Teaching Money Skills & Workshops for Teens

H&R Block and DoSomething teamed up to create amazing resources for parents and teens for Financial Literacy Month. They sponsored this post, and an awesome giveaway for readers. Keep reading for more info!  

Teaching kids financial literacy skills can have a huge impact on their lives. They will make savvier financial decisions, save more, and their money skills will make it easier to achieve their goals and dreams. This month is Financial Literacy Month so it’s the perfect time to think about what and how you are teaching your kids about money.

Despite how important financial skills are most schools barely touch on this subject, and parents often fail to teach financial skills and basic money management to their children. For most of us it’s not an easy topic to teach especially if you are experiencing financial difficulty yourself. Some parents also feel uncomfortable talking money with their kids, and may wait too long to have the money ‘talk’.

In our house it’s an ongoing conversation. It started when they were barely speaking and wanted something at every store, and now that are all older it’s become a conversation about financial timing, how much we can spend on wants, and teaching them to manage their own money wisely. We’re never ‘done’ with the conversation. It’s kind of like the rest of parenting, am I right? 😉

Having resources available to help you share money skills with kids is essential. That’s why I’m excited to share these clever resources available from H&R Block Dollars and Sense and DoSomething.org. Not only do they provide great information for parents and kids, but there are also  opportunities  for money savvy teens to lead workshops and win scholarships ($1,000-$10,000)!

My favorite download has to be “The Craziest Thing I Did to Save Money Pocket Guide.” It’s a fun and fact-filled guide for teens (and parents too!). The guide is filled with tips on saving/spending, credit cards, loans, and more.

DoSomething H&R Block Handbooks

Additionally there are 3 workshop lessons on student loans, credit cards and budgeting with awesome names like “I Got 99 Payments and a Loan is One.” A little funny, and a lot of great information is combined in these worksheets for teens and parents.

They are the perfect tool for parents to use in teaching their teens about finance, as well as for teens to learn or teach money skills.

You can download these handy workbooks, learn more about scholarships and hosting your own workshops at  dosomething.org/save.

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Now it’s your turn to tell me. What’s the craziest thing you (or your teen) has done to save money?

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of H&R block, but all opinions are my own.  

About Kelly

Kelly Whalen is the founder and editor of the Centsible Life blog. She started the blog 6 years ago as her family faced a mountain of debt. The blog became a resource to readers and a hub for everything you need in life for less. Kelly lives in the Philadelphia area with her superhero husband, 4 awesome kids, and one adorable dog. She still believes you can have it all....just not all at once.


  1. Candice says

    I have bought so many of one thing if it’s on sale before. I remember buying 25 jars of salsa at once one time, because we eat a lot of it and it was a crazy deal. Got quite a few weird looks for that one.

  2. Laurajj Jacobson says

    Oh sometimes when something is really a good price that we use all the time for meals, if there is a limit…I will go to two or three of the stores around us to stock up.
    landfjacobson @ charter.net

  3. says

    I think the “craziest” things people do don’t actually save money. In college, we used to risk life and limb walking miles into the metro-inaccessible parts of Oakland late at night to get six happy hour tacos for two dollars. How much better could I have done had those two friends and I pooled our money and got some actual supplies at the grocery store? Never mind that the bar really stretched the definition of what one might call a taco…

  4. Jessie C. says

    The craziest thing I’ve done to save money is to agree to shop on Black Friday years ago with my sisters. On the snowy, severe weather Black Friday, I went out and waited for two hours in line for a laptop.

  5. Nichola Gonzalez says

    When I was single & lived alone. I would cook all my meals for the week at once. I’d put everything in the oven together. it saved time & money.

  6. Nancy says

    In high school I ate the same cafeteria lunch every day: a bowl of vegetable soup (cafeteria leftovers remade) and a yeast roll and saved about half the lunch money my parents gave me.

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