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Savings Spree

Kids learn financial literacy through game-show action.

What parents need to know

Educational value

Kids can learn to make smart decisions about money with Savings Spree. Kids will learn about making savings choices, earning money, having a rainy day fund, avoiding spending pitfalls, and building wealthy habits. The tutorial section includes valuable information and is reading intensive. The practice round gives kids details and examples about smart money handling, and the play section is a game show where kids earn and spend money. Kids may enjoy the game show format, but the meat of Savings Spree –- teaching smart money habits –- is what makes it a learning gold mine.

Ease of play

The interface is very intuitive with useful instructions given onscreen and verbally along the way.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Small links on the parent information page lead to the publisher's websites.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Savings Spree is an educational game in the format of a game show that aims to teach kids the value of money and how money works. Each of six topics is taught through a round in a game show where the overall goal is to save money for a nest egg. Kids learn about earning or saving large amounts of money as well as about actions that save small amounts that add up over time. Kids can play all six rounds together or one at a time.

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What's it about?

SAVINGS SPREE is based on the Money Saving Generation concept for teaching kids financial responsibility. The concept uses an actual divided piggy bank with sections for SAVE, SPEND, DONATE, and INVEST to help kids choose where to put their money. The app includes resources for parents, tutorials for kids about making wise decisions about money, and a game show-like activity where kids earn, spend, and save virtual money.

Is it any good?


Savings Spree is a playful game that demonstrates basic financial concepts to kids. The important lessons of being responsible with money will seep through as they play the six game show rounds. Once kids have played a few times, they may have absorbed all the information, but the more they play, the longer they'll remember the lessons. If some rounds don't hold kids' interest, rounds can be played individually in the practice area.

Families can talk about...

  • Help your kid outline a financial plan based on the save-spend-donate-invest concept.

  • One of the game's rounds involves identifying modern U.S. coins and paper currency denominations. Have real coins and paper currency on hand for kids to practice with.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Subjects:Math: money
Social Studies: the economy
Skills:Thinking & Reasoning: decision-making, thinking critically
Self-Direction: goal-setting, self-reflection, work to achieve goals
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:April 8, 2011
Category:Educational Games
Size:17.20 MB
Publisher:Money Savvy Generation
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Parent of a 2, 3, 5, and 6 year old Written byMom of 4 Girlz May 5, 2011

Great tool to demonstrate how to save/spend money!

I purchased it as soon as I heard about it and handed it to my 6 year old. She loves it. She enjoys the lemonade stand and decorating cupcakes. My 5 year old daughter also plays it but needs a little help. They both enjoy the music and the game choices.
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