Money Habitudes: How To Be Rich In Life & Love Wins Excellence In Financial Literacy Education Award

Engaging and innovative financial education curriculum with a focus on the psychology of money and behavioral economics helps teens with personal finances and relationships.

The Dibble Institute and LifeWise Strategies announce that their collaboration, Money Habitudes: How To Be Rich in Life & Love, has won this year's Excellence in Financial Literacy Education (EIFLE) Award for Children's Education Program of the Year in the Financial Responsibility and Decision Making category. Awards were presented at this week's Annual Conference on Financial Education, held in Orlando.

The EIFLE financial education award is bestowed by the Institute for Financial Literacy. It acknowledges innovation, dedication, and the commitment of those that support financial literacy education. Money Habitudes: How To Be Rich in Life & Love: A curriculum about money and relationships, introduces teens to the human, emotional side of money. With a behavioral economics approach, the teen financial literacy curriculum is an important precursor to financial literacy courses. The engaging personal finance curriculum helps teens identify their personal finance patterns, how these affect their goals and relationships, and ways to use this financial self-assessment to be more successful.

"Money is such an important issue for teens - both in terms of how they relate to others and how they establish their lifelong saving and spending habits. It's a great honor for our financial education curriculum to be recognized by the Institute for Financial Literacy," noted, Kay Reed, Executive Director of The Dibble Institute.

How To Be Rich in Life & Love includes a teacher guide, student workbook journal, CD, posters, and Money Habitudes cards, the foundation of the program. A hands-on teaching tool, Money Habitudes cards are a fun, instructional game that functions as both a financial ice breaker and a money conversation starter. First released in 2003, separate versions of the durable Money Habitudes cards are designed for adults, young adults and teens (high school); an adult version is also available in Spanish. The cards are widely used in programs focused on financial education, asset building, life skills, marriage and relationship education, financial planning, and career counseling.

"It is often very difficult for people to talk about money. The idea behind Money Habitudes was to make talking about money fun and to help people understand their money type in an engaging, nonjudgmental, non-threatening way - whether they are adults or high school students," said Syble Solomon, the creator of Money Habitudes. "It's been very rewarding to partner with The Dibble Institute to help teens learn about money and especially how money messages can affect relationships."

Last year, the financial literacy cards were chosen as The Washington Post's personal finance selection of the month. Previously, Solomon was named Educator of the Year by the Association for Financial Counseling and Planning Education for developing the tool. She also received the Smart Marriages Impact Award from the Coalition for Marriage, Family and Couples Education for effectively bridging the gap between finances and couples communication; money is the number one reason why couples fight.

The financial literacy curriculum can be used on its own or as a supplement to other personal finance and economics curricula such as FDIC's Money Smart and financial capability curricula developed by NEFE, FEFE, etc. How To Be Rich in Life & Love integrates with state and national standards for personal finance education. It is included in the national Jump$tart clearinghouse for financial education resources.

Other winners of the 2012 Excellence in Financial Literacy Education Awards include: Fastweb, Real Money Talk for Women, Cha-Ching: Money Smart Kids, MoneyIsland, and Consolidated Credit Counseling Services. Previous EIFLE Award winners include: Thrivent Financial, Feed The Pig, Pioneer Services, InCharge Education Foundation, Moonjar, Financial Finesse, Susan Beacham and Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, NEFE High School Financial Planning Program, D2D Fund, and Awesome Island.

About The Dibble Institute:
The Dibble Institute for Marriage Education, a nonprofit organization, helps young people learn how to create healthy romantic relationships now and in the future. The institute offers tools for teaching the practical skills essential for enhancing friendships, dating and love. Just as important, it assists teens in creating the personal vision that keeps them on a positive path. Dibble's research-based, best practices programs are widely used across the country in classrooms, social agencies, after-school programs and other youth settings. Dibble also actively advocates for including relationship education in school curricula. The Institute is nonpartisan and nonsectarian. Funding for its activities comes from sales of educational materials, training and consulting services. It enjoys support from government grants and gifts from foundations, corporations and individuals.