Question of the Day: What is the most popular New Year's resolution for 2019?
Answer: Exercise more
Here are the top five:
- Do you think that making New Year's resolutions are a good idea? Explain.
- Do you have any New Year's resolutions? If so, what are they? If not, why not?
- What are some strategies that you can use to make resolutions stick? Have you had success with these in the past?
Behind the numbers (from the Denver Channel):
In 2019, about 38 percent plan to make this [exercise more] their No. 1 resolution — down from 41 percent in 2018. More people are going to focus on saving money: 37 percent are making this their resolution, up 6 percent from 2018. Others will resolve to make new friends (11 percent), get a new job or hobby (12 percent) and find love (7 percent). And a lot more folks are resolving to travel: 24 percent, according to Offers.com. That's more than the 18 percent who put it as a priority at the beginning of last year.
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Looking for activities to help your students see the importance of personal finance on that first day of class? Here are a few teacher favorites:
- In the simulation, SPENT, students experience what it feels like to live paycheck to paycheck and also can see the value of education to avoid being stuck in minimum wage jobs. They will immediately understand why having an emergency fund is important as they struggle to survive for 30 days.
- Alexa Van Tobel, an entrepreneur who sold her company Learnvest for over $250 million provides a convincing answer to the question of why personal finance matters in this video: https://www.youtube.
- I did a podcast with an educator, Elizabeth Justema, who describes how she sets the tone in her first class (go to 17:22). Here's the unit that she created on money values which she describes in the podcast.
- Here are some activities that other teachers like for the first day of class.
About the Author
Tim's saving habits started at seven when a neighbor with a broken hip gave him a dog walking job. Her recovery, which took almost a year, resulted in Tim getting to know the bank tellers quite well (and accumulating a savings account balance of over $300!). His recent entrepreneurial adventures have included driving a shredding truck, analyzing executive compensation packages for Fortune 500 companies and helping families make better college financing decisions. After volunteering in 2010 to create and teach a personal finance program at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, Tim saw firsthand the impact of an engaging and activity-based curriculum, which inspired him to start a new non-profit, Next Gen Personal Finance.
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