Savings Tip: Comics from KidsUSA.gov

Did you know that the federal government has an official web portal for kids?

Designed for students through Grade 5, tweens and young teens in Grades 6 to 8, parents and teachers, the site has enough kid-friendly information, facts and figures, quizzes, games and videos to keep youngsters occupied for a good stretch of time. Continue reading

Savings Tip: Make your own Halloween costume (without going overboard!)

Are you tired of paying “an arm and a leg” for kids’ Halloween costumes that get worn once or twice around the big night, and then are either outgrown or out-of-favor for a repeat performance the following year?

Do you have any of the following around the house: a recycling bin, duct tape, trash bags, empty toilet paper tubes, paper grocery bags, hot glue gun, magic markers, Velcro or cardboard? Continue reading

Kids: First job? Tips for saving money

For many teenagers, the hardest thing about earning money is learning to manage it wisely. Until they had their own money, Mom and Dad were their own private bank. Money appeared like magic whenever they asked, as long as the request was reasonable.

Now that they have their own payday, they tend to want to hold on to their earnings. To save, you ask? Not necessarily! Chances are they’d rather squirrel it away for that next trip to the mall with their friends. And then there might just be nothing left until the next payday. Continue reading

Money and Kids: 5 Tips for Success

We are pleased to welcome guest blogger, Laura Edgar, senior writer for NerdWallet.com, a personal finance website dedicated to promoting financial literacy.

Money management is a popular topic for grownups, but it’s just as important for kids. Sure, your child may not have to worry about paying the mortgage, but she does need to practice budgeting, spending and saving. Kids who learn good money management habits are way more likely to make smart financial choices when they grow up; study after study confirms it.

Teaching your children good money skills isn’t as difficult as it sounds. You already know a lot about it! Here are 5 expert tips to get you started. Continue reading

Kids: Keeping math skills sharp over the summer

From swimming and sports camps to archery and boating, your kids are loving summer, but are they losing those hard-earned math skills already? Children can lose two months or more of learning over summer vacation. Here are some easy and fun ways to retain (and improve) their math skills:

Math on the Road
If you’re like most parents, you spend a lot of your summer vacation behind the wheel, driving youngsters here, there and everywhere in order to give them the best summer possible. Why not use that “drive time” to exercise your youngsters’ math skills. Make it fun! Try these five drive-along activities, especially if your kids are digitally connected in the back seat, with access to on-screen calculators if not old-fashioned pencils and paper. Continue reading

Free summer reading resources for kids

Keep your kids reading during summer vacation, and you’ll be helping them glide smoothly into the Back to School routine in the fall. You might even instill in them a lifelong love of reading!

Let’s start with these 5 quick summer reading tips from PBS Parents:
• Bring learning tools with you on the road.
• Integrate literacy building adventures into your daily routine.
• Find educational activities you and your child can do together indoors and outdoors.
• Look for books and programs that feature your child’s favorite characters.
• Explore your local library. Continue reading

Financial education shouldn’t end when the school year does.

Your children may be on vacation, but their financial education shouldn’t be! Summertime can be a great time to keep the wheels of learning turning. Here are a few ideas:

• Join the Green Team™! Saving money is made fun in our Kids’ Club Green Team. Members learn to save with a special passbook to record their savings. There are membership cards and free gifts too!

• Encourage them to earn extra money for things they want to do or buy. Add to their allowance with extra chores like washing the car, working in the yard, or helping vacationing neighbors by collecting their mail and newspapers while they are away. Continue reading