Helping kids learn about money

Teaching kids how money works and encouraging good savings habits will help set them up well for the future.

Helping children develop good money management skills

Open a bank account for them

Having their own account (whether it’s in their own name or held in trust for them) is a great way to get started with saving and learning how banking works. Choose an account designed specifically for children and students, such as ANZ Jumpstart, which has no monthly account or transaction fees, or ANZ Serious Saver, which has our highest interest rate and no monthly account fees to help kick start their savings.

For more information about account options for kids, please see Accounts for kids.

Create a savings plan

Help your child work out how much they may need to regularly save for something special with our savings calculator.

Giving them a reason to save

Saving for a rainy day, or because it’s a good thing to do, can be a hard idea for younger children to grasp. It’s easier if they have a specific goal to save for like a special toy or game. Help them decide what to save for and create a savings plan to get it (e.g. to save $1 a week).

Encourage them

Everyone learns better with regular encouragement and reinforcement. Sit down with them and check their balance online regularly, so they can see progress towards their goal. If you want to provide more tangible encouragement, you could consider matching some or all of their savings if they stay on track.

Teach them to pay themselves first

Paying yourself first is a fundamental savings habit. If children get pocket money, birthday money etc., make it a rule that they have to save some of it (e.g. 10%) first, rather than spending it all.

Teach them financial basics

Use real-life examples to show them how money works and how to manage it. For example, you could demonstrate how interest works by adding a small percentage of everything they save (for example, you could give them 10 cents for every dollar they save). Help them make choices about how to spend their money – e.g. foregoing a small treat now can help them get something they really want sooner.

Talk to them about money

Often kids don’t learn about money because adults don’t like talking about it. But don’t be afraid to show them how you do your own household budgeting and make financial decisions. It’s a great opportunity for them to learn and ask questions.

Accounts for kids

Accounts to help kids learn about saving and managing their money.

Important information

This material is for information purposes only. We recommend seeking financial advice about your situation and goals before getting a financial product. To talk to one of our team at ANZ, please call 0800 269 296, or for more information about ANZ’s financial advice service or to view our financial advice provider disclosure statement see