Thursday, March 14, 2013

Practical Ways To Save Money

It is important for parents to teach their children about money management because instilling good practices early in their lives will prepare them for the years to come. There are a number of things moms can do to help their kids’ financial budgeting and overall spending. Not only can parents teach proper practices but lead by example as well. 
Early Practices
Moms should introduce their children to money earlier in their lives. Money should not be an intrusive factor but they should grasp the concept of conserving it and that concept should be exposed as early as possible. 
It is important for parents to communicate their feeling of finances to their children so they can adopt their perception of money and adopt the good money management practices as well. If parents are vocal of their way of saving money, nurturing their finances, and spending the money wisely, then it is likely to get across to the children.
Teach Practical Methods
Help kids know the difference between the types of things they should spend their money on. The difference between wants and needs will help them decide which products or services actually deserve their money. 
The ability to set goals is a great way to learn the value of money. Parents can perform this buy introducing their children to an allowance, then the kids will have to learn to set goals for the money they have. For the toy or game they want to buy, parents can set a goal of saving up a few weeks prior to the purchase. 

Searching for coupons and buyer deals can be a great deal of help as well. Parents can consider their kids’ needs and save money at the same time.
Emphasis on the concept of saving rather than spending is a great part of money management. Explain that saving money is how the money grows to a larger amount and spending on things other than needs are the quickest ways to lose money. Children tend to want to satisfy themselves quickly so getting the saving methods across may be difficult but worth it. As they grow older they will realize that saving will pay off when it comes to credit and paying bills. 
As you continue to teach these money conservation methods your children will adopt them as their own. They will then become successful with their own saving habits. 


Liz Mays said...

Goal setting is great so that they learn how delay gratification, thus maybe helping to prevent that tendency to charge everything on credit.

Anonymous said...

That's what we're working on now, the difference between wants and needs.

Kerri said...

Financial literac is such an important skill. Thanks for the Reminder!

Queentob said...

I agree with Liz, you need to know how it feels to get something AFTER you have saved for it. we use cash a lot and try to teach by example. Our little ones are 4, and 3, but we put money in there piggy banks, and take them to buy things when they get a monetary gift. They can only spend what they have, we don't add to it....