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By GreatSchools Staff
"I'm a single dad from Massachusetts and I have one son who just turned 5 years old," Matt Zembruski writes. "Since my son was about 3.5 years old, I have given him an allowance of $3.00 per week.
"To teach him how to understand and manage his money well, I wanted to give him a simple system where he could divide his allowance into three separate piggy banks - one for spending, one for saving, and one for sharing. I found the perfect product from www.learningcents.com. It is a three-way piggy bank built for exactly this purpose.
"So each week my son takes his allowance of three one dollar bills and places $1.00 in each of the piggy banks. Before we go to a store to do some shopping, he will take the available money in his spending piggy bank and put it in his wallet. Then he can buy whatever he wants with that money at the store.
"As the money grows in his saving piggy bank, he takes it out and deposits it in his own bank account at our local bank. To make the process of saving more fun for him, I match the money he puts into his bank savings account dollar for dollar.
"And the money in the share piggy bank is used to donate to worthy causes or in case he wants to buy something for a friend or someone in need. The system works great and my son has become an excellent money manager."
From Texas dad Brian W. Bingham: "For several years now I have had three jars for my son. He is 10 now. One jar is for church, one is long-term savings and one is short-term savings. He keeps his spending money in his room. We have even talked about adding one for taxes.
"This has really 'visually' helped him to realize that if he gets $5, he has to put something in every jar. I started him a savings account his first year of life, and he enjoys adding to that account and watching it grow. He now asks to add to the jars without me having to prompt him, which is what I'm going for.
"This is separate from his college savings account. His long-term savings is now over $4,500, exclusive of his college money. He's very proud of that."
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