It has been a while since I was a teen! But I do remember being responsible with money even then. I worked very hard on the weekends and during the holidays to afford a two week trip to Spain with my friends and I also saved hard to learn how to drive.
My finances went awry a little at university but straight after I got back on track pretty quickly. I think teens get a bad rap personally and in my experience we weren’t so daft when it came to money.
Does it worry you that teens may spend savings unwisely?
Foresters Friendly Society, a mutual financial services provider, carried out a survey about saving for children in November 2014. The results showed a huge number (73%) of parents/grandparents surveyed are either saving or intend to save for their children/grandchildren and sadly 32% are worried about how this money will get spent!
However, take a look at the findings from the survey in the infographic below.
Is there really much need to worry?
Clearly teens are actually pretty savvy when it comes to savings and it is fabulous that they are now being taught about finance as part of the national curriculum. Many of them wish they had been taught more.
I also found it encouraging to hear so many of them learn good money sense from their parents too. So I think, in tandem with saving for our children, we need to continuously teach as well as role model good money management to them. They obviously want to learn!
I think you can after all assume most teens will be money smart but I do think as parents we have a big and active role to play in this.
Have a look at Foresters Friendly Society’s blog. They have all sorts of great information on it. I particularly like the post showcasing apps and websites that make savings into fun games so kids learn about money and finance whilst playing. So useful and so important to start young.
Foresters Friendly Society offers a range of savings options depending on how much you want to save and how long you want to save for. To find out more about them visit www.forestersfriendlysociety.co.uk
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