Learn how to talk to your kids about money
- At the bank
When you go to the bank, bring your children with you and show them how a transaction works. Get the manager to explain how the bank operates, how money generates interest and how and ATM works. Ask the manager for a tour; be sure to ask to see the vault.
- On payday
Discuss how your pay is budgeted to pay for housing, food and clothing, and how a portion is saved for future expenses such as college tuition and retirement.
- At the market
It’s easy to give clear examples of "needs" vs. "wants" using different kinds of foods at the grocery store. Explain the benefits of comparison shopping, coupons and store brands.
- Chores and allowances
Assign chores and give them a monetary value. Discuss ways to budget and divide allowances. Encourage children to set a financial goal, such as saving for a bike, and figure out how to achieve it.
- Paying bills
Explain the many ways that bills can be paid: over the phone, paper or by check, electronic check or online check. Discuss how each method of bill pay takes money out of your account.
- Using credit cards
Explain that credit cards are a loan and need to be repaid. Share how each month a credit card statement comes in the mail with a bill.
- Browsing the Internet
While online, explain to your children how valuable their personal information and privacy is to you, to them and to online predators.
- Planning a vacation
Whether you are planning an outing to a local amusement park or a once in a lifetime trip, emphasize the value of savings as a family.
The above examples are provided by the American Bankers Association, How to talk to your kids about money.