4 tips on how to teach your children money management

Wednesday 19th January 2022

Understanding the value of money and how to manage cash will be a critical skill for your offspring once they fly the nest and that’s when the prior knowledge of saving, spending and sharing comes into its own.

So, if you’re looking into how you can make cash flow control a little more ‘entertaining’ for your children, we’ve got four tips to help. But, be warned… there may be homework!

4 tips on teaching money management:

  1. Set saving challenges
  2. Shop for groceries together
  3. Encourage their entrepreneurial side
  4. Start a savings accounts

1. Set saving challenges

We’ve all heard the saying, ‘money doesn’t grow on trees’ (most likely from our own parents) but knowing where it does come from is a vital step towards financial responsibility.

For older children, you can both agree savings goals that they want to achieve weekly, monthly or annually. Giving them the tools to understand how they can save a percentage of their pocket money – or pay packet – means they’re working towards something achievable, and it’ll give them a sense of pride when they get to their desired total.

For younger children, get creative and decorate spending, saving and sharing jars together. They can then use these and add real/toy money to them when they complete fun challenges.

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2. Shop for groceries together

In the current climate, this is of course more difficult. But, when we’re experiencing more ‘normality’, a trip to the supermarket not only helps them to learn more about what they eat – and where it comes from – but also how much it costs.

When you make your shopping list, get your toddler to do the same. You can also create colourful labels with the names of fruit and veg and then challenge them to find the items, and point out the price. For teenagers, agree on a recipe you’d like to cook together, get the ingredients and work out how much each portion costs per person.

3. Encourage their entrepreneurial side

We’re seeing more media stories of young business leaders channelling their innovative side and selling products for a profit. If you have a budding entrepreneur in your family, help them to create a business plan where they can map out costs and ‘know their numbers’ – from understanding marketing budgets to managing cash flow.

4. Start a savings account

Opening an ISA for your youngster means they’ll not only have a brilliant start to their financial future, but when they’re older they can choose whether they want to keep topping it up or take out the cash to spend on something they’ve worked towards such as their first house or car.

Look into children’s debit cards and useful budgeting apps too, so you’re helping your child save, spend and share.

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