Dollars with Sense

Canadian personal debt is at a record high. Canadian youth are growing up in a time in which spending is easier than ever and debt is a way of life. This problem is exacerbated by hectic family schedules, which leave parents with little time to teach their children about money management.

How can we prepare today’s youth to avoid personal debt? 

Through the newly updated Dollars With Sense program, Grade 7-9 students get the vital tools they need to make smart financial decisions, live debt-free and become savvy investors. Students learn personal money management skills that they can apply to their lives … beginning now.

Dollars with Sense leaders make learning fun by using games and multimedia to boost students’ self-confidence and help them achieve financial literacy. Students learn about budgeting, saving, global currencies and safe online shopping.

In this one-day, interactive classroom program, students will:

  • Identify their financial needs, wants, and goals
  • Develop a money management self-profile
  • Discover what influences their spending
  • Learn how to make informed consumer decisions
  • Calculate the cost of credit
  • Prepare a budget
  • Assess the benefits and risks of online shopping, as well as learn how to avoid scams
  • Receive an introduction to the stock market and learn how wealth can grow through wise investments

By the end of the program, students will know how to evaluate their financial decisions against their goals. This prepares them to make smart, lifelong financial choices.

Achievers are 3X less likely to spend more than they earn.*

*The Boston Consulting Group (2011 report)