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Teaching Your Kids To Manage Money
2. The Teen Years-Teen spending makes up a great deal of the economy and, if you are not careful, it can inadvertently cost you a good portion of your salary as well. Work with your teenagers to teach them the importance balance between spending and saving as well as budgeting. Help prepare them to appropriately begin building their own credit.
3. College Bound-Many young adults will begin receiving offers for credit cards (although this will soon change with the new Credit Card Act of 2009) and quickly find themselves with debt they cannot pay. College can be treacherous for students with credit cards. If you haven't built the foundation of educating your children on effective credit management by the time they've entered college, it is not too late. It is critically important to start educating them on the best practices noted above and lead them by example through effectively managing your own credit. The key is to not procrastinate any longer. Various educational resources exist as referenced in this column to help minimize any anxiety you may have regarding your own subject matter expertise.
The road to good credit doesn't have to be a rocky one. Educating your children about money and credit from an early age will help them build a positive future. For more tips on credit, please contact me. I can point you in the right direction. Please also forward this important information to your social network; it just might help someone you know.