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American Express can help parents PASS on financial responsibility


Make Good Spending Choices

My twins are still young but not too young to start learning about the value of money and responsible spending.

They already know that simply because they WANT something, is not reson enough to GET something...even if it doesn't cost much.

One tool I have discovered that can teach kids how to make good spending choices is the PASS card from American Express. This is a prepaid, reloadable credit card parents can give to their kids. It's a great way to start a conversation about spending versus saving. Parents control the money on the card and there is no risk of overdraft or of a negative impact to a teen's credit (or the parent's).

How PASS from AMEX works

I recently ordered a PASS card for the purposes of this review. It was fairly easy - create an account, link your bank account. Yes, for now you cannot load the card with a credit card - even an AMEX credit card. You must link it to your bank account BUT you decide how much is loaded on there and when it's loaded.


The PASS card can help you start a discussion with your teen about allowance, contributing to the household chores, getting good grades, and more that can be rewarded using additional funds on the PASS card. Parents might want to test out their teen's budgeting skills and pre-load a semester's worth of money to cover books, lunch, and entertainment money. If the card is empty at the end of the semester, well a discussion an a lesson on budgeting is in order!

What will Teens think of the PASS card?

Well, since I'm not a teen and I don't have teens, I can only guess. BUT...I'd say they would love the packaging.


AMEX makes the PASS card in a variety of colors and sends it in a very cool reusable box. I would also imagine that any teen is going to appreciate NOT having to ask mom and dad for $20 to go to a movie especially if they have an agreement with their parents already in place.

How do you start the money discussion with your kids? What do you think of giving a teenager a PASS card? I'd love to hear your thoughts.


Disclosure: I received a monetary credit on my PASS card as a thank you for participating in the She Speaks campaign. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to being published.


Because sometimes I'm 13 again


I may or may not have been known to sing Jonas Brothers songs to myself on occasion.

I may, or may not have been caught watching DTV shows (that's Disney TV, not digital TV) without a child in sight.

I may or may not have totally rocked a Demi Lovato song on Wii Sing It: Disney Sing It Pop Hits

And now I may or may not have agreed to write about the Teen Choice Awards and Invisalign Teen's "Straight to Stardom Sweepstakes" in the hopes of someone I know winning and bringing me along. 

Because, you know, sometimes I'm a 13 year old trapped in a 30-something, minivan driving body.

Win a VIP trip for 4 (3 including me) to the TEEN CHOICE 2010

Invisalign Teen has partnered with FOX as a sponsor for the TEEN CHOICE awards where fans ages 13-19 vote once a day for their favorite nominees for the annual awards. This year's ceremony, that I may or may not be watch, will air Monday, August 9th at 8:00pm.

Here are the details of the Straight to Stardom Sweepstakes according to the release:

Invisalign Teen is proud to be working with FOX as a sponsor of TEEN CHOICE 2010 and will be presenting the "Choice Smile Award" during the show. As an extension of its relationship, Invisalign Teen has launched the Straight to Stardom Sweepstakes with a grand prize VIP package for four to TEEN CHOICE 2010 in Los Angeles and other prizes. 

Invisalign Teen Straight to Stardom Sweepstakes
Invisalign Teen is hosting Straight to Stardom sweepstakes.  The winner will receive a VIP trip for 4 to the Teen Choice Awards 2010!

The grand prize includes:    

  • Trip for 4 to attend Teen Choice 2010, including air, hotel, and transportation     
  • 4 Post-Show VIP Party Tickets    
  • 2 Flip Cameras

Runner up prizes include:

  • iPad
  • Laptop computer
  • 3 iPod touch mobile digital devices
  • Authentic Teen Choice 2010 surfboard

Total Approximate Retail Value of all prizing is $10,000.00
Deadline to Enter: July 11, 2010

This Sweepstakes is open only to legal residents of all 50 United States (not including territories and possessions) and the District of Columbia. Entrants must be aged 14 and older for entry. You may enter ONLINE DAILY by visiting the Invisalign “Teen Choice 2010” Sweepstakes page at completing all information requested on the entry form and clicking on the “submit” button to complete the entry process. ALL ONLINE ENTRIES MUST BE RECEIVED BY 11:59:59 PM (EDT) ON July 11, 2010.

Now I'm off to wrestle up some friends with teens to enter...


Disclosure: this is a sponsored post and I received a $25 gift card from Invisalign as a thank you for spreading the word about the sweepstakes. All opinions expressed here are my own and this post was neither reviewed nor approved prior to publishing.