Whether you admit it or not, managing money sounds like a hefty task. Pouring elements of entertainment can may get your attention. On that note, here are some money-related games that you must try.
This list won’t be complete without Monopoly! I remember playing this board game as a child. At first, it was simply a way to kill boredom. Little did I know that I can develop purchasing strategies and other financial skills while playing. Put a spin to this classic game by altering some rules. For instance, you may maintain a record of each payment or deposit in the register. Then, each player will start with a mortgaged property. You must pay off the mortgages with your income. This will enable the players to learn more about the dynamics of loans.
#2: MARKET, MARKET
This exciting game shall simulate what is like to shop on a supermarket at varying levels of budget. Each player will be given a scenario, which defines the family size and the amount of money available for grocery shopping. Then, the players shall visit the nearby grocery to write down the items that they intend to “buy”. The player with the most items within a given budget wins!
#3: LOAN MASTER
If you are interested in brushing your borrowing skills then, this loan application game called Loan Master is suitable for you. The game is controlled by a facilitator. The facilitator starts with dividing the participants into two groups – the consumers and the lenders. The former will be assigned to specific incomes and expenses. They must plan for their budgets and include reasons for borrowing money such as medical or travel fees. The latter, on the other hand, includes different types of lenders such as bankers and loan sharks.
“To loan or not to loan?” is the question that the consumers must answer throughout the game. They must learn to decide whether they shall commit to a loan application or not.
#4: SIMPLE SAVER
Young adults must realize that growing one’s savings is faster when money is put in an interest earning account. Highlight the differences between saving with and without compound interest by playing the Simple Saver game. Begin by grabbing a pen, paper, calculator, and a partner. Each participant will calculate his weekly savings for a year.
Participant A is the Simple Saver who earns no interest. While, Participant B is the Super Saver who earns a 5% interest compounded daily. See the difference!