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Money Mistakes Kids and Teens Make and How to Avoid Them

Teaching kids and teens about money management is crucial for their financial success. One of the best ways to help them learn is by teaching them about common money mistakes to avoid. In this article, we'll discuss some of the most common money mistakes and provide tips on how to help your kids avoid them.

  1. Overspending: One of the biggest money mistakes that kids and teens make is overspending. It could be spending on a concert or buying stuff to impress their friends. Parents can help kids understand the difference between needs and wants, and how to navigate when financial peer pressure comes. Teach your kids the importance of budgeting and help them create a spending plan that aligns with their financial goals. 

  1. Impulse Buying: Impulse buying is another common money mistake that kids and teens make. Teach your child to think before making purchases and ask themselves if they need the item. Tell them a story of a time you bought something you did not need, and later regretted buying it. Then, brainstorm with your teen ways that they can avoid impulse buying. Encourage them to wait a day or two before purchasing to ensure they want or need it. 

  1. Ignoring Savings: Many kids and teens fail to save money, which can lead to financial troubles in the future. Teach your child the importance of saving money, even if it's just a small amount each month. Use an example from your own life when you needed that extra money to take care of an unexpected, but crucial, expense. Encourage them to set financial goals and reward them for reaching those goals.

  1. Falling for Scams: Kids and teens are often targets of scams, such as fake charity requests or phishing emails. Teach your child to be wary of suspicious requests for money and to never share personal information with strangers online.

  1. Not Learning About Personal Finance: Many kids and teens leave high school without a basic understanding of personal finance. Teach your child about credit scores, loans, budgeting, and interest rates. This can help them make informed financial decisions as they get older.

Parents sometimes don’t feel comfortable discussing their finances with their kids and teens. But, talking to your kids and teens about your money experiences, especially money mistakes to avoid, is an essential part of preparing them for their financial future.  So, start today and help your kids avoid common money mistakes and build a strong financial foundation for their future.