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5 Reasons to Open a Savings Account for Your Child

kids savings account, like Seacoast Bank's Minor Savings account, is a great way to teach your children about money and saving right from the start, but in order for you both to save efficiently and teach great life lessons, it may be a good idea for them to have their own account. Here are five reasons your child/children should have a separate savings account of their own:

1. Gives Them Freedom

When your children have their own savings account, they feel like it's their responsibility. This helps them feel freedom from the uncertainty of sharing an account with you. When children are learning to save, they want to know they have the freedom to do what they want with their account without you hovering over them.

2. Protects Their Savings

You want your children to succeed and when they have an account, it can feel like their money is your money. Even when times get tough, you need to leave their account alone. You may even want to ask your local banker if you're able to set up the account so that their signature or presence is needed to withdrawal money. This will help you respect them more and keep you from "borrowing" their savings. 

3. Teaches Them How to Process Bank Transactions

When they have their own accounts, they are responsible for deposits and withdrawals. When they money to deposit, whether it's from change, allowance or a job, you can take them and teach them how to fill out the appropriate slip and give it to the bank teller. This will also teach them better counting and adding skills while they itemize their deposit. 

4. The 10% Rule

The basic rule for saving is to save 10% of your gross income. For adults, this means 10% of your gross on each paycheck. For kids, this can mean 10% of their allowance or other means of "income". This teaches them that saving has to come before bills otherwise it can be difficult to continue to save when they really want something. When they have their own account, they can easily see their 10% grow than if it's combined with your savings.

5. Teaches Them about Interest

They will be able to see how interest affects their account and calculate how more money in the account brings them higher interest payments each month.

A separate savings account for your kids is essential to help them learn the real process and benefits of saving. When your accounts are combine, it's all blurred together and you can easily end up withdrawing or spending their money, even if unintentionally. You can teach your kids the importance of saving and how to process bank transactions, which makes them a saver from the start and therefore more likely to continue saving throughout their life.

If you'd like to start an account for your child or children today, call 800-706-9991 to speak with a Seacoast customer service team member about setting up a Minor Savings Account. These accounts are the perfect start to understanding banking, offering the following features:

  • No minimum balance for those 18 and under
  • Free automatic transfers from your checking 
  • Earns interest 

Please note, six withdrawals are permitted per quarter. Any in excess incur a $3 fee per transaction. 



Read the original article on wahm.com. Copyright 2015.