Encouraging Good Financial Habits for the Summer Months

June 28, 2024

Summer is finally here, bringing not just sunny beach days and family adventures, but also a golden opportunity to provide your kids with essential financial knowledge. At Bay State Savings Bank, we believe that nurturing financial literacy from a young age lays the groundwork for a secure and empowered future. Let’s explore practical tips to engage your kids in learning about good financial habits this summer.

  1. Utilize technology for long car rides: Summer vacations often include road trips, offering a perfect chance to incorporate educational apps and games focused on money management or budgeting. Explore a variety of fun and interactive financial games available in smartphone app stores. These games can turn a mundane drive into an exciting learning experience for your children.
  1. Create opportunities for your child to earn and save with household chores: Introduce your child to financial education at home by linking chores to a weekly allowance. This hands-on approach teaches kids the value of hard work and earning money. Encourage them to manage their allowance wisely by saving for future goals or setting aside funds for summer treats. It’s a practical method to instill budgeting skills early on.
  1. Get the whole family involved with decision-making: Involve your child in family decision-making processes, whether it’s planning a vacation or making purchases at the store. Discuss choices together and explain the financial consequences of different options. Empowering kids to make informed financial decisions instills a sense of responsibility in managing their wants and needs effectively.
  1. Seek expert advice when needed: Navigating financial discussions with children can sometimes be challenging. Bay State Savings Bank provides various resources for financial literacy, including our downloadable “Benjie’s Buddies” packet. These resources are tailored to help parents equip their children with the essential skills for building strong financial habits.

In conclusion, summer provides an ideal opportunity to blend fun with financial education. By incorporating these tips into your summer plans, you can help your kids build a solid foundation for a financially savvy future. For more information on our financial literacy resources or personalized advice, please visit our financial literacy page or contact Lauren Piehl, Assistant Vice President of Learning & Engagement.