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.
“An eye-opening look at the route [money] follows.”
“An appealing guide. Highly recommended.”
“A very effective method of getting the reader to think about where things come from.”
“This book is FANTASTIC! . . . A definite plus for a finance class but a solid addition to any library.”
“Sylvester and Hlinka . . . have written a book about a very complex subject and made it accessible and entertaining.”
“Presents a unique approach to economics and money, hopefully enabling readers to be smarter consumers.”
“Will make readers of any age think carefully. Highly recommended.”
“Insightful and easy to understand.”
“Sylvester and Hlinka . . . have created a captivating series of chapters detailing why pizzas, mp3 players, cell phones and laptops cost what they do.”
“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.”
“The book provides young people with a good introduction to the way money flows.”
“An interesting, informative and much-needed introduction to money plus savvy consumer advice for . . . tweens and teens.”
“Uses a multitude of engaging scenarios and calculations to determine the profit and hidden costs of common . . . goods.”