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How to Teach Your Kids About Money

April is National Credit Union Youth Month, which is the perfect time to talk about money with the young people in our lives. But where and when to start?

How Sprout Savings can Help Your Children Learn about Money

Talking to your children about money can be challenging, but Northwest Community is committed to giving you the tools and support you need to help your children build good financial habits. To celebrate National Credit Union Youth Month, we’re giving away five $100 prizes to kids who enroll in the Sprout Savings™ program during April!

When your child opens a Youth Share Savings account, you can opt them in to the Sprout Savings program at the same time. The Sprout Savings program encourages savings habits in kids up to 17 years old: when you enroll, you receive a money plant growing kit! And every time you make an in-branch deposit of $10+, you’ll get a prize.

If you enroll in Sprout Savings during April, you’ll be entered to win a drawing for one of five $100 prizes! See the bottom of this post for Official Rules.

The ability to understand abstract money concepts develops as a child grows. Look for these milestones:

Ages 3 – 5: Introduce Basic Money Concepts

One of the important questions parents should ask during this life stage is, “Has the child developed basic values and attitudes around keeping (saving) and using (consuming) resources?”

When it comes to money, this translates to understanding the difference between saving and spending. A good way to start is with coins. Given a limited number of coins, talk to them about using them all at once versus setting some aside for something they may want later. Toy cash registers and piggy banks are a great gift for this age range!

Ages 6 – 12: Set Savings Goals

When kids enter this age range, it’s important that they start to grasp the concept of planning. This is when savings goals become important. For one thing, a conversation about goals encourages them to think about what they want to buy now, as well as in the near and distant future. Buying more expensive things down the road means they can’t spend all their money right now, which is a cornerstone of understanding personal finance.

Another way to help your child understand about money and planning is to create a set of money jars! This is a great twist on the piggy bank—you can buy them or make your own with your kids . Label them “Spend,” “Save,” and “Give.” These jars are a fun, crafty way to teach kids about the importance of saving and planning.

Ages 13 – 21: Boost Financial Confidence

For teens and young adults, building confidence is critical, both personally and financially. As a parent, you can empower your children by ensuring they follow through with their financial plans. Whether it’s sticking to a budget, achieving their savings goals, or keeping a part-time job, set them up for success through encouragement and guidance.

Additionally, the CFPB says children in this age range should be able to identify trusted sources of financial information. In this age of financial scams, having the knowledge and confidence to say “No” to a dubious offer is a highly valuable skill.

For more ideas and resources on teaching your kids about money, visit our partner BALANCE.* Note: BALANCE is not owned or operated by NWCU. BALANCE is a nonprofit certified by HUD to provide comprehensive housing counseling service and is accredited by the Council on Accreditation of Services for Families and Children, Inc.

Official Rules

Anyone who opens a Sprout Savings youth account between April 1, 2021 and April 30, 2021 will be automatically entered into a drawing for 1 of 5 $100 prizes. Five winners will be randomly selected by May 15, 2021 and notified via phone call or email.

To enter without opening a Sprout Savings account: Send your name, address, and telephone number to: Sprout Savings 2021 Promotion, Northwest Community Credit Union, PO Box 10607, Eugene, OR 97440. Entries must be received by May 1, 2021 to be qualified for the drawing. If a winner does not have a savings account with Northwest Community Credit Union, a check will be provided upon receipt of a completed W-9 Form from the winner. Odds of winning based on the number of entries received. No purchase necessary to enter. One entry per person. Employees' family members eligible for drawing. The drawing is held by Northwest Community Credit Union, PO Box 10607, Eugene, OR 97440. Winner is responsible for all taxes associated with the prizes.