Are your kids on the right track to financial independence? For many of today’s young adults, the weakest link lies in learning the basics. Only 35% of teens know how to balance a checking account or manage credit cards. During the past several years, a decline in overall financial knowledge is especially pronounced among 18-year-olds, and 13% fewer teens have bank accounts.
Achieving economic prosperity is difficult, and it’s especially hard for young people who’ve never learned how to manage money.
Your credit union is ideally positioned to respond because we believe in the power of education. We’re here to help you launch the youth in your life toward financial independence, and here’s how:
Join. For starters, open a Kids Savings Account for each child in your family. As soon as your children can write, have them fill out deposit and withdrawal slips. Guide teenagers through using a debit card and tracking transactions.
Share. Include your children in household money discussions. Show them how you budget income and expenses. As their skills improve, give them challenges—such as finding a better cell phone plan, calculating the total monthly cost of owning a car, or sticking to a budget for back-to-school or holiday spending.
Coach. Remind your children to ask for help when they need it. And turn to your credit union when you want help. Our tradition of service and philosophy of self-help make West Community Credit Union and all credit unions a natural partner in pursuing financial security.
We’re here to help. For more information, contact Member Services today. What resources have you used to teach your kids about money? Tell us in the comments.