WHY SAVING AT LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION CAN BE ‘CHILD’S PLAY’!

first_imgLetterkenny Credit Union is calling on parents to spend some time this week talking to their children about being sensible with money and why it’s important to save for a rainy day.The call comes as the Irish League of Credit Unions launches its annual National GR8 Savers Week. The initiative aims to highlight the need to provide children with a healthy attitude to money and savings and underlines the important role that parents can play in assisting children to develop a savings habit.GR8 Savers week will run from the Monday 11th – 17th  May in Letterkenny Credit Union.A 2015 Teens & Money survey undertaken by the ILCU showed that 7 in 10 teens receive pocket money from their parents; of these, 74% receive it on a weekly basis with 18% of teens receiving more pocket money than 12 months ago. 75% save approx.A third of their pocket money with 51% saving with their local credit union. 45% say they are saving money to buy a new phone /or computer. With the majority of children receiving pocket money it has never been so important that parents play a role in assisting children to develop a savings habit.There is great potential here to further develop the idea of educating children to be sensible with money. Letterkenny Credit Union together with parents and teachers from the local community can play a big role in this regard.Commenting on the initiative, Eva Mc Closkey, Youth officer of Letterkenny Credit Union told Donegal Daily,  “It has never been more important to provide a solid financial education to our young people.“A healthy attitude to money is crucial to ensure that children don’t develop bad habits when it comes to money management.“If money skills are learned at an early stage, it is likely that they will stay with you for life.“The benefits of teaching children about money early on are both immediate and long term. “In the short term, they may develop strong saving habits, learn how to make smart purchases and learn why they can’t immediately get everything they want.“In the long term, we can help them avoid getting into debt. And by teaching the value of saving for the future, you can put them on the road to financial security.”Eva added, “Letterkenny Credit Union wants to help local parents to give their children a solid financial education from a young age.“I would invite any member of the community to call into our offices to join in the fun and activity. “We are a not for profit organisation offering fair and affordable financial services locally with your best interests at heart.”TOP TIPS FOR PARENTS TO HELP CHILDREN DEVELOP SMART MONEY HABITSConsider rewarding children for regular saving.The amount saved isn’t critical; rather it is the savings habit which it is most important to nurture.Helping children to save small amounts on a regular basis helps to imbed the habit.Encourage children not to buy on impulse but to take time to consider their decisionHelp children to identify savings goals – both short term and long term.In many cases, the concept of saving only becomes real when the child can see the rewards at the end.Develop a savings plan or calendar to highlight when the goal will be achieved.Give pocket money in small denominations to encourage children to put a little aside.Consider linking pocket money to chores. This helps to embed the idea that money must be earned.The more effort required by the child to earn pocket money, the less likely s/he will be to squander it.If pocket money runs out at an early stage, don’t rush to replace it.Providing additional money at the drop of a hat will defeat the purpose of providing a set allowance to the child.Give children a piggy bank or better still, bring them down to the credit union to become a GR8 Saver.WHY SAVING AT LETTERKENNY CREDIT UNION CAN BE ‘CHILD’S PLAY’! was last modified: May 12th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:BusinessFeaturesLetterkenny Credit Unionnewslast_img read more