Book Review: Earn It, Learn It.......

Title: Earn It, Learn It ..Teach Your Child the Value of Money, Work, and Time Well Spent

Author: Alisa T. Weinstein, founder of Earn My Keep, LLC                    

ISBN 13:978-1-4022-4207-6

Publisher: Source Books

Pages: 376


Parents have different opinions on how to teach children about money. Author Alisa T. Weinstein has one of the better opinions that I have read. She has developed a program that not only gives children a chance to earn an allowance, but children have the opportunity to learn about careers, financing, work ethic, work challenges, and most of all what skills and desires it takes to do the job well and to have fun.

Earn It, Learn It offers parents numerous examples of connecting chores, money and careers with the activities suggested in the book. It makes the experience of teaching children about money fun as well as interesting, and need I say, educational. Kids will be having so much fun and feel such a sense of satisfaction on allowance day that they won’t realize the life lessons being taught. What they will appreciate is the quality time spent with a parent and the control they have over their earnings.

Ms. Weinstein offers a book chock full of ideas and experiences that are most often free. Some of the choices a child may do are: make a vegetarian meal, decorate an apron, or develop a series of recipes all under the career title of chef. There are so many career titles to choose and so many activities that demonstrate work ethic and responsibility relating to pay rate or allowance that parents will actually learn a thing or two as well.

The experiences in the book may include researching different cultures and the jobs and activities related to that. It includes ideas about the arts, writing, researching and so many career titles that are not covered in a general education. And all the experiences lead back to the principles of working and earning, saving and giving.

This is a book where parents can take bits and pieces and make it work for the age of their children. It is an overall great bundle of ideas for kids and parents alike. I give it two thumbs up. My only negative comment would be that I wish the book had come out sooner when my children were younger. However, it will be a great gift for our grown children to have on hand when planning the allowance guidelines for our grandchildren. It is never too late to learn earning and saving techniques as well as giving and sharing with others.

I have not been compensated nor rewarded for doing a review of this book. The opinions stated are purely from reading the book myself. Any book or product review done for this blog is never compensated other than a promotional copy provided for review.


  1. VERY important topic. Glad to see more books on it. Thanks for bringing this one to my attention.

  2. It's so great to meet another Terri--spelled like mine!! Hi!
    We loved coming up with ways for our daughter to learn budgeting as she grew. IT paid off too, she is the best saver and budgeter ever!!

  3. Thanks for visiting V.R. and Terri, this book is really got great ideas. Glad you stopped by.

  4. If America is ever going dig itself out of debt, it is by giving the next generation books like this when they're young.


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