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Holiday Board Games That Might Bring On Riches

There are many ways to amass riches and Instant Barter may have found one of them.

Okay, riches might be overstating it, but every year during the holidays a host of board games return to or hit the market with lessons about money that give players the tools to get rich.  Some are more fun than others, of course, but all offer an entertaining way to learn about a subject that’s considered dry by many: managing finances, credit and currency.

As Moneycrashersdotcom says: “Boring educational material on money, credit, and investments can actually discourage people of all ages from learning valuable information that can help them make wise financial decisions. Fortunately, money management lessons masquerading as games can make learning about finance easy and even fun.”

Historically money-management board games have included such fun accoutrements as play paper money, deeds to real estate, dice, even credit and debit cards. There are the age-old standards like Monopoly, which commenced in the 1930s, Life and Payday, as well as newer contenders like Parker Bros. Careers. There are also the more sophisticated recent entrees like Cashflow 101, created by the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad,” Robert T. Kiyosaki. This game teaches contestants how to control their personal finances, manage their cash, and engage lucrative investment strategies.  This game comes in adult and children’s versions.

The tradition of using board games as a way to educate all of us about money actually goes back to the late 1800s.  Long before Monopoly, 150 years ago there was Milton Bradley’s The Game of Life, which excited and engaged families on getting rich even before the automobile. Like Monopoly and other vintage games, it has undergone myriad changes, but its primary objective has remained the same: amassing the largest nest egg possible while electing different real life choices such as family size and career.

One of the newest kids on the block is My Barter Game™, created by Ana Hawk, founder of InstantBarter, the fastest growing barter company worldwide. “While traditional wealth-based board games entertained using paper money and fictional deeds, this new game teaches adults and children alike that bartering goods and services is just a valid a currency as the other more popular devises, except that it has been around longer and with more credibility. In fact, at one time in America, paper money was frowned upon and distrusted.”

Today there are hundreds of barter groups worldwide, all connected via the internet. The basic concept behind them is that individuals and companies are allowed to obtain barter credit or barter dollars for personal items no longer in use, need or want, or professional services that can be offered.  Land, houses, cars, auto brake services, house painting, furniture, art, jewelry, legal services, and yes, any kind of board game imaginable — all and millions more items are available in today’s online barter universe.

Like exchanging money and deeds, barter is by no means a new phenomenon. In the 1960s, Americans in droves started joined barter groups, which would extend credit to their participants for everything from personal goods and services to business products, tires and paint cans. Back then, of course, there was no internet, and the world was not connected at the tap of a finger. Today, the same bartering system is flourishing, but on a vastly superior levels with literally tens of thousands of people participating worldwide pm a daily basis.

“My Barter Game™ teaches just that, as well as the simple maxim about currency: everything a person needs, wants and desires in life or business can be bartered today,” says Ms. Hawk, whose barter board game educates today’s game players by delving into the intricacies of bartering property, services and goods all as legitimate and prosperous methods of exchange.  “The Game of Life, Monopoly and Cashflow 101 all serve a similar purpose: educating people on how to manage their financial affairs in a fun and entertaining way.  My Barter Game™ is honored to join this prestigious company by expanding the level of knowledge to the oldest method of exchange: barter.”

Getting rich may not be an end in itself. But if playing a fun board game can give gamers a leg up, the holidays might be a smart time to roll the dice.


Ana Hawk is the founder/CEO of Instant Barter, LLC. Instant Barter is the fastest growing barter company in the world, dedicated to educating people on how to use what they already have to get what they need right now, and to growing their lives and businesses in a challenging economy, thereby enabling them to proposer and live an abundant lifestyle. The IRS views trade and barter dollars just like it views cash, checks or credit card transactions.  Her new barter board game, My Barter Game™, is now promoting on Crowdfunding on at

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Name: Ana Hawk
Organization: Instant Barter
Phone: 480-648-4296


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