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Kids & Saving

It is never too early to start teaching your kids the importance of saving money. Learning to save helps set goals, and shows how earning interest helps money grow over time. Here are some fun ways to get kids excited about saving.
Younger Kids
Pretend to spend
When your kids are in pre-school or elementary school, set up a fake store or restaurant at home. Give them a certain amount of fake money and create scenarios, like buy five items with your money or buy three meals for less than $20. By learning how transactions work in a safe environment, they'll understand them better in the real world.
Play Monopoly
Board games can be a great way to introduce financial concepts and teach children how to balance spending and saving in a fun and interactive way. By seeing how much cash they have, kids will learn how to visualize money. You can also use fake money to explain the family budget.
Make It a Game
Kids are often drawn to competition, so make saving money a game. Challenge them to save a designated amount each month. If they do it, they win a bonus from you. If they don't, they don't get anything extra. You can also add other incentives, like going to a movie or buying a new pair of shoes — whatever motivates your child to win.
Older Kids
Match It
A great first step is to match their savings. Just like your employer matches your 401k contributions, match whatever your child saves. This can work for big purchases like a car or laptop, and will help them value their gift more and appreciate how long it takes to save for a big-ticket item. Try creating a countdown to help them visualize their savings goals.
Let Them Make Their Own Purchases
Giving kids an allowance can help them learn how good it feels to buy something they really want. For example, if you're going on a family vacation or big trip, let them know they'll be responsible for their own souvenirs. It will cut down on them asking you to buy something, and it will teach them the value of buying things for themselves. Plus, it'll make those decisions feel more real if they are making purchases using their own money.
Give Them a Budget
Instead of giving your kids a piggy bank without any direction, show them how to divide up their money between saving, spending, and giving to charity. By instilling these habits while they're young, it'll be easier for them once they're dealing with larger sums of money. You can use your own budget as an example and share what percentages you'd recommend they use. You can also create short-term savings goals and long-term goals — that way they'll learn how to save separately for a new video game versus a more expensive item, like a new bike.
Make Them Part of the Process
When you're shopping with your kids, encourage them to join you in saving money. For example, give them coupons at the grocery store and ask them to find the right items and compare prices. If you're shopping for clothes, give them a budget and challenge them to find the items they need within the allowed amount. As your children get older, show them how you pay the mortgage or what your 401k statement looks like. These are all great ways to make them more comfortable with financial documents before they have to look at their own.
Open their first Savings Account
Get your kids their first savings account and they can watch their money grow! Whether they are saving for something special or their college education, the earlier you start, the better. Tell family members where you bank and they can make deposits to help invest in their savings for holidays and special occasions too. Get your kids in the habit of visiting the bank to make deposits often.
Find out about our Buckaroo Kids Savings. Contact us to learn more about our savings options and an account that would work best for your kids.

There's an App for that!

Looking for an easy way to track chores and teach savings at the same time. Check out these apps and more in your app store to find the one that's right for you and your family. We do not own or support the apps mentioned. This is just fun information for parents to think about fun tech-savvy ways to connect with your kids on saving money. 


Allowance Apps that Require a Bank Account

Chore Check

Price: $0 for basic services and $9 per month for Chore Check Pay, a service that includes electronic payments and a debit Mastercard.

Description: Chore Check gives families a choice of whether they want to use its basic services for free or pay $9 a month for an upgraded service that include a savings account and checking account, with a debit card, for the kids.

What Children Do with the App: Young people use the app to see what chores they have and how much they will receive for those chores. Once the chores are completed, kids can use the app to see how their earned dollars are allocated to their spending, savings and giving accounts. If their parent has signed up for a kid’s debit card then they are able to use their account to track the transactions they make with their debit card.

What Parents Do with the App: Parents use the app to create chores, schedule them and assign a dollar amount to each chore. As children complete each task, the parent approves whether the app can pull money from their own account to put into their child’s bank accounts.

Go Henry

Price: $3.99/per child/per month (your first month is free)

Description: GoHenry is similar to BusyKid except it focuses less on building work ethic and more on personal finance (and it’s been around longer—since 2012).

What Children Do with the App: Children or teens using the app have a dashboard where they can mark what tasks are complete. They also have a platform where they can track their spending transactions and habits, set saving goals and pledge to give a portion of their earnings to charity.

What Parents Do with the App: The parent dashboard acts as the “control center.” Parents can manage accounts for up to four children. They can control what chores to assign their child, what the rate will be for the chore, how much of an allowance the child will receive and how much money the child is allowed to spend from their checking account. Parents can control where the child can spend money, such as online or at a store and whether they can get cash at an ATM. Parents will also receive spending notifications.

Allowance Apps that Do Not Require a Bank Account

RoosterMoney Allowance Manager

Price: $0

Description: RoosterMoney is a digital finance tracking app that can be used by children as young as 4 years old. Instead of cash, you can slowly introduce the concept of earning and budgeting through stars. With older children, parents can switch from stars to money. The app can be linked to Alexa so children can ask Alexa what chores need to be done for the day.

What Children Do with the App: Younger children can trade in the stars they’ve earned for doing chores to get rewards instantly or save them for a reward in the future. While younger kids’ dashboard offers spend, save and goals accounts for stars, older children will see the same dashboard but with a dollar sign. They can use it as a digital ledger of their incoming and outgoing cash.

What Parents Do with the App: Parents can use the app to set themselves up as their children’s digital banker. They can create transactions, set interest rates for savings and set rewards for accomplishments.

Allowance & Chores Bot

Price: $2.99 (one-time fee)

What Children Do with the App: Kids will be able to choose an avatar for their dashboard. They’ll see a list of chores assigned for that day, how much they will receive for doing each chore, whether the chore has been approved as completed and if not, whether they might receive punishment for shirking.  They can mark when they’ve completed a chore. Kids will also see how much allowance they have and the rate at which they are earning it. For example, a child or teen might see that they have earned $175.00 in allowance that year and they’ve earned it at a rate of $1.50 per day. The app also shows children a graph projecting the state of their savings.

What Parents Do with the App: Parents can download the app on multiple devices and manage their account and children’s account regardless of the device they are using. They can assign chores and make them daily, weekly or monthly. They have the option for allowances to be automatically given or based on their approval. Parents can also choose whether they want allowances listed in a currency or as a symbol like a star or token.

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