STUDIO CITY ( — Its never too early to teach kids about saving smart!

Candice Cerro, a consumer savings expert from, visited the KCAL9 studios Thursday to share different ways to teach children savvy saving techniques.

Introduce money concepts:

Retailers like ToysRus carry toys that are fun for children to play with but also teach good money habits. The Count and Learn ATM machine teaches those between 2 and 4 the basics of banking, ATMs, coin values and more. Once they’ve outgrown that, the Desktop ATM Junior will teach them how to track account balances by allowing them to deposit real currently and coins. has the latest discounts and coupons from ToysRus.

Start a savings account:

Start a savings account with your grade school-aged child. It’s important to teach the value of saving money as early as possible. Take your child to the bank and open a savings account at an early age. Then teach them to set aside a portion of their allowance each month or any gift money for the savings account. While they may only make deposits of $5 or $10 at a time, this will teach them that a little bit can add up over time.

Promotional codes and coupons:

Teach tech-friendly children to use online promotional codes and coupons. Kids are frequently surfing the internet and using mobile devices so teach them to use websites like or the mobile app version to find coupons and discounts for key items they want to purchase. They will have fun searching for deals and it will teach them the value of looking for a bargain when purchasing an item.

Help your teen establish credit:

As adults, we know how important a credit score can be. The number dictates one’s ability to purchase a home, finance a car and more. When you deem your teenager old enough, perhaps upon high school graduation, take them to open a student credit card through your bank. This will have a low limit like $250, but will teach them how credit works and help them began to establish a credit score. It’s important to tell your child the basics of a good credit score like always paying bills on time, not opening too many accounts and keeping revolving balances low.

Let them make their own decisions:

Let them make their own decisions, even if it means making mistakes. It can be hard to sit back and let your child determine what to spend their money on if you don’t approve of the spending patterns, but it’s important for them to find their own financial footing. While your child might make a mistake from time to time, this allows an opportunity for you to teach them where they went wrong. When they experience it first hand, the key takeaway will resonate more.


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