By Tim Wuebker

Money for Teens: A Guide for Life

This book grew out of teaching a class on Personal Finance. Every week, I asked teens what they wanted to learn. After they told me, I went to work: I interviewed 

everyone from self-made millionaires to happy couples. I scheduled over 60 guest speakers on every money and relationship topic imaginable. I read, researched, and experimented. And then I asked the teens again! And again.

Result: parent and student demand for the class went up, we doubled how many teens we reach, and I wrote this book so I could give it to every graduating class as a gift.

With over 100 bite-size chapters and exercises, Money for Teens: A Guide for Life discusses everything we could think of:

  • Budgeting
  • Investing with index funds, which beat 99% of everything else that’s out there (if you’re looking at 15+ year time frame)
  • Starting a business week
  • Relationships and money: how to make an “A” in both
  • Negotiating with honesty and in a Win/Win way
  • Why almost all debt is bad
  • 20 ways you can be like 37% of college students and graduate without debt
  • The best decision-making model
  • The F.I. (Financial Independence) and F.I.R.E. (Financial Independence Retire Early) movements
  • Get hired
  • Get promoted
  • Get a career
  • Get a personal mission
  • Cars
  • Insurance
  • Credit Cards Debt vs. early investing
  • The best way to shop
  • Exercises for budget crises
  • Jobs vs. Careers. vs. Personal Missions
  • Who makes more: givers or takers?
  • If you get rich and have kids, how to not raise a brat
  • How millionaires raise responsible, not entitled, kids
  • Do happy people make more money than unhappy people? Yes, and why
  • Do honest people usually make more money than dishonest people? Yes, and why
  • Pitfalls of life like addictions, and how they destroy your money
  • Gratitude’s surprising $ benefits
  • How to make the emotional side of money and happiness work for you
  • Ways to avoid impulse spending without having to rely on self-discipline
  • Time management for scholarships, side hustles, and other big projects
  • Time management: three excellent methods

We must control our money or the triple D’s—debt, deprivation, and desperation—will control us. Thanks to my many speakers, students, and research, this book shows how! Read, enjoy, prosper, teach others, and be generous!


Hi, I’m Tim Wuebker

I’m an amateur novelist who works on my craft every day for at least an hour. A librarian’s kid and a lifelong reader, I’ve also taught about 4,000 students at UMKC, Marquette University, Rockhurst University, a public high school, and private high school.

I wrote my first story at age five, in first grade. It was a ripoff of a TV show. Since then, while I’ve completed several books, I’ve never worked too hard at publishing them. That’s changing, but before I tell you about any of that, I’d like to discuss what sheer dedication can do for you, me, and anyone.

Since September 2017, sheer dedication has helped Tim complete four novels (75K, 75K, 140K, and 50K words each). These novels are very different from each other. Because I’m busy teaching, lifting weights, doing hot yoga, reading books, and because I have friends and family, I’ve learned that if you want to write, you need to learn from the best. And having learned about the work habits of literally hundreds of writers, including some who are world-class classic authors, I’ve hit upon a few strategies that work for me.  They include:

  • Write every morning;
  • Make your brain sharp by getting enough sleep, lifting weights, and aiming for optimal fitness;
  • Surround yourself with creative geniuses;
  • Read widely.

But enough about strategies. Because what I care about the most is trying to understand individuals, society, and history, that makes me interested in practically everything. Because isn't this one of the reasons why we read? So we can truly understand people and life?


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