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Five Easy Tips on Teaching Kids about Money, Budgeting and Saving


VICTORIA, Australia February 2015 – Talking about money, budgeting and saving is an uncomfortable topic that does not sit well with most people, especially as discussion topics for kids. What seems to be happening more often as a result is when children enter adulthood, they are ill-prepared for budgeting, planning for the future and saving. Consequently, they have poor money habits and a general lack of financial knowledge.

Passionate about teaching kids about money and how it works, The Hendrie Group director, Caren Hendrie, thinks it’s important to create a comfortable conversational environment for kids, where the awkwardness around money is eliminated. “Schools don’t teach responsible money habits to children, and we’re not going to change the school curriculum tomorrow, so it’s up to parents and families to change the money attitude. There needs to be a shift in the discussion topics for kids at the dinner table, to cover themes about money, financial strategies and good spending habits.”

The Hendrie Group, a family-owned financial services company, has been delivering advice to parents for over 35 years, and understands the monetary pressures families face with children moving into adulthood. In order to ease those stresses, The Hendrie Group shares five tips on how to teach financial responsibility to young ones.

  1. Let kids make their own money decisions and get them to consider consequences when they make mistakes. When they’re a little older or they start earning money, teach them to invest their savings.
  2. Play counting games to show them to calculate change. This skill will build their confidence with using money, and save them from being ripped off.
  3. Children should know that earning money is a lot harder than saving it, and spending money is a lot easier than earning it. Caren says, “Start teaching them this as early as possible by making them plan and save if they want to purchase something. Control their quest for instant gratification and retail therapy.”
  4. If the budget is tight, give a brief explanation of the household expenses to a child if they would like something that’s not currently affordable, and let them accept ‘no’ for an answer. “Explain to them why it’s important to stick to the family budget. You might like to say that by sticking to the family budget in that moment, you will be able to enjoy a treat down the track,” Caren says.
  5. Teach them the value of money and how to weigh up their choices. If a child wants something that is outrageously expensive, offer an alternative that is cheaper, or give them the option to make up the difference. Caren says, “Not only is this a good way to teach them the value of money, but if it’s something like a pair of shoes, they may also think a little differently when they outgrow them in six months.”

The Hendrie Group believes teaching children good money habits in the early years ensures that adults make good investment decisions in later life. “Teaching kids about money is one of the top 10 conversations to have with your son or daughter,” says Caren. “It not only gives them great life skills, but also develops a healthy attitude towards money, spending and investing.”

The Hendrie Group have been taking the stress out of accounting, tax and finances for individuals, families and businesses for more than 35 years. They understand what it’s like for people to get stuck focusing on the day-to-day, here-and-now, making it difficult to make important decisions about future financial security. The financial services company works with people to explore all the options to determine the strategy that best suits their needs and lifestyle.

The Hendrie Group enjoys teaching kids about money by giving advice to parents and families. To learn more, visit

Disclaimer: Material contained in this article is a summary only and is based on information believed to be reliable at the date of publication. Suggestions made in this article are not recommendations or offers to act as they are of a general nature only and may not be appropriate to your specific circumstances. They should not be acted upon without first consulting Hendrie Financial Strategies Pty Ltd, as representatives of Madison Financial Group Pty Ltd AFSL No 246679.


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