There’s nothing like a smile on a child’s face when they’ve reached a goal. The Softball Chef, Equestrian Girl Forever and Fashion Diva Girl all had the biggest smile the day we said, “yes, Carlos will be joining us in Hawaii.” No, I wasn’t going to actually leave him, but we told the girls they had to help pay the fees to ship him here. The agreement was half.
When families PCS (military move) there are costs associated with moving pets that must come out of our own pockets. There is also a process that happens depending on the country (in this case, we remained within the US, but Hawaii has different regulations based on their agriculture guidelines).
Determining The Costs
The first thing I had the kids determine was the cost. That’s right, you can’t budget if you don’t know how much things will cost. So, they did a quick search online about bringing pets to Hawaii. They learned what tests, vaccines, etc. were needed. They also learned the timeframe they needed to have these things completed by.
We contacted our Military Vet to make an appointment. The initial call was to ask the costs of required tests and vaccinations. I also told them to ask about the price of the office visit and any other administrative fees. It’s best to get all expenses in advance to have a good solid savings plan. After calculating this, we took a quick look at airfare for Carlos. Airfare varies from airline to airline, as well as on if you are flying on orders with your dog onboard. This is where it got a little tricky for us. There was an issue with our booked flight, but that’s for another post.
The Savings Plan
So, we now have an estimated cost. We were looking at about $800. I told the kids $1000 just in case. It’s never a bad idea to plan a little extra. The three came together and realized they had a little over 8 months to save $500; their half. The first installment was due in about 4 months because we needed to start the FAVN.
Each child receives an allowance, plus money for grades and funds for birthdays, holidays and whenever grandparents want to send them something. Since they are paid $5 per year of their age, they set a percentage amount that each child had to contribute every month. They also did odd jobs around the house and pulled money from their short term savings for spending purposes. I must say, I was one PROUD mama!
Our Teaching Of Savings
The concept of savings is something we’ve taught our kids early on, but we hadn’t focused on the specifics with our youngest at this point. Our biggest financial lesson to our children is to ALWAYS tithe 10%. No, we are not the family that believes you should only give your money to a church. We teach our children to give where their heart leads them. I’ve witnessed my kids give money to the homeless, animal associations, even buying friends gifts to brighten up their week. To me, this is what tithing and being a cheerful giver is all about.
After watching how much our youngest enjoyed saving and planning out ways to help save for shipping Carlos I decided it was time to get a technic in place for her. The process with her was simple…ok, here’s your allowance, put x amount in your wallet, x amount is going to the bank. There was no talk of tithing or short term saving with her. Why? She was always willing to give a dollar here or there. But, it was time to actually “TEACH” her.
Why The Moonjar To Teach My Child About Money
So, the BANK. The Moonjar has 3 separate boxes…a share, a spend and a save box. It’s really cute with different colors that form a cube. As I watched our youngest share her money and her two cents on how they would save the required amount I knew it was a must to implement a plan for her. Unlike her sisters, Fashion Diva Girl likes things organized, tidy and colorful. Her sisters will keep their money in a shoebox, a pickle jar and even a plain white envelope. Not this little one.
After researching bank gadgets and containers, I came across the Moonjar. I liked it because it is a Tillywig Toy Brain Child Award Winner, it’s colorful, and it’s transparent. Knowing that my daughter loves seeing the “increase” of her money, it was a winner.
We received the Family Kit, and I loved the little book telling the story how the Moonjar was made. Kids love books with illustrations, and this book has a simple, colorful story for kids to relate to Noom and Raj on their savings, spending and sharing journey. The family kit also comes with a game. I don’t know about you, but we love playing games in our house. Games are always a great way to educate our youth in different areas by making it fun.
Be sure to come back for more about Fashion Diva’s savings adventure with the Moonjar. I will also go into more detail on when, how and why we started our financial conversations with our kids. I think I need to get 2 more for the other kids. Great lesson for kids!
MomJonz did receive the Family Kit to review for this post. All opinions are mine and not influenced by the company.