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Getting Your Kids Off on the Right Foot Financially

Many people struggle with financial issues on regular basis, and many of these problems can be traced back to a lack of learning early on in life. If you want to update your children off on the right foot financially, there are many different strategies that you could use to teach them. Here are a few tips on getting your kids started in the right direction:

boy with money
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Lead By Example 
One of the best things that you can do when it comes to teaching your kids the basics of finances is to lead by example. Many people make the mistake of trying to live an extravagant lifestyle that they cannot afford in front of their children. No matter how well you try to teach your kids about finances, they will pay attention to your example much more intently. They'll probably pick up a lot of your habits with money. For example, if you make a habit of shopping wisely and frugally, they may do the same. From finding suitable nursery furniture at a fair price to shopping for their first vehicle, you can show them how to handle money correctly.

Use an Allowance 
Another great idea to tell teach your kids about money is to give them a regular allowance. An allowance will help get your kids some money to use as they wish. You should provide them the allowance simply for being part of the family, but as a part of the family, they should have some responsibilities to take care of. If they don't take care of their responsibility, then they don't get their allowance. If they have a sibling, you can pay him or her to fulfill the child's obligations. In most cases, the child won't want to miss out on his allowance again and will do his chores the next time.

Saving Their Money 
In addition to providing your kids with allowance, they should also learn the importance of saving money. Give them a piggy bank and teach them how to save part of what you give them. Over time, they'll be able to accumulate some money to make bigger purchases with. This will form a habit that can stay with them for a lifetime. While there are many different lessons that you can teach your kids about money, the important thing is to teach them early. The difference that it makes in their lives will be substantial.


Dens said…
these are great tips to help the kids become financially responsible adults. nice post Chinchin!
Chin chin said…
Thank you Mommy Dens. It's been a while since you dropped by. Glad you did.
Unknown said…
i agree mommy chin chin. i am now starting to teach my children about the value of how and how to use it. now they know they need money to have the things that they want.

my mom was a good example to me on how she handled her money. one thing i wish is that i learned how to manage a business when i was still young. that i will do in my children

thanks for your post

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