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Financial Literacy Month & Money Smart Week Resources: Personal Finance 101

The purpose of this guide is to assist library patrons and users learn the basics of financial literacy and the banking & financial systems.

Personal Finance 101


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  • Federal Trade Commission Fair Debt Collection
    Commonly asked questions about your rights under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act, with information about filing a complaint with the FTC.
  • Get More Money Now
    Credit and debt basics, credit management, and Earned Income Tax Credit information from the Better Business Bureau.

Other South Carolina Financial Resources

SC Economics is a non-profit business-education partnership dedicated to providing teachers with continuing education in economics and personal finance.
To make South Carolina a better place to live by advocating for and ensuring that K-12 teachers are well-prepared to educate and empower South Carolina's youth with economic education and financial literacy.
SC Economics offices are located at the Moore School of Business, University of South Carolina in Columbia. SC Economics and its six Centers for Economic Education are affiliated with the National Council on Economic Education.

Personal Finance 101 for Kids & Teens




U.S. Mint H.I.P. Pocket Change
Fun ways for children to learn about coins and the U.S. Mint.

Talking Cents
Sesame Street teaching young children financial basics.

Practical Money Skills
Test your financial skills with these games!

Treasury Direct
Fun money games! Test your saving and money memory!

You Are Here
Interactive site from the Federal Trade Commission for teaching kids to be smarter consumers. Aimed at kids from 5th through 8th grades.

College and Savings Planning

SC Economics Student Competitions

South Carolina offers several economic student competitions. We've highlighted some below.

  • Economic Poster Contest and Calendar
    The Economic Poster Contest showcases elementary and middle school students' economic knowledge. Sixteen of the illustrations will be selected for publication in the Economic Concepts Calendar.
  • SC Stock Market Game
    SC Economics is proud to make the Stock Market Game program available to teachers and students in South Carolina. The Game provides an active motivating program for teaching fundamental economic concepts.
  • SC Young Entrepreneur Award
    The SC Young Entrepreneur Award recognizes elementary, middle and high school students for their accomplishments in entrepreneurship.

Planning for Retirement

  • AARP Retirement Planning
    An excellent source of tips and tools on retirement planning from the American Association of Retired Persons
  • FINRA Retirement Resources
    Retirement investing resources for employers and employees.
  • Social Security Retirement Information
    Includes a retirement planner, benefit calculators, and application for Social Security retirement benefits.
    Women's Institute for a Secure Retirement promotes financial security through education and advocacy.