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5 Easy Ways to Teach Kids How to Start Saving Money
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With Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas right around the corner, the season of spending is upon us. Between costumes, candy, huge family meals and presents, this time of year hits the wallet hard. Saving for other life necessities and emergencies can become a difficult task during this time of year and can put a real strain on money saving efforts.
Having a nest egg set back is great way to secure financial stability in the face of life’s unexpected expenses. Due to budgets, limited income and monthly monetary responsibilities, building a savings can sometimes become a difficult task.
This is where brightpeak financial can help.
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Get back on track, breathe new life into your savings account and ease into a money saving mindset by using these simple tips to get started. I do these with my children.
5 EASY WAYS TO START SAVING MONEY
1. Start small with small change.
Instead of using the change in your pocket or wallet, set it aside for saving. Once you start thinking of the nickels and dimes as non spendable, you'll start a habit. Sooner or later all that coinage adds up; And all with minimal effort. When you have saved up a substantial amount, put into your savings account instead of your wallet.
I have my children go around the house looking for change at least once a week. Since my husband always leaves change in his pockets, I get help doing the laundry while the kids find a little money that they can save.
*TIP: While coin counting services like Coin star are alluring, it's best to turn change into your bank. Coin counting machines usually charge a percentage fee and since most are located inside of stores, this increases the possibly of spending your money. Most banks will count customer coinage for free and you'll be less likely to spend your money if you put it directly into the bank.
2. Utilize services offered by your bank and employer.
Most paychecks have a direct deposit option and even allow you specify how much goes into which accounts. Instead of choosing to deposit the entire paycheck into the checking account, elect to deposit a small percentage each payday into the savings account. Then, leave the money there to accumulate. If the money is out of sight, it is most likely out of mind as well. Treat this money as though it doesn't exist to avoid wasteful spending.
The way that I adapt this with my children is by offering to place part of their allowance in a savings account and they love it. They save half of their allowances every single week.
3. Give your savings meaning.
Whether it's for a new pair of shoes, a new car or just for emergencies, define the purpose for the money you are working hard to keep. Creating this definition will give your efforts a greater sense of urgency and importance and might give you more resolve to keep to your goal.
Each of my children has a savings goal in mind. One child is saving for a new mountain bike, another child is saving for a dollhouse and the oldest child is saving for the farm he wants to buy someday.
4. Set saving goals for yourself.
Start small in the double digits ($20 to $50 or an amount your budget can handle) and work towards meeting that task with deadlines and a realistic plan of how to save money to accomplish this. Once you reach your starter goal, set another goal at a higher mark. Rinse, repeat and enjoy the benefits of keeping more of your money and being prepared for unexpected financial needs.
We do this with our children as well. Each child has an amount of money that they want to save. As they reach their goals, they can then purchase what they planned to purchase or change their goals.
5. Create a 24 hour rule and evaluate each purchase.
Before you buy anything, wait. Instead of completing the transaction immediately, (especially with online purchases, since there can be very impulsive) step back and wait 24 hours before buying. This time allows you to really decide if it's something you need or want. By cutting out the “want” spending, you can effectively increase the amount of money you are able to save.
This tip alone has saved everyone in my family money. We never make large or small impulse purchases anymore without waiting at least 24 hours and when they 24 hours is up, most of the time we don't buy the item.
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