March 26, 2024
By: Jennifer Floyd

We all know that the ability to save money is a fundamental life skill but how can parents and guardians ensure their children are equipped with this skill?

Teaching children the importance of saving money and making sure they fully understand that importance early can set them on the path to financial success in adulthood. By instilling good saving habits in adolescence, parents can empower their kids to make informed and confident financial decisions and build a secure future for themselves. We have five simple yet effective tips to help parents teach their children the value of saving:

1. Set Up a Savings Account:

Opening a savings account for your child is an excellent way to introduce them to the concept of saving money. Bring them into our branch and explain how the account works, including how interest accrues over time. Encourage them to deposit a portion of any money they receive as gifts or allowances into their savings account regularly.

2. Discuss Wants vs. Needs:

Teach your children to differentiate between wants and needs. Sit down with them and discuss the importance of prioritizing spending money on essential items over unnecessary purchases. Use real-life examples to help them understand the difference, such as explaining that buying a new toy is a want, while purchasing groceries for the family is a need.

3. Allow Them to Earn Their Own Money:

Encourage your children to earn their own money through age-appropriate tasks or chores around the house. This teaches them the value of hard work, instills a sense of responsibility and independence, and helps create a mindset that their earnings are theirs and not just something they were given. Whether it’s helping with household chores, walking the neighbor’s dog, or selling handmade crafts, earning money can be a valuable learning experience for children and will help when it’s time for them to get a job elsewhere.

4. Help Them Set Savings Goals:

Guide your children in setting realistic savings goals based on their interests and aspirations. Whether they’re saving up for a new video game, a special toy, or a future college fund, having clear goals and tracking their progress can motivate them to save diligently. Break down larger goals into smaller milestones to make the process more manageable and celebrate their progress along the way.

5. Provide Incentives for Meeting Savings Goals:

Offer incentives to reward your children for reaching their savings goals. This could be anything from a special outing or activity to a small monetary bonus. Incentives can help reinforce positive saving behaviors, encourage them to keep working at it, and make the process more enjoyable for kids.

By implementing these tips, parents can empower their children to develop healthy saving habits that will serve them well throughout their lives.

Teaching kids the value of saving money early on not only fosters financial responsibility but also lays the foundation for a secure and prosperous future. Start teaching your children the importance of saving today, and watch them grow into financially savvy adults tomorrow. As always, your team at Newton Federal is here for you in whatever way you need and we are happy to sit down with you and your child to get this process started.

Newton Federal is not a financial advisory firm.
For detailed information or advice regarding your financial health and any credit card debt, you should reach out to a licensed financial advisor.