How soon is too soon to talk to your kids about money? If they’re old enough to ask for a toy or bike, they’re old enough to start learning financial lessons that will last a lifetime!
Teaching children to save money is an important life lesson that can help them develop good financial habits for the future. By following these tips, you can help your child develop good financial habits and set them on a path to financial success.
- College Fund
- Start saving early by opening a college savings account or exploring 529 college savings plan options.
- Ask your relatives to contribute to a college fund instead of giving toys.
- When it comes to saving and spending money, you always have a choice. Teaching your child the difference between wants and needs can play a big role in helping save money.
- Use these coloring pages from the American Bankers Association to teach your child about the difference between wants and needs!
- Visit the Bank
- Take your kids to the bank to gain an understanding of depositing money and making basic transactions.
- Ask your bank if they have a kids club. Central Bank’s Dollar Bill Kids Club teaches kids how to save. These clubs may offer rewards or prizes if your child makes a certain number of deposits to their savings account.
- Give your kids allowances to teach them about saving and spending money early on.
- Check out a great resource activity to use from the American Bankers Association when teaching your child about saving and spending!
- Create a saving jar, spending jar, sharing jar, and investing jar to show the different ways that money can be organized and used.
- Simple Job
- Help your kids find simple jobs, such as babysitting or car washing, to start earning and saving money.
- Use Real-Life Examples
- Take your kids to the grocery store. Have them help make decisions about what to buy based on your budget.
- Include your children when planning finances that involve them so they can learn how to make sound financial decisions.
- Savings and Spending Plan
- When starting a first job, help your child create a savings and spending plan so they learn smart strategies for using their money in the future.
- Research scholarships and other college funding resources now to cover the rising costs.
- There are a lot of expenses when your child goes off to school. Set a goal and start saving together for housing, travel and other costs.
- Talk to your teen about credit and avoiding identity theft. They should understand the implications of accumulating debt and aim to pay off their monthly balance in full.
- Help your teen learn about scholarships, investments and funding plans now so they’re better prepared to make decisions on what college, trade school or university to attend.
- Money Over Gifts
- Ask relatives and friends to contribute to a savings fund as a high school graduation gift.
Teaching children to save money takes time and effort, but the lessons they learn will stay with them for a lifetime. If you’re ready to open a bank account for your child, you can enjoy great customer service, security and fraud protection, and the latest tools within Online Banking and the Mobile Banking App with Central Bank. Open an account online or visit one of our convenient locations today!