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kids and money

When your child starts to understand the concept of money, you can give them a monthly allowance to help them save for a new toy or clothes. This way they can start to understand items in the store are not free, you have to pay for them. If your child wants the latest Thomas the Tank Engine train set, explain to him or her, how much it costs and how much money they would need to save up to buy it.
Our kids are often most receptive to advice when it starts at home. The best time to begin is now. For example, even preschoolers are ready to start thinking about finances. If they know mommy or daddy goes off to work, they can understand why -- the answer is to earn money.
Parenting expert Alyson Schafer shares the best way to deal with kids' allowance.
It's never too early to teach kids about money.
Are your kids dying to go on a special trip? Want a new computer or basketball net? Try 'saving' as a family. Have your kids help you save, and let them help you make smart choices so that you can save towards the common goal.
Those who have seen the documentary Queen of Versailles usually laugh at the outrageous lifestyle of David and Jacky Siegal, a billionaire and his trophy wife. The film begins in 2008, before the market crash. The economic downturn froze the construction of their incredible 90,000 sq ft mansion in Florida. But we can learn from them. What kids and adults need are some lessons in the lost art of budgeting, living within your means and learning not to spend what you don't have.
The average Canadian owes $1.54 for every dollar earned. Being debt-free or eliminating debt is more than merely a financial battle; for many, it's emotional, psychological and habitual. That's why learning smart spending habits is crucial from a young age. Getting your kids involved in financial planning and shopping gives them impactful, hands-on experience in budgeting. Here are some great tips to teach your younger and university-aged children to budget and save.