Disclosure: This post was underwritten by Axiom Bank. All text and opinions are my own.
Financial literacy for teens is near and dear to my heart. My parents were very intentional to teach me how to manage and save money, and I am forever grateful for their being purposeful to instill in me these important life skills. As a result, even when we faced 3 layoffs in five years when my husband was in the pharmaceutical industry several years ago, we were able to stay afloat, primarily because of the smart financial decisions we had made prior to the layoffs. Now, we are passing these important financial lessons to our teen and tween. As we give them opportunities to earn their own money we are also teaching them how to budget, spend, and save. If you are in the same boat with tweens and teens this list of Five Ways to Raise Financially Literate Teens from Axiom Bank is a fantastic resource.
Five Ways to Raise Financially Literate Teens
When it comes to raising capable adults, teaching kids how to manage their money is critical. And that’s even more true as they get closer to graduating high school and starting college when they’ll need to make more financial decisions.
Here are five ways to raise financially literate teens:
- Set an example. The cliché is true – more is caught than taught. You don’t need to be wealthy to be a financial role model for your kids. It’s more about consistency. Watching you stick to a budget and save for the future gives your kids a model to follow. Explain the pros and cons of splurging or sacrificing on certain purchases so they learn to think critically about their money.
- Talk about money. Finances can feel like a taboo subject, but teens need to have a realistic understanding of how money works in your household. You may want to talk about the household’s major expenses, such as rent or mortgage payments, food, car payments, vacations, and college. Also, introduce them to costs they may not see, like insurance, medical costs, and utilities. You can tailor the level of detail to your preferences and their maturity level.
- Open a bank account. Having the responsibility of a bank account helps prepare teens for managing greater sums of money as they get older. And as they make regular deposits, seeing the amount grow offers an incentive to keep saving. Try a “checkless checking” mobile app built for digital natives, such as AxiomGO, offered by Axiom Bank.
- Start them on a simple budget. Habits formed as a teen can last for years to come, so teach your child the basics of budgeting now, even if he or she doesn’t make much money. AxiomGO features a built-in budgeting tool, My $ Manager, that allows teens to set spending limits and savings goals, as well as visually track their progress.
- Get them saving for college. If your teen has a seasonal or part-time job, it’s a smart move to put some of their earnings in a college savings account. They’ll feel personally invested in their education and more confident about their ability to reach their goals.
Axiom Bank, N.A., a nationally chartered community bank headquartered in Central Florida, provides retail banking services, including checking, savings, money market and CD accounts, as well as commercial banking, treasury management services and commercial loans for both real estate and business purposes.