Learning Center
Plans & pricing Sign in
Sign Out
Your Federal Quarterly Tax Payments are due April 15th Get Help Now >>

Teach Your Kids About Money With an Allowance


  • pg 1
									Teach Your Kids About
Money With an Allowance
 Teach Your Kids About Money With an Allowance

 Taking the time to learn wise financial strategies and putting them into practice has a
 great impact on your children.

 Research shows that the substantial majority of kids are destined for a financial
 future that is remarkably similar to that of their parents. So what you teach them
 about money is likely to stay with them for the rest of their lives!

 You can take advantage of this tendency to prepare your children for a great
 financial future. Besides managing your own money well so they mimic positive
 financial choices, you can also teach your kids the practices of frugality, budgeting,
 saving over time, and much more with effective use of an allowance.

 Starting an Allowance

 Try to recognize when your child is ready for an allowance. If you begin too soon,
 your child won't comprehend the value of the money he receives. Typically, a good
 starting time is when the child is old enough to understand how the allowance
 system will work.

 Allowance Systems

 There are three types of allowance systems from which to choose:

    1. Gift System. The gift system is simply a weekly payment to the child. The
       money isn’t given based upon any work/chores the child does or fails to do. The
       child gets the money just for being part of your family.

            The advantages of this method are that it is consistent and unchanging.

        There are no decisions that need to be made.

        There are many disadvantages:

             The child is less likely to truly appreciate it.

             He doesn’t gain a sense of achievement.

             The child is also unlikely to develop financial responsibility when the
             money is just given to him and he's done nothing to earn it.

2. Reward System. The reward system is the most widespread system parents
   utilize. Parents establish a list of chores for the kids to perform on a weekly
   basis and then pay an established amount for the successful completion of the

        The advantages of this system are that there are penalties for not doing
        the assigned chores and rewards for doing them. So this system has both
        reward and punishment built into it.

        The disadvantages are somewhat difficult to see when the kids are
        younger, but the reward system sometimes results in a child that only
        wants to do something if it's part of the established list.

3. Income System. The last system, the income system, is similar to real life. When
   there is a task to do that is not typically expected of your child, he gets paid to
   do it. Basically, you want to create an allowance that is paid to your child for
   work beyond the normal responsibilities.

        This allowance will vary, but it seems to have more positive impact than the
        other two systems. So you could have a simple chore list that the child must
        complete without financial compensation, then any other work beyond
        that list would result in receiving the allowance.

                                   If you're serious about providing your children some financial knowledge, an
                                   allowance can be a meaningful part of that education.

                                   If you also have regular discussions about money with your children in conjunction with
                                   an allowance, you're really giving them a great head start. Don't just hope for the best;
                                   give them the best chance possible for a bright financial future.


Powered by TCPDF (
Curtis Rose is an experienced professional with extensive experience in all
aspects of personal finance. Curtis writes and publishes articles, courses,
guides and special reports on his personal finance blog. Sign up for his
monthly personal finance newsletter and receive tons of free information
that you can use to help you reach financial freedom.


To top