15 Ways to Teach Kids About Finances

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Take children to a credit union or bank to open their own savings accounts. Beginning the regular savings habit early is one of the keys to savings success. Remember, don't refuse them when they want to withdraw a portion of their savings for a purchase--This may discourage them from saving at all. You can also introduce children to U.S. savings bonds. Bonds are still a good value, costing one-half their face value and earning interest that in some instances will be tax-free if used for a college education. Perhaps more importantly, when given as a gift, bonds will not be spent immediately, reinforcing saving and goal-setting lessons.

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  • kierah

    One method my friends have used with their young children is to teach the difference between “needs” and “wants.” Before these kids even understand money, they understand that Mommy and Daddy will handle the needs, but when we just want something it has to be earned. Even a 5 year old can understand this and it is something that will be used in budgeting throughout financial life.

  • Tia

    If my kids lost or damaged something that we bought them, we replace it but at cost to the kids-they forgo their allowance for whatever the cost of the item was. For instance, my daughter lost a pair of running shoes that I bought specifically for her to run on the cross country team. They cost $130; she receives $10 per week in allowance. So, I repurchased the shoes but it took her 13 weeks before she could receive her allowance again. Also, when they have gotten gifts in the form of money, I have withheld a portion to cover things like lost glasses. Money is important and you can never start too early with that lesson and the lesson of being responsible and respectful of other people’s money.

  • http://www.facebook.com/bob.pierson2 Bob Pierson

    Great article. Grew up knowing how to use money, responsible with money and if u borrowed, it would cost… blah blah blah. However, I really know very little. These reoccurring national economic challenges are complicated and need understanding far greater than being a consumer. Question is: what, when and how do you teach about our resource management system ? And what morels and ethics do u instill?

  • Tha Real Hamia

    Re: #7: But where do you get this 6% interest tho?? o_O I haven’t seen such since the 90′s

  • Jenifer

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