Money is not usually a laughing matter, but financial literacy instructor and standup comic Colin Ryan does his best in Economy of Me. Targeting Vermont high school students, Ryan engages kids with lines like "Budgeting is one of the most life-changing things I've ever done. And believe me, I know exactly how boring that makes me sound." The need is there, based on financial-literacy surveys conducted by the Association of Vermont Credit Unions. The group paid for Ryan, a San Diego native and former journalist, to bring his popular presentation to more than 5000 students, from Rutland to Richford. "Not only is this exactly the kind of message we need high school students to hear," suggests Marti Kingsley of the Vermont Student Assistance Corporation. "This is exactly who they need to hear it from: a dynamic presenter like Colin who they will actually listen to."