KSAT Money: Want to teach your kids to save? Here are some tips to help you get started.

Starting early could help with adopting better money habits

SAN ANTONIO – “Some things are just worth waiting for” — it’s a phrase your parents may have said to your during your youth to teach you the value of saving for something you want.

Starting a conversation with your children early about saving may make it easier for them to adopt healthier money habits as they grow.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau is offering tips to help you get started with a savings plan for your kids.

First, point out some things your child may have to wait for, like waiting for their favorite holiday or standing in line for their turn at the playground.

Next, find a jar or can and label it for saving. You can suggest that your child put some money in the jar so that he or she can buy a toy or pay for an experience when they have saved enough.

If your children are a little older, you can start talking to them about putting their money into a savings account.

You can remind your kids about the important reasons to save, like the freedom to make choices and feeling financially secure.

A good way to reinforce their savings habit is to visit the bank a few times a year with your child to deposit their money and look at how much the balance grows after each visit.

You can also encourage your children to draw, make a chart or tell a story about what they’re saving for and how their money is growing.

For more tips from the CFPB, click here.

About the Author:

Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio since 2016. His work for KSAT 12 and KSAT.com includes covering breaking news of the day, as well as producing Q&As and content for the "South Texas Pride" and "KSAT Money" series.