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Article – Teaching Children About Money : Your Kids vs. Your Wallet
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Encourage Them to Work
Even young children can do extra chores around the house or yard to earn extra money. Teenagers should be encouraged to get a job. Working helps children understand that money comes at a cost, thus dispelling the money-tree notion. Working also improves their self-esteem and you can teach them to take pride in their work.
Have a Family Savings Fund
Save as a family for large expenses like vacations. Set up a jar or box for keeping the money in and post a chart tracking your progress where family members can be reminded.
Establish Spending Limits
Establish spending limits for items like clothes and shoes. Be willing to pay so much for something, but your child must make up the difference with his own funds if he goes over the allotted amount. For example, he may want a $100 pair of shoes. You agree to pay what you normally pay (say $40) and he has to pay the rest. New school clothes take a huge bite out of the family budget; why not enlist the aid of your kids? Agree to only pay for so much and then leave the buying up to them (within reason, of course). They may surprise you with what they are able to do with their money. Encourage them to watch for sales in order to maximize their dollars.
Take Your Child Grocery Shopping
If your child can run a calculator, she can help you grocery shop. Give her a fixed amount that you will spend on groceries and have her subtract each item from the total as you shop. Teach her to compare food labels and get the best product for the money. Ask for her input about how you can reduce your overall grocery bill.
There are many ways to teach your children the value of money and help them build valuable skills. If you don't teach them, who will? So take the opportunity to call a cease-fire in the battle between your kids and your wallet and work out a compromise in which both sides win.