Do You See a Money Tree? (Review and closed Giveaway)

Congratulations to the winners: Maya Wade, Penny Minding Mom, Deanna T, Shari G, tinatchick!

We received a copy of Do You See a Money Tree?, an activity guide about money for children written by Ellen Roseman, the Toronto Star’s personal finance and columnist, for review.

I was excited to see this book, as teaching our children money sense is something that is very important to me. We are living in a “gimme” society these days where many children are growing up thinking that money does grow on trees. I can’t believe how many toys our children have compared to what we had when we were young. Things like going out for dinner, is an experience that many families are lucky enough to enjoy on a regular basis, but this was not the case years ago.

I feel that because we are fortunate enough to enjoy all of these luxuries, it is also extremely important to teach our children how to handle money in a responsible manner. Many of us rely on credit, loans and “don’t pay until….” opportunities a little too much (in my opinion) and therefore many of us tend to live beyond our means. This gives our children a false sense of money.

It is our responsibility as parents to teach our children the true value of money and that it doesn’t grow on trees. We cannot just buy whatever we want whenever we want. We must earn money, save money and be responsible with money. And once again, the good old saying, “be a role model for your children” is true.

Congratulations to the winners: PennyMindingMom, Lisa, Deanna T., Shari Goss and tinatchick!

Please don’t think that my opinion is to never purchase something on credit or to never take a loan. That is not what I am trying to say. I just believe that we should help our children learn the responsible way to use money.

I might smell another blog post in the works here……I’ll stop before I go on any further!

The idea behind the activity guide, Do You See a Money Tree, is to provide children with a fun activity book that teaches them about the importance of saving money along with making “sense” of dollars and cents at the same time.

Included in the book are lessons that help children learn how to develop a budget, understand the difference between needs and wants and shows them how not just how to earn money, but also to make it last.

This book has been targeted for children aged 7-14, although my personal opinion is that at seven, many of the concepts in the book are rather difficult to grasp at that age. The activities in the book require a certain concentration and maturity that a child at the age of seven typically does not have. Having said that, I do think this activity book is an amazing opportunity for children slightly older!

I really like the activities within the book. All of the concepts inside the book are important ones to learn like borrowing money, investing and deciding the difference between needs and wants.

And now for the giveaway…would you like the opportunity to win a copy of Do You See a Money Tree? for your child?!

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Products for review are provided free of cost to Multi-Testing Mommy by the manufacturer or a representing PR agency. Opinions expressed belong to Multi-Testing Mommy and are NOT influenced in any way.

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11 Responses to Do You See a Money Tree? (Review and closed Giveaway)

  1. Good morning. How goes your day? Well after speaking to you via email yesterday I spent about ohhhh 4 hours trying to fix my blog lmao.. removed about 300 flags and put smaller flags in their place. Then deleted some widgets i figured were not needed. I still don’t know if the speed issues are any better as I am away on holidays in a resort that has horrible wifi anyways. Was wondering whenever you get time if you would be able to hop on by again and see if its any faster for you. I would so so very much love your feedback again.

    Thanks a million


  2. Maya says:

    I’ve been talking to my husband about the exact same things! I can’t get over how many toys our kids have and that they just want more, more, more. “I want…” is a very common phrase in our house that we are working hard to correct.
    Thanks for this great post. Nice to know others see this too!


  3. My daughter is 4. She does get an allowance. She gets nickles for completing her chore chart, which adds up to about $3 a week.
    This workbook sounds fantastic. I would love to win a copy and set it aside for when my girls are older.

  4. Erin says:

    She is 7..and no allowance yet

  5. Jayda says:

    2 and allowance yet but we have started talking about it and a chore chart….

  6. lisa says:

    4 & 2; no allowance yet, but we are talking about it soon

  7. Tinatchick says:

    My kids are 7 & 5 and no allowance yet

  8. jollyvi says:

    4month old? haha. but i might give her an allowance of $1 per wk for her to save. 😛

  9. Shairbearg says:

    My kids are: 5, 3, and 1, and we haven’t started doing allowances yet, but we are planning on doing them eventually. But not for tasks they need to do anyways, it would be for helping with the family chores, not for cleaning their room, and picking up their toys.

  10. My daughter is almost two and we haven’t started giving her an allowance although we set aside money every month to put into her bank account. When she turns two we are planning on giving her 2.00 a week and out of that we want her to give some to the collection plate at church, put some away for savings and the rest is for her to do what she wants. We know she is really young, but we wanted to start early so that the grows up learning the value of money!

  11. Heather says:

    They are 6 and 2. No allowance yet.
    hschonrock at yahoo dot com

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