Junior Savers Week runs from the 25th September – 1st October. We are encouraging children nationwide to start saving with their credit union! This week highlights the importance of saving for the future.
That how we behave around money as adults is learned early on from our parents. Implementing good money habits for children early on helps them understand the importance of financial responsibility. So it is never too early for children to start learning prudent financial behaviour!
Speaking about the Junior Savers Week initiative, Luke Casey, Marketing Manager HSSCU said: “A huge part of our ethos is financial education for the everyone in our community. We want to ensure that our future generations are financially educated and empowered. Teaching children the value of money is a real benefit to them in the future and habits learned from an early age last a lifetime. We want to encourage the development of a regular savings habit during Junior Savers Week and want to encourage all children to join us here at the credit union and open their very first savings account!”
Junior Savers Week is designed to be fun and enjoyable for children, while also highlighting the value of money and the benefits of prudent spending.
Luke continued: “Opening up a credit union account for children is a simple process and membership is open to all family members. For children, saving money in a credit union is a real benefit and also teaches them the value of credit unions which are run by the community, for the community. Our junior savers are the future, and we will always be there for them in the future, for whatever financial assistance they might need, be it college, a new car, a holiday or their wedding day.”
Our Top Tips
We have put together some of their top tips for teaching children how to develop a healthy and responsible attitude to money.
- Consider rewarding children for regular saving. Don’t focus on the amount saved, but the fact that they are developing a savings habit. Supporting and rewarding them to save even very small amounts on a regular basis will help to imbed the habit.
- Help decide on a savings goal. They will find it much easier to save regularly when they are saving towards something they really want.
- Dissuade young people from spending their savings on impulse. Remind them of their savings goal and what they originally wanted to save for. Share with them a story of something that you would have saved for when you were younger.
- Help develop a savings plan, calendar or mood-board to highlight when their goal will be achieved. Having a visual prop or a visual ‘countdown’ can also encourage them to stick to their target.
- Give pocket money or allowances in small denominations and encourage them to put a little aside. Giving them a transparent piggy bank or jar so they can watch their money physically increase, is also a good idea.
- Consider linking pocket money and allowances to chores or responsibilities in the home. This helps to embed the idea that money must be earned. The more effort required to earn their money, the less likely they will be to spend on impulse or all at once.
- If pocket money and allowances run out at an early stage, don’t rush to replace them. Providing additional money at the drop of a hat will defeat the purpose of giving a set allowance.
- Why not get them to open their own account. This will give them a sense of independence and responsibility.