- A good place to start is by talking aloud about the choices you make regarding where to shop and what to buy. Talk about how you choose which place to shop and the steps you go through to find the best value of items.
- Talk about the difference between things you need and things you want, and how to decide when it is the right time to buy something you want.
- Talk about how you earn your income- that it requires doing work and waiting to get paid.
- Play is always a great way for kids to experiment and figure things out- make some play money for your child to use, or for kids a little older play games like Monopoly or Life.
- Even kids as young as preschool can start to have jobs around the house where they contribute and can earn things, whether it be monetary or privileges.
- Point out fun things that can be done without money, and create free adventures for your family.
Sesame Street has a great toolkit for parents that discusses teaching the value of money through spending, saving and sharing. It is called "For Me, For You, For Later" and has video clips and printable resources that can be found at: http://www.sesamestreet.org/parents/topicsandactivities/toolkits/save.
The Sesame Street website has great tool kits for parents on a wide variety of topics that are worth checking out.