Archive for September, 2014

How to Raise Money-Wise Kids

Monday, September 29th, 2014

Kids are never too young to learn the skills of saving, budgeting, and other basics for becoming a money-wise individual.

In fact, a recent survey conducted by T. Rowe Price found that 60 percent of kids whose parents frequently talk to them about budgeting feel they are smart about money, as opposed to just 34 percent of kids whose parents do not.

Financial experts agree that the sooner parents start imparting key money concepts, the more effective they will be in raising financially responsible adults. While it may seem like an involved topic, it’s as simple as starting a conversation.

"There is a clear correlation between talking with kids about financial topics and their habits," said Judith Ward, a senior financial planner with T. Rowe Price. "Parents can invest in their kids by talking to them weekly about money matters."

The survey also found that parents are having more financial conversations with boys rather than girls.

"Boys and girls should have the same opportunities to learn about money matters at home so they can grow into financially savvy adults," Ward says. "By talking to kids of either gender about things like saving for college, parents can help kids get involved and excited about their future."

How can parents start the conversation? First, learn to engage in frequent money conversations with your kids. While you can sit down to discuss in a formal manner, casual dialog may be more effective and memorable. From trips to the grocery store to a visit to your neighborhood bank, there are plenty of real-world situations where you can teach your kids about spending, saving, and other money concepts.

Ward offers these tips to help parents initiate conversation:

  • When discussing weekend plans: When your kids plan for weekend fun with friends, ask them how much the activities will cost. Find out if they have budgeted for these expenses and if they are saving for any other upcoming events.
  • When talking about their future: Ask your child what they wish to be when they grow up. This is a great opportunity to talk about what kind of college degree may be required for the profession, how much getting the degree can cost, and the need to save for it in advance.
  • When talking about extracurricular activities: When talking about extra activities like soccer, dance, karate, piano lessons and others, talk with your kids about the cost of each. Help them understand that all of these add up to a lot of money, so they can help you save by only doing the ones they really enjoy.

Use these simple tips to help integrate money conversations into your daily lives — your kids will thank you.

Source: T. Rowe Price

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Poll: Are Finances Keeping You Awake at Night?

Wednesday, September 10th, 2014

Close to four in five respondents (79 percent) to the National Foundation for Credit Counseling’s® (NFCC) July poll admitted that their personal finances keep them awake at night. The second highest number of responses came in a distant second, with 13 percent indicating that they sleep like a baby. The remaining choices were marital concerns, job security, and problems with children, which each had single digit responses.

In addition to the obvious credit problems resulting from overwhelming debt, financial concerns can wreck marriages, tear families apart, and put a person’s job in jeopardy due to being distracted while at work. Debt is like a dark cloud that follows a person 24 hours per day. They wake up with it, take it to work with them, and as the NFCC poll confirmed, they take it back to bed with them.

“There are two pieces of good news that can be gleaned from the poll,” said Gail Cunningham, spokesperson for the NFCC. “First of all, the respondents were able to identify the source of their distress, and secondly, they went to a reliable and trusted resource, www.DebtAdvice.org, for help. Their next step should be to reach out to an NFCC member agency for customized and solution-oriented assistance.”

If someone has personal finance issues, they are not alone. The 2014 NFCC Financial Literacy Survey revealed that 71 percent of consumers, or roughly 179 million people, admitted to having personal finance worries, with not enough savings, job issues, debt, and credit topping the list.

Here are the results of the NFCC’s July online poll:

What keeps you up at night?

A. Financial worries = 79%
B. Marital concerns = 2%
C. Job security = 4%
D. Problems with the children = 2%
E. Nothing, I sleep like a baby = 13%

Note: The NFCC’s July Financial Literacy Opinion Index was conducted via the homepage of the NFCC website (www.DebtAdvice.org) from July 1–31, 2014, and was answered by 2,148 individuals.

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