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Personal Finance Tips for Children


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Anytime is the right time to begin teaching children about money, and the American Bankers Association has tips that can help parents teach money at home.

  • Talk openly about money with your kids. Communicate your values and experiences with money. Encourage them to ask you questions, and be prepared to answer them – even the tough ones.
  • Explain the difference between needs and wants, the value in saving and budgeting and the consequences of not doing so.
  • Set up a chore chart and give your children an allowance for completing their tasks.  Require them to save at least a small portion each week.  The three jars method, one for spending, one for saving and one for charitable contributions is a good way to impart a sense of responsibility.
  • Open up a savings account at your local bank for your children and take them with you to make deposits, so children can learn how to be hands-on in their money management.
  • Be an example of a responsible money manager by paying bills on time, being a conscious spender and an active saver. Children tend to emulate their parents’ personal finance habits.

You can visit the ABA’s Kids & Money web site for more tips and resources.  We’ve created these free bookmarks to help keep these savings tips in mind.

To help savers get started at a young age, we offer a savings account that can be opened with as little as $5.  There are no minimum balance requirements and no monthly service charges for children age 18 and under and for full-time college students.  More information about our student accounts is available on our web site or by contacting our office near you.