Be Smart about Shopping: The Critical Consumer and Civic Financial Responsibility

Be Smart about Shopping: The Critical Consumer and Civic Financial Responsibility

by Kathiann M. Kowalski
     
 

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Should you buy that smart phone at full price now or wait for the sale? Shopping can be fun but also stressful, especially on a teen-sized budget. That's why it's important to be a critical consumer. It's easy to spend money, but how do you save? With helpful tips and math word problems, Be Smart About Shopping will show you how to make smart financial decisions,

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Overview

Should you buy that smart phone at full price now or wait for the sale? Shopping can be fun but also stressful, especially on a teen-sized budget. That's why it's important to be a critical consumer. It's easy to spend money, but how do you save? With helpful tips and math word problems, Be Smart About Shopping will show you how to make smart financial decisions, avoid the bad deal, and get the most for your money.

Editorial Reviews

VOYA, October 2014 (Vol. 37, No. 4) - Suzanne Osman
The Internet is an exciting research tool with bright graphics, color pictures, and bite-size chunks of information. With such easy access to it, it is no wonder many students prefer online resources over print. Therefore, publishers must design their texts with Internet features. Unfortunately, the books in this Be Smart About Money and Financial Literacy series do not implement enough Internet characteristics to attract young people. There are insufficient illustrations and those uninspired few are colorless. The text is also rather dry and devoid of humor and vivacity. The target audience and purpose of these books is unclear. Each volume explores an aspect of money and future security, and while they are user-friendly enough in their vocabulary and use of examples (iphones to discuss budgeting; Twitter and Facebook to examine privacy), they include a bevy of superfluous information that is developmentally inappropriate for the general teen reader (paying yearly taxes, keeping financial documents, credit unions) and they assume prior knowledge that most teens do not possess (the recommendation of writing a will or complaint letter for damaged purchases without a sample and suggesting comparison shopping without providing strategies). On the plus side, every volume includes a glossary, Internet and book sources for further reading, and quizzes at each chapter end along with an answer key to review the information taught. Ultimately, these books are less practical guides and more nonfiction texts about financial literacy. Perhaps a secure reader writing a report on the subject might benefit, but short of this scenario, it would be beneficial to find money-oriented books that are more fun to read and provide hands-on help. (Be Smart About Money and Financial Literacy) Reviewer: Suzanne Osman; Ages 15 to 18.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780766042834
Publisher:
Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
01/01/2014
Series:
Be Smart About Money and Financial Literacy Series
Pages:
48
Product dimensions:
6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.40(d)
Lexile:
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
13 - 17 Years

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