Disclosure: I received a United States Flag 3D Coin Art for review. All opinions are expressed within and have not been influenced in any way.
As a working parent, I know how hard I work for my money. It has been important for me since the kids were young to teach them to respect and value the dollar. We do this in a way that does not perpetuate greed, yet does not make them afraid to spend money. If I can raise the boys to be fiscally responsible, then I believe I have done my job.
How We Teach the Boys to Value Money
We often talk about how much things cost in our house – helping to put into perspective our house (not too big and not too small), our cars (driven ’til they are out of life), and their toys (plentiful but given on particular, important occasions – i.e., NOT every time we run an errand).
I believe our openness in talking about money has contributed to the boys’ fiscal sense. Three years ago, my oldest decided that he wanted a particular $500 LEGO set so badly that he began saving. Every holiday and birthday he banks any cash or checks he receives, hoping to someday have enough to buy his dream set.
How We Make Saving Exciting
Until recently, his coins sat hidden in a piggy bank. However, for the past week we have been stashing our coins to complete the United States Flag 3D coin art puzzle.
We are about 2/3 of way through our collection period, and have been scouring pockets, begging relatives for loose change, and counting our collected bounty. When we finish, we will have $25 in pennies, nickels, and dimes saved and displayed in a gorgeous table top case.
Another thing I like about the United States Flag 3D coin art puzzle is that the plastic parts of the flag snap together so that I can’t sneak in and borrow coins for the meters or vending machines. Instead, the his collection remains intact – a visual display of his hard work in collecting and saving their coins.
How do you promote money sense in your kids?