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Controlling How Much Children Spend

Jul 12, 2008
Today's modern culture seems to always want instant gratification. The Internet provides any information we want whenever we want it. And microwaves allow us to prepare entire meals in just a few short seconds. As a result of such cultural influence, children want everything; now. You can help your children to be more patient about money by controlling how much they spend.

Children's spending habits can be controlled by means of an allowance. Establishing a modest weekly allowance for children as soon as they grasp the concept of money will help them to understand the how useful money can be as well as how to respect it.

Children can earn money around the home by completing small jobs that aren't a normal part of their chores. If kids want to buy something special, their creative minds will be able to invent some way to save up the money they need.

Once you set an amount for the job, don't flounder. Some parents see how hard their kids are working and they either help them finish the job or pad their agreed upon price. Resist the urge to help them. They will learn the value of a dollar truly earned if you let them do it themselves.

Don't offer to pay for half. It is okay to make up the difference if they forget to account for tax and are short a few dollars. Coming to the rescue and offering to pay half encourages children to spend over their limits. If Mom and Dad are going to pay half for everything, then the kids will see their money as instantly doubled.

When parents don't have the money to purchase something, they have to wait until they have it. The sooner your children learn this fact the better. Managing their money at an early age gives them the skills to handle a pay check when they are old enough to get a job.

With money from birthdays, holidays, and allowances, your children will have a good deal of cash. Every time you leave the house they'll want visit the toy store or the video store. In advance, decide that shopping trips will be limited to once or twice a month. Choose the days and stick to it unless some unforeseen emergency crops up.

In that time, your child will save more money. They already know the rules of shopping, but they will still try to get you to change the deal. Waiting until the appointed time teaches patience. It takes patience to save money and also discipline. They are learning both at the same time.

Children are cute, and they know how to manipulate a situation to get whatever it is they may want. But giving into them will not help them to develop beneficial financial habits. Instead, set reasonable limits on your children's spending and watch them learn how to be responsible about their money.
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