★ Rockstar Giveaway: CashCrunch Board Game(s)!

Posted February 1, 2017 6:00 am by with 58 comments

cashcrunch jr board

This is part of our weekly Giveaway series.
To see our previous giveaways, and who won them, click above!

If you woke up today thinking, “You know what I’d REALLY want right now? A board game that actually helps teach my kids about money in a more fun way than I can. And I’d like to get it for FREE too, please,” it’s your lucky day :)

A friend of mine runs the company CashCrunch Games, and after playing with one of his latest prototypes that’s now on the shelves, I thought it would make for a fun giveaway here.

It’s called CashCrunch Junior (retails for $30), and encourages 7 to 12-year-olds to have conversations around money, social responsibility and family values.

Here’s a shot of my 4-year-old playing it, who unfortunately only cared about the pretty colors and throwing up the cash in the air to make it rain ;) But hey – a dad’s gotta try!

cashcrunch junior playing

How to Play CashCrunch Junior:

Here’s the quick rundown off their site:

Players go around the board paying specific attention to unforeseen Income and Expenses, completing Activities and making Oh Boy decisions, while tracking their money, thinking about their spending and striving to save. Player with the highest amount in their Sammy Savings Account is the winner.

You can play with 1-4 people and it takes 20+ minutes, and they also offer (free) money worksheets you can download off their website and print off: CashCrunch Junior Money Worksheets.

Here are the 9 main lessons the game teaches:

  • Lesson 1: Introduction to Money
  • Lesson 2: Introduction to Money Denominations
  • Lesson 3: Making Change
  • Lesson 4: Needs and Wants
  • Lesson 5: Opportunity Cost
  • Lesson 6: Comparison Shopping
  • Lesson 7: Budgets
  • Lesson 8: Savings
  • Lesson 9: Coupons and Sales

They’ll also be coming out with a new “teen” edition of the game soon, and their original personal finance game is always free and can be played online anytime too (for ages 13+): CashCrunch 101

More on Cashcrunch Jr. can be found here:  CashCrunch Junior Game

cashcrunch jr cards

Want this for your family?

Tell us YOUR favorite board game down below in the comments, and you’ll be automatically entered to win. We got TWO copies of these to give out this week so you have double the chances!

As for my personal fave? It’s gotta be Monopoly, hands down. In fact, I recently received the Game of Thrones Edition for Christmas, but sadly I still can’t find anyone to play with me :( Why does no one have time to play 8 hour games anymore???

Good luck, y’all :)

UPDATE: Giveaway now over. Y’all play a lot of fun games! Learned about a few new ones too – thx for participating everyone :) The two winners this week are…. April and Rachel K. – congrats! Hope you guys enjoy it!


PS: To see who won last week’s Millionaire books, click here.

Giveaway sponsored by CashCrunch  Games, and ends Tuesday, Feb 7th at midnight.

Jay is the founder of Rockstar Finance, and blogs about money over at BudgetsAreSexy.com. He loves all things finance, coffee, and hip-hop, and is the proud daddy of two beautiful little boys!

58 responses to ★ Rockstar Giveaway: CashCrunch Board Game(s)!

  1. Nicole February 1st, 2017 at 7:04 am

    My favorite board game is Life!


  2. Jon Perkins February 1st, 2017 at 7:18 am

    We’ve met some neighbours who have stacks of board games and at present my favourties are Settlers of Catan (including the Seafarers expansion) and Aquire. We also have a regular board-game night for our street. It’s awesome!


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 10:06 am

      Settlers of Catan is like THE game within the FIRE community here, haha….


  3. Roy Largo @ Band of Savers February 1st, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I recently played a form of Monopoly but it was with cards, I was surprised how much I actually liked it. It was kinda link playing Monopoly but it only took about 15 minutes per round.

    Our family’s favorite game right now is Uno because its one of the few games that can hold the attention of the whole family. My wife and enjoy that it’s not a little kid game and actually has some degree of planning but only takes a few minutes. My 5 year old loves playing it and is super competitive about it (and wins quite often, unfortunately for us he has gotten very good at it). And the 2 year old enjoys sitting on our laps and being the one to put the cards down on the pile and practice sawing the color and number each time.

    we also play a lot of Connect 4 and Checkers with the 5 year old. He’s dangerous at Connect 4 but hasn’t quite figured out the strategy part of checkers yet since he’s only been playing for a week or two. I can’t wait to get him started on money games.


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 10:07 am

      Ooooh good idea w/ UNO! We haven’t tried that one yet with my 4 and 2 year old but sounds like it works for y’all. Thanks :)

      (Not sure i can take Monopoly w/ cards seriously, haha…)


  4. Ms. Steward February 1st, 2017 at 7:35 am

    Ironically, the Game of Thrones board game is probably my current fave.


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 10:08 am

      We’re besties.


      • Ms. Steward February 2nd, 2017 at 6:28 am

        YAS. Also, to solve the problem of not getting buy-in on 5-6 hour games, the expansion is solid and cuts it down to 2-3.


  5. Carrie Morris February 1st, 2017 at 8:07 am

    Monopoly! I have several board games from when I was a kid. I call it Vintage Monopoly and love to beat the boyfriend at it! Life game is a close second.


  6. Collier February 1st, 2017 at 8:28 am



  7. Paul February 1st, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Uno is one of my favorite games too. I played a lot of Monopoly growing up thay seems to be a staple game of most households and childhoods.

    I designed CashCrunch Junior as a way of giving kids experiences about money. Which they can apply to their lives and hopefully develop solid money habits.

    We are all on here to learn more about money and share ideas. Money.is everywhere we look, we use it everyday but are expected to be experts. We can spend it no problem, but we don’t necessarily do this wisely. Money management is a life skill, we are taught how to cross the road safely, brush our teeth etc but very rarely taught about money. This life skill is often overlooked and underrated. Quite a few of us now wish we had better money habits and started saving earlier!

    If you have any questions about the game etc, I will keep checking in.



    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 10:10 am

      Love it dude. Thanks again for being up for the partnership today!


  8. Mark February 1st, 2017 at 8:54 am

    Monopoly! :)


  9. Andy February 1st, 2017 at 9:02 am

    Mine is probably Stratego. I say probably because I haven’t played a board game in years and sold my copy because it hadn’t been used in 5 years or so. When my newborn and toddler are older I hope there is time for board games.


  10. Janie February 1st, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Monopoly is my all time favorite.


  11. Full Time Finance February 1st, 2017 at 9:09 am

    My favorite is power grid. The idea is to build power plants and power them before your opponent’s. It’s kind of a mix of business simulator and resource strategy game. Ironically my wife is better at it then me as she fly’s under the radar.


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Would you say it requires high ENERGY? ;)


  12. AOM February 1st, 2017 at 9:12 am

    My favorite game (coincidentally, that no one I know wants to play) is currently Discworld Ank Morpork…..And having just looked it up on the internet (399.00 if unopened) for the first time since buying it retail($50.00 and awhile back) it’s maybe time to let go of my attachment…Maybe.


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 10:10 am

      I bet there are board game bloggers out there that would gladly take that off your hands for some good cash :)


  13. K. S. February 1st, 2017 at 9:16 am

    While this may not be a true “board game”… it does have a board!

    I love Cribbage. I grew up playing Cribbage with my dad, who is one of the most kind, gentle souls you will meet… until you challenge him to some friendly competition! To say that we were competitive is an understatement, we were downright ruthless to each other, trash talking each other and gloating mercilessly over a winning deal. It was a blast!

    I now have a 1.5 year old of my own and I look forward to introducing him to a wide range of “friendly competition” (ha!) games when the time comes… maybe even CashCrunch! ;)


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 10:11 am

      That is awesome :) You def. don’t hear about that game very often…


  14. John February 1st, 2017 at 9:17 am

    King of Tokyo is at the top of the list for me although Memoir 44 and 7 Wonders come in a close 2nd and 3rd. Let’s just say that you wouldn’t need to twist my arm much at all to get me to play pretty much any Euro-style board game.


  15. Gerry Caprario February 1st, 2017 at 9:19 am

    We like playing trouble and chutes&ladders.


  16. Michael February 1st, 2017 at 9:44 am

    We enjoy teaching our kids about money by playing Monopoly (particularly, how to get slaughtered in the Real Estate market by your Dad), and we love teaching them geography by playing “States” – they have to buy and sell products and transfer them to different parts of the country. Lots of fun!


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 10:13 am

      “how to get slaughtered in the Real Estate market by your Dad” – that’s popular in our household too :)


  17. Justin February 1st, 2017 at 9:56 am

    We love to play Payday with our niece and nephew! Another favorite is Trouble!


  18. Ben February 1st, 2017 at 9:58 am

    I love Cash Flow.


  19. Carol Cooper February 1st, 2017 at 10:02 am

    I’m a big fan of the game Monopoly. The amount of knowledge I gain every time I play is Amazing, especially when I’m playing with so called SHARKS.


    • J. Money February 8th, 2017 at 5:45 am

      Ooooh I wanna play with some sharks!


  20. Meleah Bowles February 1st, 2017 at 10:25 am

    I really love Munchkin. For a game with kids, Ticket to Ride Junior is awesome.


  21. Mrs. Picky Pincher February 1st, 2017 at 10:26 am

    Oh my gosh, this is such a cool idea! I recently found stacks and stacks of cheap board games at my local thrift store. This has me itching to dig through the piles. :)

    I always liked playing the game “Life.” Of course, my friends and I always cheated on it, but man, it was so fun. It also taught lessons of responsibility and how to develop your life positively. It also showed us how to cope with unexpected events, like home repairs and job loss.

    I do like Monopoly, but Mr. Picky Pincher has forbidden me from playing it because I get too competitive. Last time I might have flipped the board over …


    • J. Money February 8th, 2017 at 5:46 am

      How did you cheat at Life? Haha…


  22. AK February 1st, 2017 at 10:27 am

    Cool! We love playing board games with our 3 kids! Our family favorite right now is called Trekking the National Parks. I’m always trying to think of ways to encourage money saviness in my children, so they can hopefully avoid some my own mistakes! :)


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 4:43 pm

      Is that really a game? Or are you guys *actually* visiting all the National Parks?? ‘Cuz that would be bad ass!


  23. Rachel K. February 1st, 2017 at 11:01 am

    We got Payday for this last Christmas and we have played it every weekend and snow day since then. Our girls love it! My youngest daughter’s teacher commented at our last conference that she is so good with money, she helps the other kids in the class. While she has always been a “math-a-magician” Payday has really helped her with adding and subtracting larger numbers in her head. This game sounds like it would be right up our alley! Thanks for the info about it.


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 4:44 pm

      Aww very cool! Haven’t thought about that game in at least a decade… when I found it at a yard sale for like $2 :)


  24. Brenda February 1st, 2017 at 11:54 am

    Payday! My sisters and I got this board game for Christmas in the late 90’s. This is the only game that has stuck around. Some of the money has gone missing and the board itself has some wear and tear but my niece and nephews now get to play with it.


  25. Jennifer Eschberger February 1st, 2017 at 12:23 pm

    Does Dominoes count as a board game? We love a good game of Spinners!

    Here lately it’s been chutes and ladders with our kiddo!


  26. Chris @ Keep Thrifty February 1st, 2017 at 1:21 pm

    I loved monopoly when I was younger. My brother and I even programmed a fake stock market on our calculators so we could add another fun money element. I haven’t played in years but it’s still a favorite!


  27. Greg February 1st, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Legendary – Marvel Comics deck building game


  28. FirstHabit February 1st, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    I still like Trivial Pursuit, but have not had success getting my family to play. Maybe because it’s the 80’s edition?


    • J. Money February 1st, 2017 at 4:42 pm

      YES!!!! I actually was so tired of the 80s version that I spent the $40 or whatever ridiculous amount to buy my family the latest version haha…

      But we’ve stopped playing the “real rules” long ago. Now we just take turns passing the cards around and answering all questions and categories and then getting points for each one we get right. Usually up to 15 or 20. Makes it so much more fun (and quicker) since that’s the greatest part anyways – trying to get the answers! :)


      • Paul February 1st, 2017 at 5:27 pm

        One of the games we like to play with some regularity is Pit. It’s a loud, fun and very competitive card game with 4 or more players.


  29. Lori J February 1st, 2017 at 7:00 pm

    Ticket To Ride!


  30. April February 1st, 2017 at 7:58 pm

    Is this where I admit that when I was little I had to play games by myself? Which I did ALL the time. Would actually go from side to side of the board and one would be me, one would be the cheater, one would be a wimpy kid that got pushed around… I most frequently played with Monopoly and Chutes and Ladders. While I don’t currently have kids of my own, this would be great for my school!! Indoor recess and Fun Fridays with real life lessons! :)


    • J. Money February 2nd, 2017 at 6:07 am

      You are hilarious!!


  31. Chad Taylor February 1st, 2017 at 8:43 pm

    We love to play Settlers of Catan


  32. Julia February 1st, 2017 at 10:37 pm

    Candyland…it is the only game didn’t require 3+ pages to read.


    • J. Money February 8th, 2017 at 5:46 am

      Ain’t that the truth.


  33. B.Watson February 2nd, 2017 at 3:21 pm

    I love Monopoly but lately the kids have been stuck on Farkle.


  34. Melanie Hunt February 2nd, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    This game looks really cool, perfect for my 8 &11 yr. old. One is a spender the other a saver. ;)
    Our current favorite is Rummikub!


  35. Martin February 3rd, 2017 at 10:14 am

    One of my current favourite board games (we do play quite a lot) is Ticket to Ride. And Puerto Rico.


  36. Jacq February 4th, 2017 at 2:55 pm

    Whew people said Ticket to Ride. :) We play it as a family -aunt, uncle, cousin, my sister, mom & I in some combination. My cousin is a certified Mensa member, so some of her games are over our heads especially later in the evening. Everyone can get in on Ticket to Ride.
    A family friend flipping the board and hurling houses and hotels at us put me off Monopoly.
    I am a fan of cribbage, Settlers of Catan & Uno.


    • J. Money February 8th, 2017 at 5:47 am

      I’ve never heard of Ticket to Ride until today – seems to be a popular one!


  37. Arun February 4th, 2017 at 9:40 pm

    My favorite board game is Chess. Here’s my crazy perspective on how it’s related to PF.
    Let’s say all your pawns are your assets and your opponents pawns are your liabilities/financial disasters waiting to happen.
    The objective is to protect your assets at any cost and knock off all your liabilities one by one.
    Shit happens…but you can foresee it and are better prepared to handle it.


  38. Julie February 5th, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    Love playing Life with friends after a few beers :)


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