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A Beginner’s Guide to Securing Your Financial Future

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Building Wealth in the Classroom

Explore this site for tools that facilitate personal financial education in the high school or college classroom.

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The Texas Legislature mandated the teaching of personal finance education in the economics high school classroom. The Texas State Board of Education approved Building Wealth as one of the resources that meets this mandate.

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Online Guide

With the Building Wealth online guide you can:

  • Learn about the people of Building Wealth
    • Explore their various financial situations and related topics
    • See how each character sets goals, budgets, builds credit and controls debt
    • Review what they (and you) have learned
  • Try out interactive forms and tools (available in web, PDF or Excel versions) on
    • Defining personal wealth
    • Using a balance sheet to determine net worth
    • Setting financial goals
    • Tracking daily spending
    • Creating a budget
    • Planning an investment strategy
    • Controlling debt
  • Navigate between tools/resources and chapter content
  • Easily access glossary and resource links

The online guide also contains the information and resources available in the printed guide pdf.

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Printed Guide

The Building Wealth printed guide includes:

  • Lessons with examples of how the people of Building Wealth set goals, budget, build credit and control debt (see the online guide for more in-depth exploration of each character and their financial situations)
  • Paper forms that help you learn how to
    • Define personal wealth
    • Use a balance sheet to determine net worth
    • Set financial goals
    • Track daily spending
    • Create a budget
    • Plan an investment strategy
    • Control debt
  • A comprehensive glossary and resource list in the back of the guide

The printed guide is available for download in English pdf and Spanish pdf.

Lesson Plans

Budget to Save

Save and Invest

Build Credit

Take Control of Debt

Protect Your Wealth

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Building Wealth: A Beginner’s Guide to Securing Your Financial Future may be reproduced in whole or in part for training purposes, provided it includes credit to the publication and the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas.