How To Help Your Teenager Become Financially Responsible

By: Williamblake
Teenagers tend to think that they know everything already, and often consider their parents to be clueless about what really matters to them. Such erroneous beliefs are not true, since parents are well aware of the dangers of poor financial decisions. Parents can and should teach their teenagers quite a bit about money and how to use it well.

Parents have experience on their side. They have dealt with money and the ups and downs that come with it. Parents can lend insight to teenagers about how to make and manage money. From day one, they can set teenagers on the right track to understanding the advantages money and good credit can bring into their lives. Here are some tips.

1. Open a savings account. As soon as a teenager begins making income from any sort of job, take them to a bank to start putting their money into a savings account. Encouraging teenagers to leave any money they make in the bank for a month before using it will help them save up moderately large amounts of money that would otherwise be squandered away in no time at all and on nothing of any importance. Though it won't be easy to get teenagers to stick to such a plan, it will be a great financial lesson for them.

2. Get a certificate of deposit. After a teenager has successfully saved about $500, have them invest this money in a CD. Interest rates will be higher on CD's the longer they are kept. Testing this out on a one year CD is a good idea so that, when the CD is opened, your teenager can think about what they should do with the money that has accumulated.

3. Sleep on it. When your teenager sees something that they really want to purchase, ask them to sleep on it for a night or two. Parents know all too well about buyer's remorse after an emotional purchase. Implementing the "sleep on it" rule of thumb in your household can save your teenager from feeling that same remorse. They want a scooter today, but by taking the time to think about the purchase, they may choose to save to buy a motorbike instead.

4. Plan your finances. Making a budget can be just as helpful to teenagers as it is for their parents. Explain the difference between wants and needs and then let them consider their situation. Over a period of time, allow teenagers to write out just what they consider to be their personal wants and needs.

5. Determine how much money and time it will take for teenagers to afford their wants. They can also decide what amount of money they want to save on a monthly basis in an effort to buy something they want. This way they will have some extra spending money for going out with friends or on dates.

Teenagers can learn to use money wisely, but starting to teach them as early as possible will make it easier later on. Financially responsible teenagers will turn into equally responsible adults, capable of caring for their financial needs efficiently.
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