Teaching Kids to Save – Some Important Habits to Start Early.
You will do your children a big favor by teaching them the value of money if you give them
an allowance in return for chores. They will learn the importance of saving towards future goals and gain the self
discipline and skills that so many people lack in today’s society.
1. Start an allowance when a child starts elementary school. School signals the beginning of
important responsibilities for children.
2. Set a specific time when money is distributed and stick to it (just like the real world).
Being late implies it’s OK to be irresponsible.
3. Distribute allowance at the beginning or middle of the week. Most kids spend most of their
money on the weekends. Giving early in the week forces them to think about how they’ll spend it later.
4. Make the allowance large enough so that some of it can be saved. It will also give the child
an opportunity to develop a need to save.
5. As children get older, increase their allowance and what it should cover. This gives them
more experience managing larger sums of money to make choices about how to spend it.
6. Consider your income when deciding how much to give. But here are general “salaries”
° Ages 6-8, $2.00
° Ages 9-11,
° Ages 12-13, $7.00
° Ages 14-15, $11.00
° Ages 16-17, $14.00