Don't Teach Your Kids to Budget

Budget.  That’s right . . . budget.    Things have changed. 

Have you used that word 6-letter word “budget” lately?  Go ahead and be honest with yourself.  You probably have.  But let me make a case on why you need to stop.   Times have changed.   Consider the following:

"Budgets" are Constricting

“Mom, I need $20.”   (funny how it used to be they only asked for $10!) 

“Honey, I just gave you $20 like…yesterday.  Can’t you budget your money?”

And there it is.  That word, that horrible sinking feeling word. The implied connotation to our kids and our “almost growns” is . . .  you can’t buy the things you want, you will never have enough money, and you are a one emoji away from busted.  Life is one trick multiple question with “none of the above” always included. 

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Is it time to introduce money management to your teen? Here's how

SUMMARY:

How do you introduce money management tracking with them?

  • Start before they hit high school if possible.  If you haven't started it yet, start now.

Why will they benefit while in high school?

  • They will experience guilt-free spending.  Priceless.
  • They will be able to say "no" to something because they are saving for something bigger.

How should they actually start?

  • With so much coming at them, starting simply is crucial.
  • Start with pen and paper.
  • Avoid the fancy money software. . . at least until later.
  • Paper helps them more clearly see the movement of their money from category to category.

What are 6 things to remember as you pick money management software for your young adult:

Again, we strongly suggest starting with pen and paper before moving to this level.  Many will be happy with just a simple, direct pen and paper system.  But if you have a teen or young adult that is ready to level-up to something more, you will find these 6 items...

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