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Why Your Child Needs a Savings Account

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Why Your Child Should Have a Savings Account

Kids these days are growing up with more access to financial products than ever before. From debit cards to mobile apps and specialty accounts, they have so many options when it comes to managing their money. In honor of Youth Month, let’s take a look at why it’s a good idea to open a savings account for your child.

Teach the basics of saving

One of the most important lessons you can teach your child is the value of saving money. A savings account is a great tool to help your child understand this concept. By depositing money into the account on a regular basis and watching it grow, your child will learn the importance of setting money aside for the future.

Teach kids about money management

A primary benefit of opening a savings account for your child is that it helps them learn about money management in a truly hands-on way. When your child has their own account and they control their spending to a degree, they can learn the basics of saving. They’ll also learn the importance of tracking their spending and setting money goals as well as how to manage an account at a financial institution. This includes depositing money, tracking balances, and will later evolve into using a debit card when they get their first checking account and more.

Help kids save for a short-term financial goal

Turn the lesson of smart savings into a lifelong habit by having your child use their account to practice saving up for a short-term goal. First, talk to your child about their financial wish list, and help them choose a realistic goal. Next, help them create a savings plan while using their account, which will help them reach their goal. Your kid can now set aside money they’ve earned from an allowance or part-time job, or  that’s been gifting to them for a birthday or other occasion, until they have enough money saved in their account to fund their purchase.

Prepare for the future

Starting a savings account and learning experience from a young age can prepare your child for unexpected expenses in the future. As they age, their needs and expenses will increase, and the more you help them prepare now, the better off they’ll be in the future. For example, your child may need extra cash to pay for a broken phone, or for a car repair when they’re a bit older. Having money set aside for emergencies will teach them to be prepared for any financial reality.

Teach the concept of interest

A savings account can be a great way to introduce your child to the concept of earning interest. Through the magic of compound interest, the interest money earned on their account will be added to the principal, creating a snowball effect that can lead to higher growth over time. Teaching your child about these concepts can help them develop a lifelong interest in investing and financial planning.

Build responsibility and independence

Above all else, having a savings account can help your child build a sense of financial responsibility and independence. By managing their own money and making decisions about how to save and spend, they’ll learn valuable life skills that will serve them well in adulthood.

In short, opening a savings account for your child is an excellent way to teach them important money habits and prepare them for a financially successful future. At Elevate Credit Union, we are proud to offer our Dollar Dog Kids Club and iSave teen accounts. Stop by our website, a branch, or give us a call to open one today and jumpstart your child’s financial future.

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