Northwest Bank Encourages Parents to Teach Kids about Finance

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posted 4/10/2014 in Education

It’s never too early to begin teaching children the basics of finance. Northwest Bank encourages parents to expose their children to experiences like visiting the bank, budgeting and paying bills. Here are some teachable moments to help you get started:

  • At the bank. When you go to the bank, bring your children with you and show them how transactions work. Get the manager to explain how the bank operates, how money generates interest and how an ATM works.

  • On payday. Discuss how your pay is budgeted to pay for housing, food and clothing, and how a portion is saved for future expenses such as college tuition and retirement.

  • At the grocery store. Explain the benefits of comparison shopping, coupons and store brands.

  • Paying bills. Explain the many ways that bills can be paid: over the phone, by check or online BillPay. Discuss how each method of paying bills deducts money out of your account. Be sure to cover late penalties, emphasizing the importance of paying bills on time.

  • Using credit cards. Explain that credit cards are a loan and need to be repaid. Share how each month a credit card statement comes in the mail with a bill. Go over the features of different types of cards, such as ATM, debit and credit cards.