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Financial Literacy Month & Money Smart Week Resources: Personal Finance 101

The purpose of this guide is to assist library patrons and users learn the basics of financial literacy and the banking & financial systems.

Personal Finance 101

SC Economics Student Competitions

Economic Poster Contest and Calendar

The Economic Poster Contest showcases elementary and middle school students' economic knowledge.

Sixteen of the illustrations will be selected for publication in the Economic Concepts Calendar.

SC Stock Market Game

SC Economics is proud to make the Stock Market Game program available to teachers and students in South Carolina.

The Game provides an active motivating program for teaching fundamental economic concepts.

SC Young Entrepreneur Award

The SC Young Entrepreneur Award recognizes elementary, middle and high school students for their accomplishments in entrepreneurship.

SCEconomic Challenge

Teams of up to four students compete in a series of challenging tests of their economic understanding and reasoning abilities.Any student enrolled in an economics course during the 2012-2013 school year is eligible.

SC Finance Challenge

The SC FinanceChallenge is an opportunity for students to demonstrate their knowledge of Personal Finance by competing with other students across the state in a multiple-choice examination.

Planning for Retirement

AARP Retirement Planning
An excellent source of tips and tools on retirement planning from the American Association of Retired Persons.

CNNMoney on Retirement
Provides a guide to retirement and retirement calculators.

FINRA Retirement Resources
Retirement investing resources for employers and employees.

MSN MoneyCentral on Retirement
Questions and answers about retirement planning.

Retirement Savings Education Campaign
The U.S. Department of Labor provides information for employees, small businesses, and employers about saving for retirement and the tools to get started.

Top 10 Ways to Prepare for Retirement
From the U.S. Department of Labor Employee Benefits Security Administration.

Social Security Retirement Information
Includes a retirement planner, benefit calculators, and application for Social Security retirement benefits.

Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement promotes financial security through education and advocacy.

Yahoo Finance on Retirement
Includes articles, how-to guides, and calculators for retirement planning.

Personal Finance 101 for Kids & Teens




U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change
Fun ways for children to learn about coins and the U.S. Mint.

Talking Cents
Sesame Street Magazine issue on teaching financial basics to young children.

Federal Reserve Kids Page
Basic information for kids about the Federal Reserve System.

Practical Money Skills
Test your financial skills with these games!

Treasury Direct
Fun money games! Test your saving and money memory!

You Are Here
Interactive site from the Federal Trade Commission for teaching kids to be smarter consumers. Aimed at kids from 5th through 8th grades.

Jumpstart's Reality Check
Calculate the amount of money you'll need to live the kind of life you want.

Money Math: Lessons for Life
Four lessons on personal finance for grades 7 through 9.

Other South Carolina Financial Resources

SC Economics is a non-profit business-education partnership dedicated to providing teachers with continuing education in economics and personal finance.
To make South Carolina a better place to live by advocating for and ensuring that K-12 teachers are well-prepared to educate and empower South Carolina's youth with economic education and financial literacy.
Company Overview
SC Economics is a non-profit business-education partnership dedicated to providing teachers with continuing education in economics and personal finance. SC Economics was established in 1975 to help ensure that all South Carolina students leave high school with a sound foundation in economic principles, an understanding of our economy and how it works, and a strong appreciation for the American free enterprise system.

SC Economics's mission is to help South Carolina’s young people learn to think, choose, and function successfully in a changing and challenging global economy. The council believes that the most effective way to make a difference in the lives of young people is by teaching their teachers how to make economic and personal financial decision-making skills come alive in the classroom, and to equip those teachers with excellent standards-based materials.

SC Economics offices are located at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina in Columbia. SC Economics and its six Centers for Economic Education are affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education.

College and Savings planning

College Savings Plans Network
A nonprofit association dedicated to making a college education
affordable and accessible. 

College Savings Resources
Learn about 529 Plans and other college savings options.

One of the oldest and largest scholarship sites.

FinAid! Smart Student Guide to Financial Aid
Comprehensive source of student financial aid information, advice and
tools. Saving for College
Guides, alerts, 529 Plan analyzer, tools and resources.

Saving for College
Top performing 529 plans, financial aid basics, comparisons, and

Request a free credit report once every 12 months from the only
authorized online source for free credit reports under federal law.

Consumer’s Guide to Credit Cards
Guide to credit cards from the Federal Reserve, including information on
new credit card rules.

Credit Reports and Credit Scores
Concise explanation of credit scores, reports, and errors, with useful links
to consumer help and bilingual resources.

Federal Trade Commission Fair Debt Collection
Commonly asked questions about your rights under the Fair Debt
Collection Practices Act, with information about filing a complaint with
the FTC.

Get More Money Now
Credit and debt basics, credit management, and Earned Income Tax Credit
information from the Better Business Bureau.

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