Have you ever heard of family game night? Do you want to teach your kids about money? How about spending more quality time with them too? Well, if you'd like to do either one, there is a perfect frugal solution to both.
Game nights with family and friends are fantastic. Board games can teach kids a wide range of life skills including, interpersonal communication, problem-solving, and friendly competition.
Plus, kids love playing games, especially when they have the opportunity to beat their parents. We have compiled our list of the best board games for a family game night.
Now image your game nights could help teach your children financial literacy skills as well? The key is to have fun and not let the kids realize they are being taught a valuable skill in the process. Introducing the nine best board games that will do just that!
Family Game Night Games about Money
Our list of the best family board games to teach your kids about money are in no particular order. It depends on the ages of your children, and what type of game they enjoy playing.
The classic game of Payday makes family finance fun as it reminds everyone just where the money goes. This is a game of earning and spending money! You'll make money every month, but you might spend it just as fast.
Two simple, fast-paced games to improve valuable math skills that kids will use all of their lives like making change and budgeting money. In the game, each player starts with $100 and earns money each roll (based on the value of the die). However, they also must draw markers for real-life expenses – like food and taxes – that they can choose to purchase or put back to buy later. The first person to have six “money wise” expense tokens and still have $100 in the bank is the winner!
The classic, fast-dealing property trading game. Put your token on the Go space and roll the dice to own it all in the fast-paced world of real estate. Make a move, make a deal, and make a fortune to win it all. There can be only one winner in the Monopoly game.
The Game of Life
Do you have what it takes to win The Game of Life game? You do it by choosing the life you want! Go to college, take the family path, have kids, or see what happens when unexpected twists change the game. Will you receive a fortune and lose it as quickly as you got it? Will you need a bank loan to pay a debt? Once everyone reaches the end of the game at retirement, everyone pays their debts and adds up their wealth. The player with the most money wins the game, so make sure it's you! It's all your choice when you play The Game of Life!
ACT Your Wage!
Based on Dave Ramsey's Baby Step 2: Get out of debt by paying off everything but the mortgage, the goal of this board game is to be the first to yell, “I'm debt-free!” A fun way for anyone to learn the principles of saving and spending! Have a family game night, or invite friends over to play. It's always competitive and fun.
In today's economy, getting and keeping good credit isn't easy. But now you can take the crunch out of credit with CHARGE LARGE, the game that makes buying, building, and even borrowing pay off big!
Travel around the board using cash and your gold credit card to scoop up prime properties. Buy strategically, borrow wisely, and payback quickly to earn a platinum card. (It also helps to hit the lottery and collect rent!) If you're the first to have cash, a zero credit balance, and the coveted black credit card, you've beaten the credit card blues, and won the game!
In Acquire, each player strategically invests in businesses, trying to retain a majority of stock. As the businesses grow with tile placements, they also start merging, giving the majority stockholders of the acquired business sizable bonuses, which can then be used to reinvest into other chains. All of the investors in the acquired company can then cash in their stocks for current value or trade them 2-for-1 for shares of the newer, larger business. The game is a race to acquire the greatest wealth.
prospector, captain, mayor, trader, settler, craftsman, or builder? Which roles will you play in the new world? Will you own the most prosperous plantations? Will you build the most valuable buildings? You have but one goal: achieve the greatest prosperity and highest respect! This is shown by the player who earns the most victory points?
Welcome to the heady days of global finance! Money and deals are flowing like water.
From sparse beginnings build your empire across the globe, sending agents far and wide as you expend capital and gain access to valuable resources needed to fulfill lucrative contracts. Struggle to dominate world markets and control resources regionally. Expand your interests, and acquire companies that provide an edge on the competition and more efficient use of resources.
Final Thoughts on Family Game Night
We hope you have found our list of the best board games useful. Good luck with your family game night!
Hopefully, your kids won't beat you too badly and will learn some valuable money management skills in the process.
Brian is a dad, husband, and an IT professional by trade. A Personal Finance Blogger since 2013 who, with his family, has successfully paid off over $100K worth of consumer debt. Now that Brian is debt-free, his mission is to help his three children prepare for their financial lives and educate others to achieved financial success. He blogs at Debt Discipline.