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Ages 13 to 17: Teaching teens to budgetIt happens so fast you could miss it. But in their teens, kids need to start moving from thinking about money in small amounts (weekly) to larger amounts (monthly). “They should start getting more money for longer periods of time, but now they also need to start taking personal responsibility for some spending categories themselves,” says Certified Financial Planner Trevor Van Nest. So if you were giving them $20 a week, you may want to give them $80 monthly plus a bit extra for new teen expenses like music subscriptions and clothes.

Empowering teens with their money

This is also a time when many teens will get a part-time job. But whether it’s summers at the local fair or a few shifts a week at McDonald’s, you can help them out by talking them through concepts like minimum wage and negotiating hours of work so they maintain a work-school balance. Most teens will also be anxious to know why money is coming off their paycheque for taxes, employment insurance and the Canada Pension Plan…

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