Budgeting 101: Budgeting for Kids

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It is very important that we start implementing budgeting for kids at an early age. In my household, we have been overhauling our budget and getting more focused and dedicated to planning and properly utilizing our income. We all know kids don’t really care about budgets. They see things, they want them, they expect their parents to come through to make it happen. This is why I felt the need to focus on budgeting for kids. What if we challenged that paradigm and taught our children the value of budgeting and choosing what to allocate your money towards?

In the posts “How to get your Budget in Check” Part 1 and Part 2 we set the groundwork for gaining control of your finances through purposeful strategies. Here, we want to include the whole family in our budget endeavors. We want to focus on teaching our kids about budgeting. Because after all, the family who budgets together stays together…..(I totally just made that up).

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Set the example

Firsts things first, you have to be the change you want to see. Your kids look up to you for everything in their lives, budgeting should be no different. If you want to teach your kids good money habits, you should have good money habits. In no way am I saying you should be perfect, but you should have good habits and tips to share. More is caught than is taught. If your children see that you are not frivolously spending money, they are likely to follow in your footsteps. Be transparent about your money making decisions so they can see that managing money and a household takes both strategies and thought.

Provide Opportunity

The best way to learn is to do. Give your children ample opportunity to earn money and make budgeting decisions. Notice I said earn money (you should not just give them money, just because). When your child has completed their chores or whatever task you have set forth, they can be compensated for their work. This is how they will earn their money,

Allow them to set money goals and work towards it. For instance, If your son wants to buy a new remote control car, help him set a monetary goal and provide opportunities for him to work towards it. Once the goal is met, take him to reap the benefits of his hard work and set the next goal. Goal setting will provide your kids an area of focus for their budget.

Encourage Giving

An important aspect of teaching kids about budgets is giving. Show your children that they should be givers. They shouldn’t keep all of their money to themselves, instead teach them the power and importance of giving. I really enjoy this part because you get a chance to see where your child’s heart is based on who they choose to help. A word of caution here is to not allow them to help mom or dad. Although this is very sweet, encourage your child to be a blessing to a person or organization outside of your household. Important lesson are learned when we are givers and children learn that we can work to earn and work to help others.

Allow Them To Make Mistakes

This one may be the most difficult! As parents, we naturally want to shield our kids from making mistakes. But, who learned to ride a bike because their parents stopped them from falling off? NO ONE! Let your kids make financial mistakes, let them purchase something that is priced too high, let them give away all of their money and have nothing left for themselves. Then, use it as an opportunity to help them learn and grow to make sound decisions in the future. It is better for kids to learn about money and make mistakes while the risks are low than to become an adult making high risk decions with little knowledge.

Dave Ramsey has a great list of how to teach kids about money at different ages. The learning should never stop and should get more complex as kids age. If we can get in the habit of teaching kids about budgeting and teaching kids about money, we can break cycles from the past. We can raise children who are money conscious and well equipped to financially navigate life.

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How do you teach your kids about budgeting?

Keep doing (the best) you boo!

xoxo Lani

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24 Responses

  1. Shannon says:

    I love this post! My kiddos are only 1 and 2 but I love the reminder to teach them by setting a good example and the ideas to let them earn money and be generous with their money. Definitely keeping this is mind for later.

  2. Victoria says:

    Great tips! Thanks for a great read!

  3. Ayesha says:

    So good! Especially the whole part on setting an example. Kids pick up on everything we do and modeling what they should be doing is critical. I think this is particularly important when it comes to giving, because it is so easy for many to want to spend their money on themselves.

  4. Amanda says:

    Great info and I agree it is important to teach out kids budgeting. One day they will be adults and so setting them up with good habits early helps lead them to a greater success as an adult when dealing with their budget.

  5. Shelby says:

    Great tips! thanks so much for sharing!

  6. Great read! Thanks again!

  7. Kmac says:

    I absolutely love this. In my twenties I’m Learning how to budget and slightly overwhelmed. My parents never taught me but I definitely want to implement this for my daughter when she’s of age.

  8. I love Dave Ramsey! His plan works and it is important for kids to learn the “budgeting 101,” the basics early. Big proponent of leading by example as well. I’m currently using Dave Ramsey’s plan for myself and it is working, so listen to her!

  9. Great post. I will be saving for when my toddlers a tad bit older =)

  10. Kierra Gray says:

    Yes! I opened a bank account for my
    2 year old when she was born because I want to teach her about money now!

  11. Anh says:

    Great post! My son is a little young right now to teach about budgeting, but we definitely want to show to him all about giving back as well.

  12. Amanda says:

    So helpful! I’ve been thinking about introducing theses concepts to my little ones. At least the older two. Thank you!

  13. Great tips! My brother actually used to work for Dave Ramsey, and we did his FPU course when we first got married. Kids will model what they see – completely agree!

  14. Great and important tips thanks for sharing

  15. Amanda says:

    teaching our kids to budget is so important to us! Just today at dinner we were talking to our kids about net, gross, and interest. and with all that, raising them to be generous and wise with their money. i think allowing them to make mistakes might be the hardest part 🙂

  16. April Kitchens says:

    My little lady is learning to count money. Pretty soon, she will be a budgeting pro!

  17. Erin says:

    Love these tips.

  18. Ya says:

    Setting the example is the BIGGEST tip I always give people. How are you going to encourage your children to do something that you’re not? Great tips!

  19. Katja says:

    I will have to use these ideas on my boys when they are old enough

  20. Angela C. says:

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!

  21. Great suggestions! Especially giving them opportunities and allowing the to make mistakes

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