Monday, May 5, 2008

How to Teach Your Child About Budgeting

As a parent it is your primary responsibility to equip your children with life skills. Learning how to properly manage a budget is one of life's most valued skills; both spending and saving habits can be taught early on. If you show them an appropriate balance between the two, you can save them many years of financial difficulty.
1. Be a role model. Allow your child to see you budget, comparison shop, and save. Bring them to the bank and let them watch you put money in a savings account. Explain to them what you are doing while you are doing while you are doing it.

2. Invite them to participate. Ask your child to help you find and read the unit price numbers at the grocery store in order to find the best bargains. Encourage them to look for coupons and sales in weekly fliers. Review the family budget with your children, especially if you're also trying to teach them to help cut down on expenses by doing things like turning off lights when they leave a room. Plan the family vacation together with your child, assigning them the task of researching air fare, hotel rates and rental cars.

3. Provide an allowance. Start with a small amount as soon as they are old enough to understand that money can buy things. Pay their allowance with bills and coins to allow the child to sort them into different containers labeled with different budgeting categories. Encourage part-time work instead of an allowance when the time is right. It will teach them not only to manage their money but also to manage their time.

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