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Financial Literacy: Video: Personal Finance Essentials

In support of UWL's It Make$ Cents! student financial literacy campaign

Personal Finance Essentials

Personal Finance Essentials: Financial Literacy for Young Earners

A Meridian Production. 5-part series, 34 minutes each.  2011. 

"Loaded with savvy tips and real-life scenarios, this comprehensive five-part series prepares students to become responsible managers of their personal finances. Each program tackles a specific topic—budgeting, banking, credit, investing, and taxes—and breaks it down into segments that can be used as separate teaching tools, or remain as part of a complete lesson. With bright, clever graphics to clarify difficult concepts, decision-making pointers, and commentary from financial and accounting experts, the series educates viewers about the concepts and terminology vital to their financial literacy." 

A Five-part series:

  1. Budgeting and Financial Decision-Making
  2. Checking Accounts and Everyday Banking
  3. Credit, Borrowing, and Debt
  4. Saving and Investing
  5. Taxes and Tax Benefits 

2. Checking Accounts and Everyday Banking

Films on Demand - Do checking accounts earn interest? Is e-banking safe? What’s the best way to pay for things when traveling out of the country? This program schools viewers in the basics of financial transactions, then arms them with how-tos and tips for choosing a bank, writing and depositing checks, using a debit card, and balancing a checkbook.

4. Saving and Investing

1. Budgeting and Financial Decision-Making


3. Credit, Borrowing, and Debt

5. Taxes and Tax Benefits