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Teaching Youth to Save

Financial habits are learned at a very young age. These days, people are increasingly forced to pay greater attention to personal finance and are discovering that they are unprepared to handle their own finances, let alone educate their children. While many parents are seeking more information to better their own financial situation, they often forget or are not confident enough to pass on the lessons they are learning. This needs to change. Remember that it’s never too late to start talking with your kids about finances if you haven’t begun yet, but ideally you want to begin as early as kindergarten. Current data shows that children of wealthy parents are more financially savvy later in life, but this is a matter of confidence on the part of parents. Even low-income families can be confident about their financial situations, and pass that onto their kids through open conversations and planning. Educating yourself, along with your children, is absolutely essential for financial fitness and security later in life.

Make a Habit of Saving With Your Child Each Week

Each week, set aside a few dollars and put it into a savings account or into a piggy bank at home. Make sure you have one account for yourself and one for your child. As weeks go buy, you and your children can watch your respective savings grow! Be sure to stick with your savings plan and only spend your savings on things you really want. By doing this you will not only start to save yourself, but will also help your child start to save as well.

Set a Goal. Make a Plan. Save Automatically. With Your Children.

  • Create a savings plan and goal. Pick something you want to save for and an amount that you can realistically save every month. Most young savers choose to save between $5 and $25 dollars a month, but save more if you can.
  • Keep your savings in a bank account or some other place that is not easy to access. If you keep the money you want to save in your wallet, it’s too easy to spend.
  • Have a plan for making regular deposits into your savings account or piggy-bank. If possible, it’s best to make your deposits automatically, by asking your employer to deposit a portion of your paycheck directly into your savings account. Or, set a schedule for yourself and pick one day each week or each month to make a deposit. 

Are you ready to set your goal?

America Saves, a non-profit that encourages individuals and families to save money and build personal wealth, can help you develop your goals and take action. When you join as a saver, you’ll receive the following benefits:

  • Free subscription to the quarterly American Saver newsletter.
  • Free monthly e-mail newsletters with savings advice from national experts.
  • Free access to the members-only Savers Tracking Tool to help you reach your goals.
  • 100 bonus credits with SaveUp

 

This guest post was provided by Katie Bryan, Communications Manager, America Saves.org

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