How To Help Your Teenage Children Learn Good Money Habits
I do not think teenagers should have credit cards. I do think they need to
One way to help your teenagers is to expand the allowance, continue expanding it from the allowance that you were giving them when they were young. So, when they're teenagers they can have a clothing allowance. Perhaps you give them that once in the fall and once in the spring, so they're making decisions with bigger pockets of money. Then of course, they really should get a job. They really should be earning their own income at some point, and they should have certain responsibilities with that income. So it's not just money they can spend on whatever they want. Perhaps they have to pay for their senior year expenses - the prom, the class ring, that sort of thing. Or perhaps they're saving money for college, which is just around the corner. I also think it's important for teenagers to have a checking account, so that they learn how to spend cash money. I do not think teenagers should have credit cards. I do think they need to learn how to spend cash. So, if they had a checking account with an ATM card, they could be depositing their paychecks, they could be withdrawing cash to pay. Again, before they go off to college, they know what real money looks like, they know what it feels like to spend real money as well.