To celebrate the release of by Sarah Wassner Flynn, featuring a special forward by financial educator Alvin Hall, blogs across the web are hosting exclusive excerpts from this ultimate book of all things money, as well as 5 chances to win a copy!
A note from internationally renowned financial educator, television and radio broadcaster and bestselling author, Alvin Hall
A rare 1969 penny sold for $24,000
· The first coins were bronze, not gold or silver
· The British pound is the oldest continually used currency in the world
· There are eight features on the U.S. dollar that represent the original 13 colonies
· There are 54 different countries in Africa – and 15 of them use the same currency
· The largest denomination ever is a 100,000 peso note issued in the Philippines
These are all fun facts about money. But learning about money can be practical, too. Money fascinates almost everyone and in many different ways. As we grow up, that fascination usually changes from accumulating fun facts to accumulating actual money. This shift generally occurs when we start earning money—usually as an allowance or from doing chores. Understandably, our first desire is to spend: We want to use the money we’ve accumulated to get something we want badly—anything from a trendy item of clothing or the newest computer game. How satisfying is that!
As we develop, we begin to see and feel that money is also associated with other desires and ambitions as well as a sense of well-being in life. Budgeting, saving, and then investing become priorities.
Here’s the first secret I will share with you: You don’t have to understand everything about money at one time. You can learn whatever money-related topic or strategy that is important in your life when you need to or when you are curious about it. Like putting money in a savings account, this knowledge is cumulative, making you smarter at each stage.
Here’s the second secret: The more comfortable you are with money and the more you understand that your self-control is part of bringing out the magic in money, you will be able to do good things for yourself and others with the knowledge you continually accumulate.
Author of the award-winning children’s book Show Me the Money
Cha-ching! Learn everything adults wish they knew about
money when they were kids―and more―including how to make it, save it, and
While money certainly isn’t everything, one fact is true: No matter where you live in the world, money is a basic necessity. From the clothes on your back to the food on your plate, chances are, money is somehow involved in almost all of your day-to-day activities.
In this book you’ll discover exactly what money is, along with:
·How society went from bartering to using bucks
· Basics of saving (including some brilliant hacks), investing, and interest
· What “credit” really means
· Inventive ways to get your ideas flowing and money growing
· What the stock market is, and how money moves around the world today
· Ins and outs of cryptocurrency and other “new” money
· The importance of giving back―one of the best things a fiscally responsible global citizen can do
· Why being smart with money = a big step toward independence
So jump in, and find out the mind-blowing secrets and stats about money!
About the Author
SARAH WASSNER FLYNN is a longtime writer for
National Geographic Kids. She loves writing, running, and triathlons. When
she's not writing about races, she's usually training or competing in one. She
also writes nonfiction books and articles for kids and teens, like National Geographic Kids National Park Guide
U.S.A., This Book Stinks!, Weird But True Know-It-All Greek Mythology,
and Girls' Life Guide to Being the Most
About the Foreword Writer
ALVIN HALL is an internationally recognized, award-winning financial educator, author, and television and radio host. He’s the author of the best-selling financial advice books You and Your Money, Your Money or Your Life, What Not to Spend, Getting Started in Mutual Funds, and his 2008 children’s book Show Me the Money. In 2006, he was awarded the Wincott Award for business journalism for his 2006 documentary Jay-Z: From Brooklyn to the Boardroom about the life of rapper Jay-Z. In addition, he was the longtime host of the award-winning BBC radio finance program Your Money or Your Life.
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