Teaching Financial Literacy

Ages 5-7

By this age, your kids should understand that you buy things with money earned, but they’re still figuring out the bigger picture of how money works. The good news is that they’re eager to learn, especially from you. One of the biggest steps in financial education is to introduce an allowance at this age. Take advantage of the opportunities to share, teach, and experience together.

Key Money Basics for Ages 5-7

  • Reinforce that money is earned by working and is used to buy things.
  • Practice counting and exchanging money when you go to the store and at home during play.
  • Try to use real money rather than credit cards when shopping with your kids.