~This article is sponsored by RichDad. Opinions and stories are my own.~
CASHFLOW the board game is one of the hottest games this year for families! It’s been called “Monopoly on crack!” and that is not too far fetched. In fact, I’d say it is the new modern twist on Monopoly meets Life. The fact that it can be used as a teaching tool on top of everything is downright amazing! I love this game!
I was really excited to get the chance to review CASHFLOW for my teen. He’s as horrible with money as I am and I figured this would be a great way to broaden the horizons and give him an idea of what real life looks like as well as the way to win the ‘rat race’ as they call it. I highly recommend this for teens, especially those going into the workforce or are two steps away from adulthood.
So, let me tell you why it is awesome!
First off, CASHFLOW isn’t a game where you are just playing against the other players, you are also playing against the housing market, stock market and anything else Life throws at you. You have to battle your way through acquiring property, stocks, businesses and all sorts of items. Everything you do, every deal and every card can change your whole game, so you have to be on top of it the whole time. Be in it to win it!
You start the game out in the Inner Circle. Consider this your day in and day out, everyday of your life. Your goal is to get out of that circle and into the Fast Track or “out of the Rat Race”. To get out you buy investments and increase your passive income (cash flow). When your cash exceeds your expenses then you are good to go!
Once you are on the Fast Track then your whole goal is to get the most money, obviously. You want to increase your Monthly Cash Flow to $50,000.
The board game offers:
- New Ways to Win
- More Player Interaction
- Faster Gameplay
- Updated Cards
- Updated Professions
- New Opportunities and Challenges
- Beautiful New Art and Style
- New Custom Dice and Mice Meeples (Game Pieces)
- More Intuitive Income Statements
Everyone starts out with a profession and you transfer all that information onto your Financial Statement. This keeps a record of your income, expenses, assets, liability, etc. To make sure you are doing things correctly, you even have an “Auditor”, this is the person sitting to your right. Every time you change something on your Financial Statement they will check it for you!
There are 4 different cards:
- Doodads: Unexpected, unnecessary and unavoidable expenses that we waste money on.
- Market: Cards where you can find buyers for your investments or economic events with can effect your financial position.
- Deals (Big Deal & Small Deal): Big Deal Cards are things that cost more but have a large return and Small Deal cards are cheaper, but with lower return cash flow.
The game is based off the Best Selling Book Rich Dad Poor Dad What the Rich Teach Their Kids About Money – Thta the Poor and Middle Class Do Not! by Robert T. Kiyosaki. This is the #1 Personal Finance book of ALL TIME. That should tell you a bit about where the game got its upswing! Rich Dad has been helping people with information, books, apps and much more for a long time. Heading into the family board game arena with all his knowledge is a blessing for homes and families like mine who do better teaching with fun and interactive play. CASHFLOW has versions for younger kids as well! It’s never too early to start being financially smart.
When you open the board game it looks a bit more like work than it does a game, but you get past that. It takes just a little time to get the hang of things and then determination sinks in. Playing the game increases your knowledge of how markets work as well as the best ways to control your finances. Unlike Monopoly where you are spending millions that never seem like your own money, CASHFLOW somehow makes it personal and you become invested in your funds: where they go, what they are doing; how to keep them, increase them and benefit in the end.
I will say that my teen walked away with a greater appreciation for money: the good and bad sides of it. Sometimes kids think it just appears out of no where and is always there, this is a very fun and nice way to explain that money doesn’t grow on trees and how Life tips the balance between good financial health and bad. However, he did say that he felt my husband had went into the game with too big of an advantage. He is so financially savvy! If you have someone like that at home, don’t worry, it helps to have someone with “Rich Dad” smarts.
You can find more information about the board game, the app and much more by visiting CASHFLOW. You can purchase it through Amazon (with 2-day Free Shipping if you have Prime!) and receive 10% off by using my promo code!