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Teach Your Kids Smart Money Habits: Start Them Young!

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Kids know that their parents are the ones responsible for buying them the stuff they need.  They do not know the value of money but if you start teaching them smart money habits while they are young, aside from learning early, they will also have a great value for money as they grow up.  Let me give you some smart money habits that you can pick from and apply to your kids.

Do not waste food or buy too much
This may not be directly related to figures but we have to make sure that our kids are aware that we spend money to buy food. Kids may be fascinated with an ad they saw on television about a food craze and they want to taste it too but they end up not liking them so they don’t eat them at all.  Wasting food is equals to wasting money you use to but it.

Give a limit when shopping
When it’s time for your shopping trip or you have promised your kid that you will but him/her something, you give them a certain figure as a budget. Apart from being able to recognize what’s on the price tag. They will also learn how to budget and only but what fits the budget. This will have a long-term effect on them.

Sell unused items
You may get them involved in a garage sale that you are putting up. They can sell their unused stuff like toys or clothes that they have outgrown. Aside from earning their own money, they will be able to identify if they already have more they have more stuff than they needed.

Keep old clothes for hand me downs
Fashion just repeats itself. If you don’t want to sell clothes or it just really have that great value for you, keep them in the storage.  Let your kids learn how to use hand me downs. You’ll be surprised that sometimes the little ones are not only the ones inheriting old clothes from their older siblings but it can be the other way around.  Your kids will learn that they can save money by not always buying new clothes.

Do not buy unnecessary things
Advertising is very appealing to kids, especially with toys and craft materials. They get too focused on brands with great features when shown on TV and they want to get one for them right away. They do not realize that they actually have the same stuff but a different brand. Let them know the amount of the money they will save if they keep away from buying things that are not necessary.

Give goals for saving
Cut out pictures from magazines that your kids want to have. The options have no limit. It may be a cheap toy, a gadget or an expensive car. You may post them on the wall or in a scrapbook. It will serve as their inspiration to save their lunch money or earnings from the garage sale.  You can also teach them how to note the amount they have saved for that day so they know when they will reach their goal.  

Book sale, bargains or E-Books
Does your child love reading? Teach him/her to visit book sale and bargains first so they can get books at a cheaper price. You may also want to introduce them to an e-book app where they can get books for free.

Teaching your kids smart money habits can be as simple as giving them their own piggy bank where they can drop their money and save them for something they really want.  Try to refrain from giving them what they only want and not what they really need.  This may be a parent’s way to prevent their kids from throwing a tantrum and making a scene. If you talk to them and explain well the value of saving, they will be able to learn to appreciate the value of money and take this with them as they grow up and earn their own living.


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19 thoughts on “Teach Your Kids Smart Money Habits: Start Them Young!

  1. As parents…its our duty to make our kid the best we can to enter the society. I think we lacking can degrade the society. Thus is a beautiful and informative piece.

    1. Thank you for that, Lipi. 🙂

  2. I agree. I would do the same too! Great tips

  3. First off – beautiful blog! First time reader here. Second, great information. We are currently trying to get out of debt, and I can’t wait until my kids are a little bit older so they can understand the importance of Financial Smarts! Great info!

    1. I am glad this post somehow helped in a way. Thank you so much!

  4. Great article, even at my age these things still apply!

  5. I really like your post. It is important to be aware of those things and try to give a good example to the kids. I just think it is sadly not so common in practice…

  6. Great tips. We got my 6 year old nephew a piggy bank as a present to start him early.

  7. This is such a wonderful life skill. Xoxo

  8. Great parenting tips! These are definitely tips and values that should be established for young children. I don’t have kids yet but have thought about how to handle this topic in the future. This is good advice that more parents should use!

  9. Excellent article that brought back so many memories of my childhood a long long time ago….lol. The purpose of my allowance was to teach me about budgeting. My dad would even buy things like candy bars or sodas we liked and then would ‘sell’ them to us and we paid with money from our ‘earnings (allowance)’ It taught us so many valuable lessons about making choices and how to save for all of the things we really wanted. Looking back on this it provided a great lesson that has really paid dividends still today.

  10. Financial education is an important skill children must learn. If they start learning about money in kindergarten, why not put it into practice early on as well ? This was a good read and I really love your blog colors, very soothing to the eyes.

  11. This is some excellent advice!

  12. Lovely article. A very good read indeed.. I am sure it will be very helpful for me .. I am at the stage where I need to make my daughter understand the value of money

  13. This is a wonderful post about how to teach kids on money habits. Thanks for giving me an insight.

  14. Great ideas. My kids are grown, but they thank me now that I taught them how to function as adults when they were small.

  15. Good advice thanks for guiding…

  16. Nice and handful tips for kids..But I feel that there should be an age for the same

  17. Great post! We’ve taken Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace and are teaching our children. Life changing!

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