Teaching Kids About Money

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Have you thought about teaching kids about money yet? Or, rather, teaching kids about the value of money? Actually, it’s not as easy as you might think…and it’s probably more important than you realize.

When teaching children about money, there are some tips to make it a little easier to drive the important points home.

Teaching kids about money when they’re 3 to 5 years old:

  1. You need money to buy things.
  2. You earn money when you work.
  3. Sometimes you have to wait before you can get the thing(s) you want.
  4. Things you want are different than things you need. (One way to do this is to identify wants vs. needs when you are out shopping with your child/children.)

When you have children this age, don’t forget the importance of setting a good example! They’re watching you — so if you are preaching the above lessons, it’s hard for them to reconcile that if you’re going out on shopping sprees with credit cards rather than practicing what you preach.

Teaching kids about money when they’re between 6 and 10 years old:

  1. You need to make good choices about spending money.
  2. It’s important to comparison-shop to find the best price. (Don’t forget to teach them about coupons and discount programs!)
  3. Be careful when online. Sharing credit cards or personal information could be costly — if someone gains access to your passwords or accounts, your money can be taken or your identity could be used.
  4. Putting your money in a savings account will keep it safe and earn interest for you!

All of these are key points when it comes to teaching kids about money — and they’re good reminders for parents, as well!

Teaching kids about money when they’re between 11 and 13:

  1. A good rule of thumb is to save at least a dime for every dollar you get.
  2. The sooner (and the more) you save money, you can earn even more money through interest.
  3. Using credit cards costs more than you think — similar to a loan, if you don’t pay it back right away, you will wind up paying a whole lot more than planned!

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Teaching kids about money when they’re teens:

  1. Their first paycheck isn’t going to be as big as they expect because of taxes.
  2. They shouldn’t use credit cards to buy things they can’t afford.
  3. When thinking about college, cost does matter. Will they be able to live at home or will they have to live on/off campus? Don’t forget books (they can be well over $100 per book), a computer, school supplies, and other incidentals. Also, you will want to advise them to not live off of credit cards — or fall into the trap of taking advantage of student offers for credit cards!
  4. Consider saving your money by investing in a Roth IRA.
No matter what, don’t leave your kids out of the equation when it comes to budgeting, using credit cards, being financially responsible, and preparing for their future. Teaching kids about money could be one of the most important lessons you impart!

This article contains information sourced from Genworth Financial, who sponsored this post.

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  1. Rachel Storey says

    With a 14 year old in the society we live in today, educating him financially is a constant battle between letting him be 14 and preparing him for the world.

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