Help Humans Save

My company, Bigger Than Your Block, has partnered with Financial Footprint to sponsor a Financial Education Month contest we call “Help Humans Save”. Basically, you submit your best 2 min money tip (hint: we like funny, edutainment videos) via video for a chance to win a $250 Grand Prize and a $150 Fan Favorite Prize.

Submissions will be accepted until Friday, April 15th. Visit http://www.HelpHumansSave.com for all the details. Please share, FB, Tweet, email everyone you know. It’s everyone’s responsibility to help humans save! =)

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BTW … check out my bio. I rock! LOL

Teens Want It

According a study conducted by Charles Schwab, “nearly 9 in 10 say they want to learn how to make their money grow (89 percent). Two-thirds (65 percent) believe learning about money management is ‘interesting,’ and 60 percent say that learning about money management is one of their top priorities.” Do you know what that means? Young people want to learn about spending plans, acquiring appreciating assets, and creating emergency funds.

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The key to guiding students is making all the tried and true information about personal finance apply to every day life. It’s not that there are any new ideas about money management under the sun. Oh, there are folks that will try to tell you there are. Those folks are liars. The same old strategies work the best:

Don’t spend more than you earn.
Put your money into appreciating assets.
Invest for retirement as early as you can.
Etc.
Etc.

The challenge is getting these stogy old ideas to the younger generations in a fresh way. You’ve told your students/children/relatives to set goals for themselves, right? Have you every put it in the context of rapper 50 Cent’s career? You’ve talked to them about creating a budget, but you explained the merits of spending plans? Sometimes it’s not what you say, it’s the way you say it. You think they’re not listening, but they are. You think they don’t see your behaviors, but they do. Teens want to know more about financial literacy. Meet them half way.

Financial Tips from 50 Cent

As you know, I’ve partnered with Shalena Diva to provide financial education tips to her audience. Many of us have seen the photos of 50 Cent after he lost all that weight for a new role, but how many of us thought about the financial lessons that we could learn from it? There are 3 lessons to be learned from 50’s weight loss and I share them in this week’s video for Shalena Divas’s site.

Watch the video here.

May Newsletter

In case you missed it, here’s the May Newsletter. So many good things are going on that I had to make a video! My second book on personal finance will be available soon, my new eBook “Guerrilla Financial Tactics’ has been downloaded almost 700 times, I’m giving they keynote at Become New’s Money & Emotion event, I’m speaking at Greater Mt. Olive’s Juneteenth event, and I’m looking forward to teaching Master Your Money: Increase Your Credit Score & Decrease Your Debt at Riverside Community College.


View the May Newsletter here.

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$10,000 Scholarship from Penny Arcade

Each year Penny Arcade recognizes one student shown to have the most potential to positively impact the game industry via a $10,000 academic scholarship.

FAQ
Am I eligible for the scholarship?

As long as you meet the following criteria, yes!

1. Must be a full-time student attending an accredited college or university in the United States during the 2009-2010 academic school year (you must be currently enrolled in a program to be eligible; high school seniors are not eligible).
2. Must have the intention to enter the game industry in some capacity.
3. Major: Any field.
4. GPA: 3.3 minimum on a 4.0 scale.

Can I apply for someone else or on behalf of someone else?
No. The application and letter must be completed by the intended recipient of the scholarship.

When will the winner be notified?
A congratulatory letter will be sent in July of 2009. The award is contingent upon your written acceptance, to be returned within three weeks of the date of the letter.

What if I have a question that isn’t on this FAQ?
Feel free to send an email to scholarship@penny-arcade.com

$10,000 Scholarship for Video Entry

Tuition Tales

Think you or someone you know deserves $10,000 for college? Tell us about it – in a 30-second video. Make us laugh. Make us cry. Make money for college. Three $10,000 winners will be chosen in this video contest. You could be one of them! Are you saving for college, in college now or paying back student loans? Tell us your Tuition Tales today