The purpose of The Lemonade Game is to teach the average person and student the basic skills of double entry accounting. It is a critical component of achieving financial success and keeping track of your as- sets and their rate of growth or decline. Managing and keeping track of your money counts (double entendre intended) and it is imperative to know where you are fiscally in time and which direction you are headed!
The ability to read a financial statement and decide if an investment is meritorious is important as we build up our company or our personal net worth. Only a minority of us can do basic accounting and even fewer still really understand what a balance sheet is. If we are going to get to the point where we can have a serious debate about investment strategy or financial accountability, we first need to learn some essentials.
Even more to the point is the most recent statistic that one in three Americans in 2014 over the age of 50 does not have a retirement account or any money put away for their life expenses as they begin to slow down in their career. Dependancy on social security or other stipend will be draining on an overwhelmed underfunded system leading to it’s own liquidity crisis.
Over fifty percent of young people between the ages of 25 and 35 do not have a savings account. That makes investment very challenging and perhaps unlikely for many! The first secret to acquiring wealth is to spend less than you earn and put the difference in the cookie jar to be invested wisely and compounded into a significant asset. How can we make that happen?
The short answer is making a budget and posting our real time results on a balance sheet to see the process. Having an exact method of how much money is coming in and the amounts being expended is the first step in creating a program to save money. From that savings, investing without being too “RISKY” and optimizing your assets over time is an imperative skill to building an asset. The Lemonade Game is written from a space of having fun while we learn these techniques and principles and apply them in a real world way (the practicum).