Tips to Teach your Kids about Smart Money Management
Examine your own attitudes about money.
Give your child an allowance and let them make their own spending choices with it.
As soon as your child understands that people use money to buy things they want, give them a small weekly allowance. Raise the amount each birthday to keep it in line with your child’s reasonable personal spending needs. Encourage them to plan purchases in advance. Giving them an allowance helps you balance your budget too, but only give them as much as you can afford. A guideline is $0.50 – $1.00 / year of age of your child.
Expect your child to help with family chores.
Provide extra income opportunities.
Teach your child to save regularly.
Set up a process for saving money in a piggy bank or bank account. Regularly monitor how much has been saved and talk to your child about goals for using their money.
Help your child discover the satisfaction of sharing.
Show your child how to be a wise consumer.
Before your child buys something, review alternative ways of spending the money to emphasize the necessity of making choices. Teach them to comparison shop for prices and quality. Discuss how advertisers persuade people to buy their products, and encourage your kids to be savvy about commercials.
Teach your child a healthy attitude towards credit.
When your child is old enough to understand what credit is, consider letting them borrow a small amount of extra money from you to make a major purchase. Negotiate how much your child will repay each week from their weekly allowance, and then be very careful about collecting the money and keeping track of the remaining balance each week until the debt is repaid.
Teach your child the value of wise investments.
Involve your child in family financial planning.
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