Teaching Your Kids How to Start Saving Money

Everyone knows that saving money is important, but no one thinks it's easy. So how will you talk with your kids about starting a new savings account?

The good news is there are a few financial habits that help everyone save more. If your kids learn these habits early on, they'll end up with more money in their pockets throughout their lives.

Here are eight smart savings tips for your kids:

1. Make a savings goal

Help your kids pick a realistic goal. You want them to set their sights high, but to be reasonable also. (After all, you may be bankrolling this project.) Tell them they can save $100 well before $1,000. Making small strides will end up taking them farther than they think.

2. Open a new savings account

A new, separate account is the best way to support a specific savings plan, especially when it's for a child. Once you set it up for them, go over the benefits of having a savings account. Your kids will earn interest—which may be more exciting to them than you realize—their savings will be insured, and you can both use an app to check how much is in the account.

3. Work for it

To make a significant impact on their savings, encourage your kids to work toward their goal. For teenagers, this might mean working for an employer like a local business. For younger kids, it might mean earning an allowance by doing chores. This way, they can control how much they make and how much they save.

4. Save those gift checks

A great way to save comes from the checks that kids receive for their birthdays and holidays. Tell them to deposit the money instead of spending it on a whim. If they tuck that money away into their savings account, it'll get them that much closer to their goal.

5. Be creative

Ask your kids if there are other ways they can save. Can they spend a little less on clothes, restaurants and entertainment like games, movies and music? Do they have old clothes or sports equipment that you can sell online? Help them be on the lookout for new ways to put more money in the bank.

6. Keep saved money in the bank

Once they've reached their savings goal, tell them they've got a new choice to make. They can use the money right away, or they can keep saving for a little while. Think about it this way: If they wait until they have $200 to spend $100, they'll keep at least $100 in the bank no matter what. It's their choice between having $100 or $0 at the end of the day. Let them decide and learn from their choice.

7. Remember the good and bad decisions

Ask them to look back at the choices they made as they saved. Which ones helped them more? Which ones ended up not helping at all? Did they have to spend money on any surprises along the way? Tell them that they can make up their minds about how they'd do things differently next time.

8. Set a new goal

Now that they've met their goal, help them choose a new one and follow these steps again. It's a habit that has to be learned over time. So keep reminding them and encouraging them to save every day.

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