Ways to Teach our Children Good Money Management Skills

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We strive to be wise with our money and practice it in many ways. However, sometimes we fall short in helping our children learn the wisdom of our ways.  Yes, they learn by example, but there are also practical ways to teach them.  Here are just a few examples that you may want to implement into your own lives.
1. Instead of giving them a general set allowance each week,  create a set amount of money for each chore that they complete in the week.  You decide what their minimum chores would be for the week and also what their minimum allowance would be as well. You also decide what their maximum chores would add up to as well.  This teaches children the pride of earning their cash per chore rather than earning a set amount no matter how little or much they do in the week.
2. When they have a birthday or receive money of any kind you can teach them the importance of savings by allowing a certain percentage to always go to their savings account at the bank, no questions asked. If you are trying to teach them the importance of 10% tithing , you could in addition, set aside that amount to drop into the offering plate on Sunday.  Show them the balance of their savings account each time to get them excited to see their money growing.  Give them goals on what they would like to purchase with their savings.
3. Instead of giving material gifts, how about the gift of a savings bond?   Children may not appreciate this in their younger years, but when they are older, they will thank you ten-fold and teach them the valuable lesson of patience with watching money grow.  You could even ask your children if they would like to buy a savings bond from the money they have in their savings account.  The possibilities are endless.
4. When going to an big event such as the Circus, be specific with your children on the amounts you would like to spend and stick to that. This teaches them the value of items as well as teaches them not to spend on demand and foolishly.  Teach them good habits and a healthy awareness.
And who knows your children may be stock-brokers by the time they reach age 3… wishful thinking I know.
Happy Frugal Parenting!
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I haven’t been on a ton of vacations but I did plan my Hawaii trip and Disneyland trip and the number one piece of advice I have is to put the package together yourself instead of at a travel agency! I tried with both of these trips to use a place that plans trips for you and both times I came out a lot less expensive in the end…..actually MUCH cheaper!

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For the Hawaii trip, I used Cheaptickets.com.

*I search for Flight, hotel, and rental car packages all in one. Between the different companies (Expedia, Bookit, Orbitz, etc) Cheaptickets was by far the best in price at the time BUT I do recommend checking all of them because sometimes others are cheaper!

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*When you are in Hawaii (or wherever you may be going) make sure and get a small fridge in the room. Then, stop by the grocery store there and pick up cold cuts, bread, drinks, snacks, etc! MUCH cheaper than eating out every time you get hungry. Hey, you can even bring your coupons and use them!! 😉 That would be a true “coupon pro”.

For the Disneyland trip….I planned this all myself.

*I actually got my tickets on Ebay. You can also check Craigslist.org and search “Disneyland tickets” under your city or under Anaheim (where Disneyland is). You pick up the tickets from a place nearby.

*As for the Hotel, we stayed at Park Vue Inn (pictured below). I really liked this hotel because although it is not super fancy, it was clean, they have a nice continental breakfast, it is a great price for hotels in that area and guess what….it is literally DIRECTLY ACROSS the street from the entrance to Disneyland! There is also a Denny’s next door (obviously all within walking distance).

*Last little piece of advice is to get the “light swords” (that the kids just LOVE to have at night) right in front the hotel (or in front of the entrance to Disneyland). They are SO much cheaper and you can get 3 times the lights for the price.

So….I hope that helps some and trust me, as a girl who LOVES to save money, I researched the heck out of these trips to get the best deals and those were my experiences.

Now, it’s your turn…what are YOUR tips for saving money planning a vacation?!

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