BusyKid ($12 per year) is a web-based service that teaches children fiscal responsibility by encouraging them to perform household chores. For $12 per year, parents assign tasks to family members, placing a cash value on each chore and allowing children to determine how money is spent or saved.

This sounded crazy to me—cash rarely stays in my son’s pocket for long, being spent like a drunken sailor on shore leave. With BusyKid, children have the option to buy or use gift cards from 250 retailers, support a charity, invest in stocks from favorite companies, or save for later instead.

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BusyKid brings the chore chart into the technology age with a web-based app that works on all desktop and mobile devices.

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