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Cashflow 101 Review

Cashflow 101 board game
Each year for Christmas I try to find one board game (or other type of game) that the whole family will enjoy playing. I have had some successes or many failures. It seems like each member of the family likes something different in a board game. One year Kat preferred Mancala to all other games. Charles always wants to play Risk. David usually prefers PC games to board games. Fluxx is a card game that all the children love to play and has been a popular one to take along when visiting friends and relatives, easy to learn and a fast moving game. My favorite board game is Pente. Well, actually it is Scrabble, but rarely will anyone play that with me, so my second favorite is Pente. Bill has never really cared for board games; he much prefers playing the card game Euchre.

This year my board game choice was Cashflow 101, produced by Robert Kiyosaki of Rich Dad fame. I have looked longingly at this game for the past two Christmases, but the price always made me turn away and purchase something else. I have no clue what games I did buy those two years, as no one played them, therefore making them bad investments. Cashflow 101, though, has proven to be an excellent investment, even with its hefty price tag. The only one who has not played it at least twice so far is Bill. My son-in-law has even taken to driving a four-hour round trip on his days off to play the game. I am not sure that is a good investment on his part, given the price of gas. But it was nice to see my four children (three children, one son-in-law) all around the dining room table playing at getting out of the rat race.

Escaping the rat race is the main goal of Cashflow 101. In order to accomplish this, the game forces you to begin thinking differently about your money. A big screen TV is not an asset, nor is a boat, not a true money-earning asset. By delaying purchasing things you want in the game and actually putting your money to work in a money-making asset, like a rental home or dividend paying stock, then you can begin to use the money your assets are earning you to finance those things you want to buy. The key is to see those moneymaking possibilities, to recognize them as opportunities rather than throwing up your hands and declaring that you cannot afford them.

Each person in the game begins with a career and an accompanying income and expense sheet. You quickly see that while some careers pay more, there are also more expenses (college loans, etc.) and it seems that those who make more always have higher expenses (bigger house, more toys, etc.). Having a child greatly increases your monthly expenses. Along the way you have the opportunity to buy stocks, invest in real estate, buy boats, give to charity, all real-life possibilities. In order to get out of the rat race you must grow your passive income (income earned from investments) to the point where it is higher than your expenses, thus allowing you to quit your day job.

Once you have played the game successfully a few times, escaped the rat race, then you are encouraged to make up your own “career” cards, using your current, present-day career and expenses. This enables you to see how you can actually implement the ideas of the game into your own life, using your own finances.

Not only is this a great game for beginning to view your finances in a more opportunistic way, but it is also a great game for honing your math skills. Each roll of the dice causes you to have to refigure your balance sheet, make decisions based upon ROI (return on investment), bank loan repayments, percentages, etc. Lots of math involved here!

Final analysis? Even though this game has a pretty hefty initial investment, it’s ROI appears to be very good. Only time will tell whether the game truly makes a difference in our financial lives. But its entertainment value is high and it is a great learning tool for reinforcing ones math skills. That makes it a better investment than many other games I have purchased in the past. I definitely recommend it for your family.

11 comments to Cashflow 101 Review

  • Kristi

    Thanks for this great review!! I’ve read almost all of Robert Kiyosaki’s books and am a big fan of his. We got the Cashflow for Kids game a few years ago and have enjoyed it greatly. Good to know that in a few years when our little one is ready to move up that Cashflow 101 is worth the investment. Have fun playing your new game!

  • Ok, so now I’m curious, how much cash needs to flow out of your pocket to get Cashflow?

    Thanks for the recommendation. This sounds like a great party game.

  • I added a link to where you can purchase the Cashflow 101 game. The cost on the Rich Dad site is $195, plus shipping.

  • I should add that I am not an affiliate with Rich Dad and will not profit in any way should anyone decide to purchase the game through that link. Darn!

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  • I’ve been on the fence about this game. My husband recently discovered Kiyosaki in a free book pile at our local recycling center (talk about a great investment!), and we are pretty hooked. Your thoughts on the game really help. Thanks.

  • fun math review games…

    As you seem to know what your doing blogging wise, do you know what the best time of the week is to blog and have them read?…

  • I am not sure there is a best time of the week, fun math review games. I think it is more important to blog regularly and on some sort of schedule, if possible, so that your readers know there will be fresh posts for reading when they log on. A lot depends upon your readers. If they are logging on and reading at work, then you should have a new post waiting for them in the morning. If they read at night, at home after the kids have gone to bed, then your timing probably isn’t as critical. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  • Thanks for this great review!! I’ve read almost all of Robert Kiyosaki’s books and am a big fan of his. We got the Cashflow for Kids game a few years ago and have enjoyed it greatly. Good to know that in a few years when our little one is ready to move up that Cashflow 101 is worth the investment. Have fun playing your new game!

  • I’ve been playing 101&202 for the past year. Game in it self has been a very valuable resource of knowledge in the area of finance and business. However, trying things out in real life is a whole different issue. I’ve found that some of the revenue gathering games are a great tool to get a feel for how it feels to toss tens of thousands of dollars in risky adventures without being in hazard of losing real money. If any of you wants the ability to play around with real money without paying a dime you can give it a try. MagnusCash.com has a specific project dedicated to Cashflow. It’s called ‘Cashflow trainer’, you can easily find it on the website: magnuscash.com.

  • Yep I’ve also been playing it. Cashflow Game gives you the opportunity to shift your thinking and change your finances. This is very beneficial to everybody who wants to improve their financial status.

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