Teens gaming is wise with money

De Telegraaf article – 3 nov 2007 – Pieter Buss

UTRECHT – 3 november 2007. Nibud (National Institute for Budget Information) comes with a game to teach young people to go frugal with money. The so-called Bling Game to prevent teens stabbing in debt, and ensure that they start saving.

Nearly forty percent of the working people under 25 has an average debt of 900 Euro. If they are going to live on their own, has less than two-thirds of a debt average 1750 Euro, research shows. Nibud speaks of `alarming figures', but also gives parents a lack of financial education. The Bling Game teenagers playfully learn to not only spend money, but especially to invest, is the thought. A good education is important. Because with a good job, you can win lots of money, explains Gerjoke Wilmink Nibud. The aim of the game is to save. Who first 9000 euro has saved together, is the winner.

Ice Coring in authority, the game was developed for the province of Utrecht, intended for High School Students. Because they are easily tempted to purchase expensive mobile phones and designer clothes, know the province. As a result, they later difficult to get a home or job, stabbing deep into debt or – worse – end up in the criminal.


According Wilmink, however, almost all teenagers difficulty wise with money to go. Therefore, the concept adopted by Nibud. Moreover, money is still a taboo, in families, believes Wilmink.

In the game you have to constantly rely Bling. You can exuberant nightlife, holiday and shopping, but then you have to borrow. And about that you pay back interest. Yet you can also win with luck; for example, by going to the casino. As it keeps a game.

Bling Game, devised by playmaker Bas Kesting, is on the website of Nibud, for sale.

De Telegraaf article – 3 nov 2007 – Pieter Buss