How to Develop Smart Spending Habits Among Youth

A quick tip from Lynnette Khalfani-Cox, The Money Coach®

Many financial experts believe that people who learn good spending habits at an early age are more likely to carry that sense of fiscal discipline into adulthood.

So, what can be done to help young people grow into smart spenders?

One key is to teach children as early as possible to focus their spending on their needs and not their wants. Granted, this isn’t always easy. Young people not only see what their friends and neighbors are doing, social media allows them to glimpse into the lives of celebrities and strangers.

These influences can often skew your child’s perception of reality. Explain to them that food, clothing and shelter are the basics needs while extras like cell phones, bikes and toys are wants.

Research published by the World Economic Forum reveals a surprising finding: many children develop their saving and spending habits by the age of five!

Even if your child is well past the kindergarten years, it’s not too late. Start encouraging them to spend first on their needs. This mindset can facilitate saving money and become a way of life.

 

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