How to Teach Young Children to Save Money

How to Teach Young Children to Save Money

Saving money is one of the most important life lessons you can teach children. It’s the foundation for building a secure financial future and it’s never too early to teach young children this important lesson. It’s something they will carry with them throughout life.

How to Teach Young Children to Save Money
A man, a woman and child’s hands holding a pink piggy bank.

Start talking to your child about saving money as soon as he understands what it is. Even toddlers can add money to the piggy bank and when they get older and more curious about money, explain why saving is important and the difference between needs and wants.

Here are a few tips to help teach young children to save money:

Give your kids an allowance for doing certain chores around the house. It teaches them that money is earned, not given.

How to Teach Young Children to Save Money
4 pink piggy banks

Use different piggy banks to separate the money into at least three groups. One is a savings account for the future, one is the money you need to buy that special toy and one is for free spending and sharing with others.

How to Teach Young Children to Save Money
Monopoly Board Game

Play games that teach kids the value of a dollar. Monopoly, Cashflow 101, Payday and The Game of Life are some of the most popular board games used to teach kids about money.

How to Teach Young Children to Save Money
Family shopping together

Allow your kids to watch when paying bills and answer their questions as you go. It’s also a good idea to take them with you grocery shopping. Watching you will help teach them good financial habits.

When possible, give children the freedom to make some financial decisions themselves. This will allow them to make and learn from their own mistakes when they’re young. This way, they won’t make the same mistakes when they’re older.

How to Teach Young Children to Save Money
How to Teach Young Children to Save Money

Teaching kids the value of a dollar when they’re young will help them learn the skills they need to have a secure financial future.

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  1. It’s not an easy thing for children to grasp but very worthwhile. With mine, when they got their pocket money, they were allowed to spend half or save it as they wanted and the other half went into their savings accounts.

  2. Some great savings strategies for children. I really like the idea to use different piggy banks to separate the money into at least three groups.

  3. When young if my son wanted some toy or other item, he had to save for it. That way he appreciated it that much more.

  4. Good to have knowledge of this at an early age. Lots of fun ways to learn. I agree that this concept is key, especially in the current monetary world we live in

  5. There are some great tips here. My oldest has a “saving” piggy bank. Whenever I find coins with her birth year on it, they go in there. It’s pretty full! She also has a “special treat” bank. She’s learning that the toys that she wants aren’t cheap! 🙂

  6. Give children the freedom to make some financial decisions is great idea to give them opportunity to manage their finances and “feel” the responsibility for their actions!

  7. Leading by example is very important. I also believe in teach them about taxes. When they earn money and buy things there are taxes. Knowledge is power!

  8. Our little one made some mistakes and fixed them later, learned some valuable lessons that he should count his money and keep them safe!


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