Children And Savings (The Top 3 Strategies For Teaching Kids About Saving Money)

Historically parents have not done a good job on teaching their children about money or saving money.  Parents send their children to school and they feel that the school and the teachers in the school will teach the kids about money.  WRONG, that couldn’t be further from the truth.

I am asked over and over again when is a good time to get started?  How early should I start teaching my children about saving?  Many parents believe that they should wait until he child is a little older (teenagers) before they teach them about money and savings.

I teach parents to start teaching their children around the age of three or four.  Yes, you heard me right, start teaching them around three or four.  You are not going to beat them over the head about savings but you should start teaching them about money.

Here are three of the top strategies for teaching kids about saving money:

1) What Is Money And How Does It Work – Start teaching your children early.  Don’t wait on this, this is a critical step.  Teach your children what real money is worth, use coins and bills in the educational process.  Explain how much each coin is worth.  Show them one and five dollar bills, teach them how to read each bill.

2) Set Up A Savings Plan – Historically parents use various methods for savings.  Although some are better than others the important thing is that you are doing something.  There are three methods that you can use, here they are:

A) The Piggy Bank – When using a piggy bank allow your children to put the money in the bank themselves.  What you are doing is you are getting them used to putting their money in the bank.  Psychologically you are getting them used to savings because they are placing the money in the bank themselves.

B) A Savings Account – Placing the money in a savings account is a great way to save money for your children.  It is not a good way for your children to learn about saving money for themselves.  I am not against putting money into a savings account but what I am in favor of is to have your children go to the bank with you and let them hand their money to the teller.  This gets them used to making deposits at an early age.

C) A Jar System – Using clear plastic containers to save money in is a wonderful idea.  If your child is saving for a particular item that they want to buy, let’s say there is a new doll that they want, you would have a clear jar for them to put the money in.  The visualization of the money in the jar is a very powerful motivator to get them to want to save more.

3) Allowance – Take a few chores around the house or in your business and give it a dollar amount that it is worth.  You could also do this with tasks for your business, your kids could file, do data entry, etc.  This next part is an important psychological step, when you pay them, don’t call it allowance, instead call it commission.  Get them used to getting paid for what they do.

Teaching your children about money and savings is a very important process that parents should teach their children.  Start them off young and you will engrain your kids with this wonderful lesson.

Strategy Based Profits TIP: – Teach them young and remember it is a never ending process!

Robert J. Roy
Money Man