Years ago, when the kids were younger, we utilized a simple savings program, to help them understand responsible money management. We paid them an allowance, which they in turn had to divide into five different categories by percentage. Something like this:
- Tithe/Charity: 10%
- Savings for Future/Emergency Fund: 40%
- Savings for Specific Items: 20%
- Spending Money/Gifts for others: 20%
- Educational/Books: 10%
It was a great program to get them started, but as they got older, we got away from using it. (Thankfully, they were diligent to protect their envelope kit, and the folder with their savings for the future sat untouched!)
The program starts with entering all money on hand in a register, then tracking all future income and expenses in one place. This was the fun part for us. I watched my son’s face light up as he pulled out his wallet, his secret storage box, and his old envelope system and began to count it out. I don’t think either child had any idea how much money they really had!
The program has the parent act as the banker, but because of their past savings and their ages, we chose to use this time to get real bank accounts for them to manage. They will keep a regular check register for their real bank account and a separate register for their spending money at home.
After learning to track their money, they learned about goal setting, budgeting, and even simple and compound interest. Each new concept is followed by application through a related assignment.
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What a great way to get your kids started with Money Management. I love that you have the choice between using an online app OR a workbook. We chose to focus primarily with the workbook edition, because we are using technology solutions for so many other subjects. Both are easy to navigate and effective in teaching your child how to manage their money.
Here’s a quote from the FamilyMint website:
“Financial success and independence starts with forming the right habits and behaviors. This simple step-by-step program is designed to enhance learning and ensure success.”
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Obviously the key to making this a successful program for your child, is to continue utilizing the concepts learned. The Money Management Certification Program by FamilyMint sets them on an excellent path to disciplined money management. Starting good habits young, will help them achieve goals and make good financial decisions later in life.
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