Teaching Kids About Money

A resource roundup for starting your kids’ financial education

We have the same financial goals for your child as you do: to learn and build on basic money skills, make responsible financial decisions, and use their money wisely and safely. We’ve put together some resources to help you get started.

Money: a necessary good

From sending your kiddo to look for coins in the couch to sending them off to college with a credit card, teaching about money happens whether you want it to or not. It’s just a matter of what they’re learning. In this helpful article, we outline five important reasons for intentionally teaching your kids about money early on, plus some additional tools and even a special offer from UBT to help get you started.

5 reasons to teach your kids about money now

Helping your kiddos make smart money decisions

At UBT, it’s our job to help your whole family be the best you can be, financially — starting with your family’s youngest members. Basic budgeting and other money management skills are invaluable. So, we put together 10 tips to help you help your offspring save, spend, and allocate funds wisely. Read on to learn more!

Allowance as a teaching tool

Many parents offer their kids a weekly stipend for their spending without thinking too much about it. But an allowance can be used as a valuable tool to give your kids a head start on learning about money, including how to budget, how to prioritize needs and wants, and how banks work. Starting early really is key to building strong financial foundations (but trust us, it’s never too late). Click through for tips and suggestions around teaching with intention using the almighty allowance.

Starting early: How to use allowance as financial education

Digitize your allowance plan

We all want our kids to have a good grasp of finances. Just by making purchases, paying bills, and doing our banking, we’re teaching or kids about  money, whether we realize it or not. And using online banking, like UBTgo, can not only help you distribute allowance and help guide your kids’ spending, but it can also be used for some pretty cool financial lessons, as well. Read on to learn easy, helpful ways to simplify your life while enhancing your allowance plan with digital banking features.  

Tools for kids

As any wise parent will tell you, kids are more apt to get on board if you make it fun. Kids of all ages can be more easily engaged in the financial process with a little technology and a bit of a challenge. A fun app like Save! The Game, Savings Spree, or Fam Zoo can help the younger kiddos grasp money concepts. And getting some careful lessons from you on transferring money between family and friends with the Zelle® digital payment service can serve as incentive for all but the tiniest tots. 

Chores are the most common way for kids to make money, but sometimes getting started can be a bit tough. For more inspiration, Insider Reviews published a fun article in September 2020 reviewing products that make household chores fun.

12 products that make household chores fun for kids and easier for parents

Downloadable Chore Chart

We’ve put together some downloadable goodies for you and your kiddos — everything from savings and chore charts to suggestions for age-appropriate chores. Check them out now!

Is it time for your child to have a checking account?

As money management goes, we can’t help but feel a swelling sense of pride when our kiddos begin to grasp basic financial concepts or even the nuts and bolts of allowance. And when they do, we can’t help but wonder if they’re ready for the next step: a checking account. The friendly experts at UBT have put together a handy guide to help decide if a new account is in your child’s future — and even outlined some tools to make the next leg of the financial journey a smoother one for both of you. Read on to learn more.

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