Category Archives: Finance

Kids running summer businesses

“I’m bored!” is the catch-cry of nearly every school-age child over the long summer holiday stretch. Sure, you can recommend chores, movie marathons and playing outside, but nothing engages kids quite so much as the chance to make a buck. Summer holidays are the perfect …

Tips for Christmas savings

Your Christmas event may not look very traditional, but traditions are simply things that become more significant and meaningful the more times you do them. Feasting is surely the best tradition in any culture. It’s also one of the most expensive, especially at Christmas when …

Teach your kids to save money

Growing up, my mother and father had a beer bottle that they would put their loose change into. My parents, my brother and I would lay newspaper on the dining room table once it was full. My brother and I would take turns to empty …

Getting wise with financial literacy for kids

Some kids say their families are just not good with money, or unlucky, but ASB Get Wise programme manager Linda Hodgson says it’s all about making the right decisions. Whilst reading, writing and arithmetic have always been key focuses in education, financial literacy has not. …

15 fun ways your family can save water

New Zealand has lots of water right? Well, yes, and no. Canterbury alone has experienced some of its lowest rainfall in 43 years this summer, and many regions of the South Island are declared in drought. Because of New Zealand’s “clean green” reputation, it can …

Encouraging a young entrepreneur

New Zealand is ranked as the easiest place in the world to start a business, according to a 2012 World Bank survey. So how do you get your kids on board? While there is a push to teach more financial literacy in New Zealand schools …

Family budget – what your kids should know

There’s a meme doing the social media rounds that says, “My greatest childhood memory is not paying bills.” Most adults can relate to that. But on the other hand, experts say ignorance isn’t necessarily bliss when it comes to the family budget. In fact, protecting …