About the Author

Dan Rolando

Always enamored with learning, Dan’s parents affectionately nicknamed him “The Sponge” as a kid. After earning his Engineering Master’s from NC State University followed by six years of teaching, Dan joins NGPF to pursue his passion of inspiring financial capability in anyone who will listen. Having navigated seven years of higher education debt-free through scholarships, work, creative budgeting, and a whole lot of help, he recognizes the freedom that comes from financial independence and hopes to share that gift with others. In the (rare) times he’s not discussing finance, Dan enjoys running, reading, playing board games, spending time with his daughter, and being sous chef for his wife.

Author: Dan Rolando

EdPuzzle: Why Are Prices Going Up?

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Jan 10, 2022
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Economics, Budgeting
This week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "Why Are Prices Going Up?" highlights the issue of inflation. It explains what's behind the record increase in the prices of goods and services and why it's such a noticeable problem for consumers. Tune in to learn how you can handle this climate of increasing prices!     Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the top to view the rest of our EdPuzzle videos!  EdPuzzle...

EdPuzzle: The Hidden Cost of Joining a Gym

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Jan 05, 2022
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Personal Finance
This week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "The Hidden Cost of Joining a Gym" questions the financial wisdom of that timeless New Year's resolution to "finally go to the gym and workout more often." In this fun video, you'll learn how gyms are modeled to profit and get tips for how to make the decision that's right for your fitness AND your pocketbook!     Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the top to view the...

EdPuzzle: Will Social Security Be Around for Millennials?

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Dec 15, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Retirement
With all the news about inflation and adjustments to social security, this week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "Will Social Security Be Around for Millennials?" outlines the coming Social Security crisis and some possible ways to avert the disaster.     Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the top to view the rest of our EdPuzzle videos!  EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students...

EdPuzzle: Should the U.S. Government Balance Its Budget?

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Dec 01, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Economics, Taxes
This week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "Should the U.S. Government Balance Its Budget?" discusses this important decision the U.S. government faces every year and highlights the useful tools of both fiscal and monetary policy.     Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the top to view the rest of our EdPuzzle videos!  EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn...

EdPuzzle: I'm Young & Healthy, Can I Skip Health Insurance?

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Nov 17, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Insurance
Just in time for annual enrollment, this week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "I'm Young & Healthy, Can I Skip Health Insurance?" discusses the tradeoffs between the cost of health insurance and the risks of going without it as well as a third option for the reasonably healthy.     Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the top to view the rest of our EdPuzzle videos!  EdPuzzle is a great platform to test...

CURRICULUM UPDATES: Big Changes to TurboTax Filing Simulation

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Nov 07, 2021
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New Products
The INTERACTIVE: Intuit TurboTax Education Simulation is undergoing some big changes.    Here’s what you need to know:  The current version of the simulation and curriculum will be available to use with your students through 11/12/21.    After 11/12/21, we will be replacing the current version and curriculum with a new gamified version provided by Intuit TurboTax Education. Please reach out to Education@intuit.com if you have any further questions.  ...

EdPuzzle: The Real Cost of Bottled Water

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Nov 03, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Purchase Decisions
This week's EdPuzzle video from TwoCents titled "The Real Cost of Bottled Water?" discusses why bottled water is so popular and alternatives that can help you save money and the environment.     Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the top to view the rest of our EdPuzzle videos!  EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new...

EdPuzzle: Predatory Lending

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Oct 20, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Budgeting
This week's  EdPuzzle video titled "Predatory Lending" explains how to safe navigating the dangerous waters of all the moneylenders out there.         Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the top to view the rest of our EdPuzzle videos!  EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos regularly...

Celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month: Highlighting Jennifer Toledo

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Oct 14, 2021
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Activities
NGPF is celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month (Sept. 15 - Oct. 15) by highlighting Latinx/Hispanic leaders and educators via dedicated posts, Speaker Series’, and student activities on the NGPF blog.   This week, we’re highlighting Jennifer Toledo, content creator and founder of Talk Finances to Me, which aims to help the next generation take control of their financial journey. “My parents taught me to save, but they didn't teach me everything else,” Jennifer...

EdPuzzle: Student Loans 101

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Oct 05, 2021
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EdPuzzle Thursday, Paying for College, Student Loans
This week's  EdPuzzle video titled "Student Loans 101" explains the different choices on the menu when it comes to taking out loans for college.    Interested in more EdPuzzle videos? Visit our Video Library and type in "EdPuzzle" into the search bar at the top to view the rest of our EdPuzzle videos!  EdPuzzle is a great platform to test for knowledge while students watch a video and learn remotely. We will be releasing new EdPuzzle videos regularly here on the blog so...

Celebrating Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month: Highlighting Beatriz Acevedo

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Sep 23, 2021
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Activities
NGPF continues our celebration of Latinx/Hispanic Heritage Month by highlighting Beatriz Acevedo, president/founding partner of latinx-focused digital media company mítu and co-founder/CEO of newly launched Suma Wealth. Suma seeks to “inspire, inform and empower the Latinx community via virtual experiences,” even offering a fully-Spanish language version of the site. Beatriz is one of the leading Latina entrepreneurs in the United States and has dedicated her career to...

Curriculum Updates: Paying For College Unit Updates

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Sep 13, 2021
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New Products
Every year the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) filing period opens on October 1st. We’ve gone through our Paying For College Unit materials to make sure you’ve got the most up to date information that will help your students make the best decisions for their future.   What’s changed? Loan Rates - Every summer the Office of Federal Student Aid adjusts their loan rates. These figures are updated through all resources  for loans disbursed from...