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Financial security for tomorrow starts today.

Read more about 'Money Talk' with your kids and how to help them become money smart.

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new iconThe Gift That Actually Keeps on Giving – While the holidays are most known for gift exchanges and family feasts, they are also a great opportunity to teach children valuable lessons about a different type of giving. + more

Holiday Travel is a feat not for the faint of heart – Being with family and friends during the holiday season makes everything better. What will not make the holidays any merrier is winding up with an overdrawn bank account on January 1st. Find out what you need to know as Holiday travel season looms. + more

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Setting financial goals isn't easy, especially for college students and recent grads. So we've added a tab to help young adults prepare for financial independence.
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for teachersShare your success stories and photos of lessons that worked. Visit us for lesson planning ideas and other teaching tips to get ready for next year. + share

Did you Know?

Looking for some low cost activities for your family? Check out the community calendar at the local library.

When you're shopping, avoid impulse purchasing. Make a list. It an item's not on the list, don't buy it.

If you had ten billion $1 notes and spent one every second of every day, it would take 317 to go broke.

The word budget comes from the French "bougette", a little bag.

Despite the New York Stock Exchange's notoriety, it was not the first stock exchange in the United States.

The U.S. Treasury says that Americans hold about $15 billion in loose change.

You can save a lot of money on magazines and books by visiting your local library.

Bring food and drinks from home for after sports practice and you'll save money!

It may seem silly to buy a winter coat in August, but you can save a lot by purchasing off-season items online.

There are many ways to help others: you can give money, your time and energy or items you no longer use.

A quarter has 119 grooves on its edge, a dime has 118 grooves, according to the U.S. Mint.

Tired of old electronic games? Trade them in for different games at a video/game exchange center.

When you use a debit card, money comes out of your account immediately. It's like cash, not like a credit card.

The $ sign was designed in 1788 by Oliver Pollack.

Making a big purchase? Do your research at the library and online to make sure you are getting the best price.

When you buy a stock in a company you become a shareholder, and own a 'part' of that company.

Keep a money diary that tracks what you save and spend. It will tell you about when, why, and how you use money.

Coins usually survive in circulation for about 30 years and a one dollar bill usually lasts for about 18 months.

Almost half, 48 percent, of the notes printed by the U.S. Bureau of Engraving and Printing are $1 bills.

Martha Washington is the only women whose portrait has appeared on U.S. currency.

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Just for Moms

Tax time is here! It's not too soon to get your papers in order with our tips.

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December Shopping Savings Guide

Gift-giving may be one of the great joys of the holiday season. In fact, Americans will drop more than $450 on presents this year — a whopping 35% of the average holiday budget. The Mint has a few ideas to keep you and your wallet merry as the holiday shopping frenzy begins!