The Secret Millionaire’s Club | Teaching Kids About Money

Making money education fun

He wants to teach your kids about money. You should listen, too. (Photo: adpulp.com)

He wants to teach your kids about money. You should listen, too. (Photo: DIC Entertainment)

What have we learned about the way people handle money lately? Loose and lazy seems to be the general rule in America, in that people don’t tend to plan as much for the future as they should and operate on instant gratification. Lack of impulse control is common. Yet the current recession has been a deep, dark, truthful mirror of sorts, not only for ourselves but for our government. Just as we must manage our money well and make informed decisions, the government needs to do the same and stop shoveling problems under the rug. Hopefully, the Obama administration will start breaking some of the old ways.

But what about us?

Payday loans and unsecured loans offer short-term help, but what should we do over the long haul? We should look to any sources we can find to teach ourselves and our children about finance. First and foremost, it should be part of the core educational curriculum from a very early stage in schools.

However, there are other tools. For instance, Warren Buffett, the mastermind investor of Berkshire-Hathaway, has agreed to lend his voice to a new animated series called “The Secret Millionaire’s Club.” The idea behind this is to “get children to grasp basic finance lessons well before they do things like, say, agree to a risky, adjustable rate mortgage,” reports The Huffington Post.

Here’s Buffett’s idea

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If we can get through to some young people, say it’s better to be ahead of the game than behind, watch out for credit cards, most important message is the best investment you can make is in yourself. Teach them if something is too good to be true it probably is. So if they learn those things the easy way through these stories early on it may save them learning the hard way later on.

He’s definitely enthusiastic about “The Secret Millionaire’s Club.” Here’s a recent CNBC interview:

Stock market looking up

People need to know about these kinds of things. People want to know what’s going on with the stock market. Specifically, whether or not they should start investing again. On that matter, Warren Buffett has had good things to say. Now that the Dow has hit 9,000 for the first time since January, he’s weighing in: “I would much rather own equities at 9,000 on the DOW than have a long investment in government bonds or a continuously rolling investment in short term money now. Again, I don’t know where it’s going to go next week or next month.”

So according to Buffett, investors should invest now. Business may still be flat, but as Buffett puts it, “If you wait until you see the robin, spring will already be over.”

Short term money?

Payday loans and unsecured loans are short term money. If your budget has a real need for that kind of boost, you can apply right here, right now. And be sure to check out “The Secret Millionaire’s Club” when it hits a computer or television near you.

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