SNL meets Teen Finance: Weekly Family Finance Picks (#41)

We’re constantly scouring the Internet looking for articles related to family finances and teaching kids good personal finance habits. You can visit the FamZoo delicious page to see our ever growing list of family finance bookmarks. We’re up to 1239 now! Each week, we pick our favorite articles from the previous week and post them here.

OK, I have to admit: I was pretty uninspired by the family/kid finance articles over the past week. I had three candidates:

When I wandered down to the bottom of Dan’s post though, something in the comments caught my eye: M@d About TV. What is M@d About TV? Tween and teen targeted sketch comedy bits that seek to drive home one educational point at a time. Points about things like fitness, nutrition, money, and life skills.

What better way to describe M@d About than a quick video? The cast and producers describe the project in this Making of M@d About video.

Sounds intriguing.

So, in lieu of my three family finance article picks this week, I surfed the M@d About Channel on YouTube (beats workin’!) and produced this handy digest of the money related sketches (along with some square-old-Dad perspective from yours truly).

Frag Your Finances

FICAGRRL insists that CAPTAINBETTERTHANYOU74 earn compound interest on their “bootyloons”. “Geek” is a compliment where I come from, so I don’t know what all the incineration is about. By the way, MEGAINCINERATOR babysits just like my teens do.

Credit Card Protection

OK, this gives me a chuckle. I like the the blow dart in the neck. Welcome to credit card interest rates.

“Risky Love” — Spend vs Save

Yikes, 70s flashback. Is that John Travolta? Saturday Night Fever meets Twilight. Saving would look a heck of a lot more attractive with a shirt on; no wonder she goes for spending.

Priorities of the Panhandler

Dunno whether the wants/needs/priorities message sticks here, but I really love the the flip-card delivery - super clever!

Lord of the Taxes

Taxes are disturbing, and so is this video — especially the fishnet front on that dude(ette)! The message I’m getting: Taxes are about as appealing as a Lady Gaga male “in-hers-inator.”

Louise and Clark

Feels a bit like a bad SNL skit. You know, the ones in the second half hour. A loooooooong setup for the punch line (a wants vs needs message in this case). That said, I used to watch SNL every Saturday night as a teen (including the lame second half), so this might be completely on target for the teen demographic.

The Bottom Line

All in all, a big thumbs up from this old Dad. I applaud the quality effort and the mission. Still being quite juvenile at heart, I enjoyed the humor too.


Bill Dwight aka The Blog Post Author

Here's another one I just saw on their Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/MadAbout-TV/110978082287595): http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q7MadZm1XA8

There's a message about interest in there somewhere (I think)...

Dr.  Par Donahue aka The Blog Post Author

I have a chapter on finance in my new book. This book started as "Life Lessons I learned From Teenagers" and became "Messengers in Denim" Before you buy it check out my website: www.messengersindenim.com. There you can see some endorsements and bits from the book as well as my bio and a summary of the book. Then check out the reviews on Amazon. If you think it is good and can help you go ahead and buy it. I am sure you will like it! Thanks, Par

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