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Money management is a crucial life skill – one that, learned early, can set your teen on a path toward financial success. Jesse Dvorak, a trainer at Bell Bank, says you can teach kids to manage their money as soon as they receive their first paycheck. Help your teen learn using these free tools from Bell.
As soon as your teenager has a job and a regular paycheck, help them set up checking and savings accounts. This step will help them budget between money they can spend and money they should save, and they can transfer money between accounts. They will also receive a free debit card with EMV chip security, the most sophisticated fraud protection for debit and credit cards.
When your child opens an account, we will explain how to use a check register and how checks work. It’s imperative they understand the importance of tracking their spending and knowing what’s in their account. Of course, our Bell mobile app also makes it easy to check balances, but learning to use the check register might make them more aware of where their money is going.
Personal online banking is a great tool to help teens manage their money. It’s a free, secure and easy way to look at statements, check account balances and transfer funds between accounts anytime, anywhere with a computer or mobile device. Your teen can also get balance alerts and deposit checks from their smartphone.
Our free Bell Bank app makes personal online banking even easier. Your teen can download the app from the iPhone®, iPad® or Android™ app store, log in using their personal online banking login and password, and they’ve got instant access to online banking.
Our free CardValet app can help your teenager establish or stick to a budget by controlling debit card usage and spending on the go. The app lets your teen set spending limits – both for general use and by merchant types. They’ll also receive alerts whenever their debit card is used, approved or exceeds the transaction controls. And they can turn their debit card on and off to help safeguard against fraud when they’re not using their card, or if they think their card has been lost or stolen.
If your student loses a debit card:
ChangeSaver is an easy way to help your teen learn to save money. With ChangeSaver, their debit card purchases are automatically rounded up to the next dollar, and the difference is transferred into their Bell savings account. They can also make their savings grow faster by adding $1 or $2 to each purchase. And we’ll help build their savings by matching 5 percent of their roundups – up to $250 per year!