School Holiday: 6 Fun Board Games to Build Money-Saving Habits

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An extended Singaporean family playing board games to pass the time during Circuit Breaker

With the continued Circuit Breaker and school holidays being brought forward, everyone can really use a bit of fun right about now. But there’s only so many apps and Netflix series one can tolerate before things get repetitive. May we suggest 6 of the best family-friendly board games to play?

Yes, money is hard to earn, especially with the current situation. While you’re trying to cope with everything at home, why not kill plenty of birds with one stone by playing these board games? Keep the kids occupied, teach them the importance of hard earned money and improve family bonding time. Choose your new favourite board game below. A summary of each board game is available at the end.

Cashflow

Age range 6+
No. of players 2-6
Time required At least 1 hr
Difficulty level Beginner
Price ~S$115

Ever threatened to cut the pocket money of your child? You’re not alone when it comes to dealing with children who squander their pocket money on fancy-looking erasers at the school’s bookstore during recess! Instead of painstakingly teaching them to work hard for money, how about playing Cashflow to learn how to make money work for you?

This ingenious game based on the New York Times best-selling book Rich Dad Poor Dad, begins with choosing a dream and making the best deals to help its players get out of the rat race. Teach them young so that all of you can work towards achieving your financial freedom dream earlier.

Wongamania

Age range 8+
No. of players 2-6
Time required 30 min
Difficulty level Beginner
Price From S$10 (depends on package)

Described as the Scrabble of personal finance, this fast-paced game is based in a fictional country of Banana Republic. Your task is to accumulate enough money to retire comfortably. Use characters like Debtzilla, Inflationsaurus and Taxopus to destabilise the economy and save your own skin.

This board game also teaches the important role of politics in the economy of the cut-throat world of Wongamania, just like in real life. You can do-it-yourself and print out Wongamania or purchase the real thing, both on their Kickstarter.

The Game of Life

Age range 8+
No. of players 2-4
Time required 1-2 hrs
Difficulty level Beginner
Price S$30

As parents, we’d want to be able to teach our children all the important lessons in life. So why not put them through Life? Created back in the 1860s, The Game of Life, or simply known as Life, is a game that simulates a person’s life journey. You need to manage your money as you go through school, get a job, get married, have children and retire. Teach your child everything they need to know to survive in Life. Buy it here.

Pay Day

Age range 8+
No. of players 2-4
Time required 1-2 hrs
Difficulty level Intermediate
Price S$49.90

You know that exciting feeling of receiving a paycheck – then paying the monthly expenses and making an investment or two – before enjoying whatever cash you have left? Let the children learn this so they know what to expect in the future.

Designed like a calendar page, players go through this game accumulating daily bills and expenses, winning lottery, and making insurance claims, before receiving their salary at the end of the month. Hence, the name Pay Day. The one with the most money at the end is the winner. Pay Day can be purchased from most online shops.

Monopoly: Cheaters Edition

Age range 8+
No. of players 2-6
Time required 2 hrs
Difficulty level Intermediate
Price S$39.90

A study by Hasbro shows that almost 50% of Monopoly players cheat in one way or another. Introducing Monopoly: Cheaters Edition where the original rules can be bent, money can be lent and any under-the-table deals are encouraged. While the original Monopoly teaches you the monopolisation of wealth, Monopoly: Cheaters Editions reflects more on reality. Teach your child the ins and outs of money-making, but also have fun breaking the rules!

7 Wonders

Age range 13+
No. of players 2-7
Time required 30 min per round
Difficulty level Advanced
Price S$30

Ever wished you could rule the world? Want your child to learn management and leadership skills? In 7 Wonders, you become a leader of one of the seven cities in an ancient civilisation. Gather resources, develop the city, and strengthen your military power to overwhelm the opponents.

Unlike other board games, its lightning-quick gameplay will keep you engaged round after round. So trade your child’s smartphone apps and online cartoons with this exciting fast-paced game available at most online shops.

Made your decision yet? Compare and decide

Here’s the comparison summary for all the board games we discussed above. Which one’s your favourite?

CashflowWongamaniaThe Game of LifePay DayMonopoly: Cheaters Edition7 Wonders
Age6+8+8+8+8+13+
Players2-62-62-42-42-62-7
Time1-2 hrs30 min1-2 hrs1-2 hrs2 hrs30 min
DifficultyBeginnerBeginnerBeginnerIntermediateIntermediateAdvanced
Price~S$115From S$10S$30S$49.90S$39.90S$30

Don’t get bored at home

Children playing board games together

As one of the leading providers for Insurance Savings Plans in Singapore, we hope these board games can spark quality family time and educate you and your loved ones on the importance of savings. To put your newfound knowledge of savings to good use, check out Tiq 3-Year Endowment Plan for short-term investment or the universal life insurance ELASTIQ for a more flexible approach. Game on!

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