Smart Money Moves That Parents Can Make…Right Now

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Parents have had to be the MVPs during this past year juggling both work, kids, and not strangling each other. Congrats for making it this far!

And now that things are slowly heading back into the new normal, it’s time to re-evaluate family finances if you don’t do so on a regular basis. It’s easy to forget when the day-to-day flies by and all you want do is sleep.

So here are some smart money moves to kickstart your money gears if you haven’t oiled them lately!

Set Up a Free Debit Card for Your Teen to Build Smart Money Habits

Since schools aren’t universally teaching kids about personal finance, it’s up to you to look for other ways.

Copper Banking is a free banking app built specifically for teens, and it gives you and your teen(s) freedom and convenience. You’d be able to track their spending in real-time as well as send money instantly whenever they need it. No more having to pull out cash or letting them borrow your card.

Teens will get a debit card in their own name and will be able to withdraw money for free at over 55,000 ATMs, plus use it for spending anywhere in-store, online, and with Apple or Google Pay! There are no credit checks, overdraft fees, hidden fees, and money is FDIC-insured up to $250,000.

Your teen will also learn about saving, budgeting, goal setting and just making smarter money decisions on their own with the help of Copper’s Financial Literacy experts. They’ll even earn $3 for every friend they refer. It only takes minutes to set up an account so help your teen build better money habits now!

How to Put More Cash in Your Pocket - An Extra $5,500 Per Year

When you need extra money, side gigs and WFH opportunities are your best options. Use the free Steady app (co-founded by Shaquille O’Neal) to find flexible jobs and Income Boosters to do it! It’s easy, and their 6 million members are already earning money.

Here’s how to start:

  1. Download Steady and create a free account
  2. Browse gig opportunities
  3. For faster cash, try your first Income Booster; over $15M have been paid out so far, and they’re easy to do

“Steady gave me the opportunity to be at home, pick up my sons, and still make money,”- James Coleman.

On average, Steady members can increase their income by an extra $5,500! So set those financial goals and earn extra money on your own time.

Unlock Free Rewards Just By Scanning Your Purchases

The exclusive National Consumer Panel (NCP) program is opening up again for more people to join! When you become a panelist, just use the app to scan the barcodes of items you purchase, and you’ll earn points for:

  • Gift Cards
  • Tablets
  • Electronic Equipment
  • Flat Screen TVs
  • and much more from their rewards catalog!

All panelists are automatically entered into weekly, monthly, quarterly, and annual drawings to win extra points and gift cards – even quarterly sweepstakes to win $5,000!

The more you share your shopping habits (scan barcodes), the more free rewards you can get on the stuff you already bought!

Easily Invest in Your Child’s Financial Future (With Help from Family/Friends)

It takes a village to raise a child, and you can make it even easier for your family and friends to contribute alongside you with EarlyBird.

EarlyBird provides a meaningful way for parents and anyone to collectively invest in a child’s financial future. It’s an investment account for your child combined with social gifting, and when the child turns 18, it’s all theirs to pay for college, start a business, take a vacation, anything! (At 18, it transitions into an adult brokerage account)

Cash slipped into holiday cards or birthday checks can now be turned into gifts of investments, making it more valuable when contributors can see their EarlyBird gift for your child grow over the number of years! Even better is with each contribution, a short personal video can be recorded and your child will be able to watch, keep the memories, and be financially empowered.

So give the gift of financial freedom for your child (with the help of loved ones). The earlier, the better! For parents, EarlyBird is FREE for the first $200 invested, and then just $1/mo per child subscription fee after that to maintain the portfolio.