Saving money is the first step to true financial freedom. You cannot live life financially free if you need to borrow money often or are creating more debt than you can pay off. The problem so many families have, is finding a way to save that works for them. There are so many different methods, and it sometimes takes learning the tips and tricks of the trade, trying, and failing a few times before you find a way to save as a family. If you’re in this together, you are more likely to succeed.
You may have grown up in a household where kids were not a part of the everyday budget planning. Back in the day parents were more private about financial matters, but I’ve found that involving kids at an age-appropriate level with household budget plans helps them become financially savvy adults. While I’m not telling you to divulge all your household finances, perhaps there’s a middle ground where you can include kids in the household budget plans. Today we’re sharing some tips on how you can include the kids in this process so that they have stronger comprehension skills when it comes to money management.
Good money management is the foundation of any successful family. You should always make withdrawals using money you already have, instead of money you haven’t earned yet. Most of us know the basics but putting good financial habits into practice is often a different story. Review several tips to help you overcome a family-wide financial emergency.
The role of a parent is to teach their kids valuable skills such as manners, social etiquette and smaller tasks like tying their shoelaces or brushing their teeth. A parent’s job is never ending but oh so rewarding. But, one of the areas that many parents neglect to focus on is teaching their kid the importance of a credit score. Your kid may think a credit score is just another number that doesn’t matter or they have no idea what a credit score is. This all depends upon how involved with the finances your kids have been. Today I want to give you some tips on how to teach kids the importance of a credit score.
It may seem like a difficult challenge to teach your teen to save money. The teen years are certainly full of new challenges and most parents aren’t quite sure how they will survive. Reality is, every parent before you survived the teen years just fine, and I’m sure that you will too. One of the things that teens are starting to navigate on their own is money. With all the spending possibilities on offer right now, teens might not have much interest in saving for the future.
Today I want to showcase a few simple ways you can encourage your teen to save money so that they learn to be financially savvy adults.
There’s nothing like taking time for a relaxing vacation with your family. When it’s done right, you all create memories that last a lifetime. But vacations often become far more stressful than they should be, and much of that is because of poor planning. Here are a few of the top tips to help you plan a fantastic family vacation.
As daunting as the task may seem, building a family budget is important. Don’t complicate the task by trying to build a complicated spreadsheet, unless of course, you are an expert at this. Instead, old-fashioned paper and pencil can easily map the layout for your family budget. Below are five useful tips to help begin your family’s budgeting journey.
Our previous advice of using see through jars to explain saving money to kids, and showing differences between each coin and bill is still valid. But the truth is, that the physical object of money has started to disappear. Digital age brings us even more use of credit cards. And it also adds to the mix smartphone apps and other methods to pay for items without handing over actual cash (or anything – not even a card). This can make teaching kids managing money a lot more difficult. You can’t only teach them about the physical paper and coin money. Kids will need to learn more about money in the digital age. Today I’m sharing a guide to help you explain digital money to kids in a digital age.
The discussion of whether or not to pay kids for chores is an important topic to address. While the opinion on this subject varies from home to home, there is a benefit to paying kids for chores. Those households who pay for chores use the logical reasoning thought process that adults get paid to do their job, so why not pay kids to do their job as well. The other side of the picture thinks that kids shouldn’t be paid to do chores as they should be a part of life skills they simply need to learn to survive as adults. While both sides of the discussion have valid points, today I wanted to share a few reasons why paying kids for chores is beneficial for certain things.
Many parents struggle with teaching their kids about money because they don’t feel confident about the financial side of life as it is. There are some households who immediately feel an allowance is the right answer. They want to ensure their kids get a weekly allowance based on a list of chores that have to be completed. Then there are other households who feel chores should be a part of the kids’ day to day life because they need to be taught responsibilities. There is no correct answer when it comes to providing your own kid an allowance or not, it’s all about what works best in your household to go along with your views on this subject.