What happens to your money after you hand it to the cashier?
You pay for that cool pair of shoes or a new CD. But what happens to that money once it leaves your hands? Who actually pockets it or puts it into the bank? This lively, kid-friendly book answers these questions and more:
• Why are designer jeans so much more expensive than no-name ones?
• Why does a burger cost $4.50 when the ingredients only cost $1.38?
• How do credit cards work?
Discover the trail your money takes as it goes to pay for everything including the raw materials used to make a product, the workers who produce it, and the advertisers who promote it.
Humorous illustrations demystify the process by providing a visual breakdown of all the elements involved in monetary transactions. Accessible and fun, Follow Your Money is a vital introduction to the way money flows.
“Simply by explaining how a credit card works or why energy companies make a dollar on seemingly every transaction, readers will find themselves wondering about transparency and the ownership of natural resources.”
“Uses a multitude of engaging scenarios and calculations to determine the profit and hidden costs of common . . . goods.”
“Will make readers of any age think carefully. Highly recommended.”
“This book is FANTASTIC! . . . A definite plus for a finance class but a solid addition to any library.”
“An interesting, informative and much-needed introduction to money plus savvy consumer advice for . . . tweens and teens.”
“Sylvester and Hlinka . . . have created a captivating series of chapters detailing why pizzas, mp3 players, cell phones and laptops cost what they do.”
“An eye-opening look at the route [money] follows.”
“An appealing guide. Highly recommended.”
“Insightful and easy to understand.”
“Presents a unique approach to economics and money, hopefully enabling readers to be smarter consumers.”
“Sylvester and Hlinka . . . have written a book about a very complex subject and made it accessible and entertaining.”
“The book provides young people with a good introduction to the way money flows.”
“A very effective method of getting the reader to think about where things come from.”