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Carole Bozworth
Family Financial Education Specialist

Suzanne Gellman
Family Financial Education Specialist

Janet LaFon
Family Financial Education Specialist

Making Money Count is a curriculum designed to help participants improve their overall economic well-being. This flexible curriculum can be used one-on-one or in group settings. Units can stand alone or can be combined with other units to provide a money management program or course. 

Each unit in Making Money Count includes additional resources to supplement learning, offer real life examples and reinforce the curriculum’s text. Teaching outlines help the presenter decide which activity or handouts will be the most beneficial based on presentation variations.

The curriculum can be used for multiple purposes:

  • To serve as a reference for people who need information about a specific topic related to financial management
  • To help people who have more specific financial needs or challenges that are not addressed in handouts and activities
  • To supplement programs already developed
  • To support the creation of targeted programs
  • To help volunteer presenters and subject matter experts with presentation materials

For each of the eight units, teaching outlines and PowerPoint presentations have been developed with detailed speaker notes. These are available on the CD that accompanies the curriculum as well as in the curriculum notebook. Some units offer different length presentations to allow for maximum flexibility and audience and time variations.

Facilitators may reproduce handouts and activities, which are available on the accompanying CD-ROM.
The curriculum is generally applicable for audiences in any state, but it does contain sections that are specific to Missouri. Where Missouri state law applies, the curriculum provides information that might not apply in other states. In these instances, reference is made using the phrase, “In Missouri” or “for Missourians.” A user from a different state would need to check the appropriate sources in his or her state to see how that state’s laws apply or if state laws apply.

Evaluation instruments have been developed for use at the end of each unit, as well as for 3-6 months after the class sessions have been completed. Copies of the evaluation instruments are found in the curriculum notebook as well as on the CD.

Keywords and unit topics

  • Making decisions and communicating about money
  • Spending plan
  • Credit
  • Consumer skills and contracts
  • Record keeping and taxes
  • Banking services
  • Insurance
  • Saving and investing


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Publication No. CB21