Resource Lists for Financial Educators (courtesy of Barbara O’Neill of Rutgers Cooperative Extension)

What does a distinguished professor do during her sabbatical? Curate personal finance resources, of course! In this blog post, Barbara O’Neill shares the fruits of her hundreds of hours of labor in putting together three awesome resource lists (see bottom of post for links to her lists), including what what she considered the “best of the best” from the NGPF library. As she describes below, the purpose of her odyssey was to replenish her “well” of creative learning activities. I hope that your “well” overflows as you find resources that will work in your classroom. Thank you Barbara for this tremendous gift to the community! Your commitment and dedication to improving financial literacy in this country inspires us.

Quiz: Are You Getting the Best Deal on A Used Car?

Courtesy of Kiplingers, here’s an eight question quiz your students can take before looking for a used car. Here’s a sample of they types of questions asked: 

By |September 22nd, 2016|Credit Scores, Purchase Decisions, Quizzes, Research|

NGPF Podcast: Tim Talks To Gary Mottola About The State of Financial Capability in the U.S.

Gary Mottola

The FINRA Investors Education Foundation is out with the results of their 2015 National Financial Capability Study and who better to discuss the results than Gary Mottola, the head of research at the foundation. In this podcast, Gary supplies key insights from this comprehensive study including details on how millenials (and others) are managing their budgets, checking accounts, credit cards and student loan balances. He describes the quiz questions (test your knowledge here) from the study, including the question that survey participants had the most difficulty answering. Finally, he shares some surprising results about the prevalence of formal financial education programs and the impact of parental (or guardian) influences on financial knowledge. Enjoy!


If You (or Your Students) Can Answer All Five of These Questions Correctly…


…than they have more financial knowledge than 86% of the US population (according to recent National Financial Capability Study):

Question: What Is Your State of Financial Well-Being?

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Nice interactive 12 question survey (Part 1 shown above) from CFPB to engage your students to think about what constitutes financial well-being. Here is the survey and the scoring worksheet and user’s guide (page 14 helps to interpret the results).

Here are a few reflection questions for your students:

Quiz: What Do You Really Know About Paying For College?

Hat tip to my colleague Jessica for the heads-up about this WSJ Quiz: Eight Questions to Answer Before Picking a College (yes, we do actually cheer at NGPF when we find “the good stuff.”)

What is there to like about the quiz?

  • It asks your students important questions like “Which metrics will give the best sense of whether a college prepares a student to be financially successful?” and “How can I figure out roughly how much I’ll pay for a college after financial aid is taken into account?”

Question: Are Your Students Smarter Than The Average American?

You know that sports cheer “We’re #1?” Well, when it comes to personal finance, the U.S. comes in #14 according to a recent global survey of financial literacy.

Here are the five questions asked of over 150,000 adults in 148 countries:

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Take our Quiz!

Want to test your personal finance knowledge and see how you stack up? Take our quiz and find out!

By |June 15th, 2015|Payment Types, Quizzes, Uncategorized|