I am sure that many moms (and dads) will agree that the value of money should be taught to our kids even at their young ages. But since the idea of budgeting is just so complex, teaching a kid how to do it can sometimes be complicated as well. To beat this dilemma, let me share with you my merry moms a few simple ways (that really worked with us) in teaching our 6-year old daughter, Nicki, the value of money and the concept of budgeting.
And here goes our list:
1. Let your kids come with you when you do shopping at the mall, grocery store or even at the market. This seems to be the easiest. We always bring Nicki with us every time we do shopping or buying our groceries. Doing this gives her the idea of spending by simply watching us choose items and pay for it.
2. Allow kids to choose. At the grocery store, we usually ask Nicki to choose her own food. I mean, we let her pick items that she wishes to have for her snacks or baon for school. We just remind her to get only those items that she will surely eat because we do not want to waste food. We remind her that when she wastes food, she also wastes the money that was used in buying the food.
3. If kids can already read, let them read the tags. When choosing food, we let Nicki read the price tags and then ask her whether she thinks it’s mahal (pricey) or mura (affordable/cheap). I believe that this activity lets the kids understand the value of money in a fun way. We sometimes use the price scanner to make this step more enjoyable.
Merry Tip: This works best in a toy store when your child asks you to buy toys that they saw on TV. It gives their young minds a better understanding of how precious (and expensive!) their toys are that’s why they really need to take good care of the toys they have.
4. Teach kids to make a “To Buy” list. Since Nicki already knows how to write, we let her join us in preparing “To Buy” list or grocery list. We even ask her what she thinks are already missing in our household like her favorite peanut butter spread, her breakfast cereals, her milk and so on.
Merry Tip: This also teaches our kids to be organized and mindful in their own little ways.
4. Let your kids have a full experience of the budgeting process. This sounds hard but it’s not. Really! How we did it? At the grocery store, we give Nicki an allowance that she needs to budget herself. We let her compute her will-be-expenses against her money and just remind her to make sure that her money is enough to pay for the items she put in her basket/cart.
Merry Tip: This step does not only teaches our kids the value of money. It also enhances our kids’ arithmetic skills in a fun way. Plus, this activity helps to develop our child’s confidence even at their young ages.
Teaching our kids the value of money does not need to be burden at all. The steps mentioned above were already tried and tested and I tell you, it worked! I hope these steps will also be useful with you in any way.
Do you have other ideas on how to teach our kids the value of money? Share it with us, please… Feel free to comment below.