I’ve teamed up with State Farm® to talk about tips on saving for your child’s education. I received compensation for this post, and all opinions are my own.
As I mentioned in my previous post Tips on Saving for Your Child’s Education it’s never too early to start saving. In fact, the earlier you start, the more advantage you’ll have in the future. Lately, my little three-year-old boy has taken a fascination to money. Because I want to get a head start teaching him the importance of saving for his college education, I’ve decided to start teaching him smart financial habits through these fun activities.
Fun Ways to Teach Kids About Saving
Play restaurant: Set up a pretend restaurant and allow your child to pay the bill with play money.
Give them opportunities to earn money: Starting at a young age, present them with opportunities to start earning money: pulling weeds, taking the trash out, washing dishes, etc.
Create a reward system with play money: Use a reward system in your home where your child can earn play money for good behavior, performing chores, practicing their instruments, etc. Provide different rewards (valued at different prices) that they can purchase with their play money. This can help teach them the value of saving up their money for larger rewards.
Involve them when budgeting: Find ways to help them understand the importance of staying within a budget. Have them help you pick out groceries and hand the money to the cashier. Give them a “clothes budget” for the year and allow them to choose which clothes they’d like to buy, but help them understand that the items must stay in budget.
Get them a piggy bank: Give your child a fun and safe place to store their hard earned money. Practice counting the money that they put in their piggy bank.
I feel that it’s extremely important to start talking to my son at an early age about the value of saving money; however, when it comes to saving for college, I’m no expert. That’s why sitting down with a State Farm agent was extremely helpful.
When I sat down with Jory Inama, my State Farm agent, I told him of my desires to start saving for my child’s education. He did a great job describing the various options State Farm offers as well as recommending the best plan for my family. He also posed questions such as “What type of school will my son most likely attend?” to help determine the amount of savings needed. To be honest, I didn’t even realize that it was so important to start saving so early. He explained that saving for college takes a lot of time; the earlier you begin, the more help you’ll be able to offer your child.
Because I appreciate the help that my parents were able to give me during my college years, I want to do the same for my children. That’s why teaching my son smart financial habits, as well as saving for college, is so important to me. Be sure to visit a State Farm agent for more information about State Farm products and services.
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