You’re a saver, spender
Just like Penny, your child’s primary Money Personality is Saver! Savers tend to focus on their goals and don’t let fleeting desires get in their way. You may have noticed that when your child wants something – be it a toy, game, treat, or achievement – they plan to make it happen! This usually means saving up allowance or gift money to buy the toy they really want, training to make the soccer team, or studying hard for good grades. Savers really understand the steps it takes to reach their goals.
Penny is an artist. She loves spending her days painting and sculpting away in her studio. She dreams of opening her own gallery one day and works hard to save up for it, putting all of her money straight into her piggy bank. However, this can cut into her art supplies fund. This means that when Penny needs more paints or clay, she goes without in order to not spend any of her money. There isn’t anything wrong with Penny – that’s just part of who she is! In order to help her get her supplies, Penny’s dad is helping her to find the best sales and discounts whenever she needs something new!
Your child’s secondary Money Personality is Spender! Spenders are carefree with their money. They aren’t concerned about how much money they spend or who they spend it on. They love to take care of people! You may notice your child when there is candy involved. They jump right in, not thinking twice to save some for later. This is their Spender side taking charge!
Sofie is an aspiring dancer. Ever since she was little, she has dreamt of going to The Juilliard School for dance.
Sofie struggles to save for her dream school because she has SO many wants. She sees new dance shoes in a window and has a deep need to go buy them as fast as she can. There isn’t anything wrong with Sofie – that’s just part of who she is! It does make it hard for her to achieve her future goals, but don’t worry!
Sofie’s mom is helping her to make a piggy bank that Sofie can put some of her allowance into each week. Through careful planning and encouragement from her friends, Sofie will eventually be able to achieve her goals.
A Friendship is born…
Penny has a passion for saving and painting! Every time she gets a new piggy bank she paints it to resemble a new, fun creature. Penny’s best friend is Sofie Spender. They love to have sleepovers together, but when it comes to money, they are the exact opposite. Penny loves to save up as much money as she can, while Sofie loves to spend her money as soon as she gets it. Sofie told Penny her dream of one day attending a school for dance! Sadly, until Sofie learns how to save her money, she won’t be able to reach her dream! That’s where Penny’s money personality enters. Penny, being the great friend that she is, decided to head over to Sofie’s house to share her tips on balancing between saving and spending. Penny even brought over matching piggy banks for them to paint together! Sofie has also been teaching Penny that it’s actually okay to spend your money sometimes. Now, when Penny needs new art supplies, instead of buying the cheapest materials, she researches and uses her saving skills to splurge on quality brushes that will last her longer.
Help grow your child’s financial brain
- 1Sit down with your child and talk to them about wants and needs. Explain that needs are the priority and their wants can be saved for!
- 2Give your kids an allowance of some sort! It will help them grasp how to save, spend, and share their money.
- 3Allow them freedom with their money, but do give them some tips. We want to let them have their own money personality and not feel bad about it, but learning aspects of other types will help later on in life.