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"Kids grow up and leave home to make their own way in the world. That's the way it's supposed to be. But these days, 85 percent of them come back to live with their parents because they're broke and in debt. Don't let this happen to you. Read Raising Financially Confident Kids today, put Mary Hunt's simple, time-tested financial plan for kids into action tomorrow, and you'll be on your way to growing money-smart kids!"--Dr. Kevin Leman, New York Times bestselling author of Have a New Kid by Friday


One of the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to handle their money. Unfortunately, for most of us, giving our kids a financial education is an afterthought. Where do you start? And what if you don't feel financially confident yourself?

In Raising Financially Confident Kids, financial expert Mary Hunt draws from solid statistics and her own hard-won knowledge and experience as a mom who made it back from the brink of financial ruin to help you teach your children how to handle money responsibly. From preschool through the teen years, every stage of your child's development is covered, including how to talk to them about money at each age, how to help them start saving money and giving it away, and how to avoid the pitfalls of easy credit and a culture built on debt.

Money can't buy your children happiness. But giving them the skills to manage their money will allow them to take control of their future and work toward successful and satisfying lives.


Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author, syndicated columnist and sought-after motivational speaker who created a global platform that is making strides to help men and women battle the epidemic impact of consumer debt. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof Living, which features financial tools, resources, and information for her online members. Her books have sold more than a million copies and her daily newspaper column is nationally syndicated through Creators Syndicate, and is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Everyday Cheapskate readers. Hunt speaks widely on personal finance and has appeared on shows such as Good Morning America, Oprah, Dr. Phil, and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in California.

About the Author

Mary Hunt is an award-winning and bestselling author, a syndicated columnist, and a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle the epidemic of consumer debt. She is founder and publisher of the interactive website Debt-Proof Living,

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Product Details

  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Revell; Reprint edition (August 1, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0800721411
  • ISBN-13: 978-0800721411
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.6 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (64 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #98,984 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Mary Hunt is the award-winning and bestselling author of more than 23 books, as well as a sought-after motivational speaker who helps men and women battle debt. She is founder and publisher of Debt-Proof Living, a highly regarded and popular consumer organization consisting of an interactive website, monthly newsletter and personal finance tools. Hunt's books have sold more than one million copies, and her syndicated daily newspaper column is enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Everyday Cheapskate readers nationwide. She speaks widely on consumer finance topics and has appeared on shows such as The Today Show, Oprah, Good Morning America, Dr. Phil, Fox and Friends and Focus on the Family. She and her husband live in Southern California.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lollipops on August 2, 2012
Format: Paperback
RAISING FINANCIALLY CONFIDENT KIDS is a book that all parents need to read - from start to finish - whether they are wise money managers or not. Children are growing up bombarded with commercials that credit cards can buy happiness--whatever you want. You can have it now. They don't tell you that you'll be paying hundred or thousands of dollars interest on your credit card debt if you don't pay it in full every month.

One of the most important lessons you can teach your child is basic financial skills. And for those who have credit card debt and student loan debt, they can involve their children in the paying down the debt, showing them how much interest they're paying...

Ms. Hunt shows us how she went from being a mom on the brink of financial ruin to someone who is now a money management expert. Whether your children are preschoolers or teens, this book has guidelines to help you teach them.

I was raised with a financially savvy mom and most of the things mentioned in this book is common sense. I'm trying to encourage my college age sons that they don't need credit cards, save their financial aid for needed items, don't spend it all in one place just in case they have car bills, etc. and I'm trying to teach my younger daughters that if we don't have the cash money for it we don't buy it.

If you are wanting your children to learn to manage money wisely, (and learn along with them) you will want to read RAISING FINANCIALLY CONFIDENT KIDS. Highly recommended.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Cindy Loven on August 7, 2012
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Have you ever just seen a book, and wondered where was this book twenty years ago? This book is one of those books. After I started reading it, I was really wishing I had this book when my children were babies. Now my son is an adult and I am thinking, is there any way to apply these principles to help him. Still studying on that one.

This is a book every parent of young children should have in their hands. It is a life tool. Truthfully I think this is an ideal baby shower gift. Even as an adult you can learn from this book.

A great book, easy to read, quick read! You will not want to miss this life tool!

The back of this book states that "the most important lessons you can teach your kids is how to handle their money." This statement says it all about this book. This book will show you how to do that very thing!

Put this book on your reading list, especially if you are the parent of younger children. 204 pages US $12.99 5 stars.

Available August 2012 from your favorite seller of Revell Books, a division of Baker Publishing Group.

This book was provided for review purposes only, no payment was received for this book.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Miss Linda on April 17, 2013
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After reading Mrs. Hunt's book, I decided to start my teenagers on the financial plan she suggests--which basically involves giving THEM the money I would normally spend on them ANYWAY in a month's time and allowing them the freedom to manage it. Scary? Definitely! It's working great for my responsible, thrifty daughter--not so great for my immature, spend-every-dime-I-get son. As she says in the book, though--I have to keep my mouth shut and give him time to figure it out. I was not in any way prepared to handle my own finances even after I graduated from college. I do not want my children to make the same mistakes. So...trying Hunt's method was certainly worth considering. I guess "time will tell" if it worked or not?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Theresa Haskins on August 12, 2012
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I wanted to read this book for one main reason - to teach my children how to manage their finances. When I was a child, my parents never taught me; but there were a lot of things parents didn't teach their children that I am grateful we teach our children now!

I remember getting myself into trouble financially because I didn't want to tell my children I didn't have the money to buy something. Nowadays, I include them in the decision making. I teach them that we have a certain amount to spend on "us" over a two week period (my pay days) and when we choose to spend it all in the first week, we don't have anything left to spend in the second. It's truly amazing how they accept the idea and we move on to doing something that's free. We are learning to enjoy what we have together.

I love the way this book breaks down age appropriate teachings, but doesn't forget to mention that every family is different (and every plan can be personalized to fit your individual family!). I also like the step by step processes, lists, and question and answer sections.

I became a grandmother this past Friday evening (August 10th) and plan to pass this book on to my son and his wife. To be honest, they could teach me a thing or two about finances - they are extremely disciplined and have already mentioned their intention of teaching their daughter how to be financially responsible.

Available August 2012 at your favorite bookseller from Revell, a division of Baker Publishing Group.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Scott on April 2, 2013
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I heard about this book when the author was on Focus on the Family. It sounded good, but I've heard lots of financial advice that sounded good, only to get to the very lacking meat and potatoes of the argument, so to speak. This book not only sounded good, but the 'meat and potatoes' of the advice was great! I liked the book so much I ordered it for two friends of mine who have also have kids around the same age as mine, and we all set the system up together. It is working great, and my child is making good decisions and learning responsibility about money. They used to teach some of this when I was in Jr. High in home ec, but nothing this complete. There's nothing like letting your kids learn responsibility and make real life mistakes while still under your protection. Better a $60 mistake now than a $60,000 mistake when they get out into the world as young adults.

The author sets up excellent scenarios and gives great advice on how to set up your kids' "salary", create a budget for them, let them make their own decisions (and their own mistakes), and generally learn how to manage money; so by they time they reach adulthood, they control the money - it does not control them.

I would highly recommend this book to anyone with a child in 6th or 7th grade - hell, even younger, because as the author states, it's almost never to early to start learning how to manage finances.
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