend it, collect it, or just count it. If you're interested in money, there's a lot you can learn. In fact, there's so much it fills this whole book!
Money has a long, long history. Long before there were bills and coins, people used shells and grain as money. (“How much is that?” “That'll be three shells.” Can you imagine?) This book has lots of cool facts about money all throughout history. You'll also learn how money is made and what all the marks on money mean. Some money is actually worth more than it says — that's why learning about coin collecting is a great way to discover some extra value in your money! You'll discover what the biggest bill ever made in the United States was worth, how to earn virtual money online, and ideas for what to do with your allowance.
There's more to money than the currency itself, though! Banks, loans, earning money, paying taxes on money, earning interest on money, budgeting, and giving to charity are all super-important ways that money plays a part in your life and the life of your family. Ever wondered how the stock market works? How a bank makes a profit? Have you ever thought about why things cost what they do and why prices go up over time? Were you ever curious about what types of money are used in other countries?
You're about to learn all of that and tons more, such as ways to earn extra dough, how to use gift cards, how a school debit card works, how credit cards work, and how to open and use a bank account. Being smart about money is not just something adults need to do — kids can learn to be wise savers, careful spenders, and smart consumers, too.
Along the way, you'll learn neat facts, awesome tricks, and rad things to do with money!