I agree with this post, so I wanted to re-post it for others to see. I think it is very important for our youth to learn these things at a very early age and have a great foundation to grow upon.
Critical. Control. Credit. Critical is #1. Control is 1.1. Credit is #1.2. (All close in line is what I am trying to say)
I have talked to my son about all of these since he was a toddler. Little did he know when we were talking about how inappropriate it was for him to be throwing a fit while begging for candy at the grocery store, that we were really talking about his credit report. "You cannot get future great stuff without doing the right thing right now"
Critically think first, practice some control and know that credit is like breathing. Re-read that last sentence. If we all jumped out of bed, said "Goodmorning Day" and adopted that as our new mantra... where would we be?
So many clients come to me with the dream of home ownership only for me to tell them that their credit score it too low to qualify. They have worked their butts off, they have spent years saving the down payment money, they have changed their lifestyle to handle the new dream mortgage payment but skid...... no dream home for you. Their credit score is too low because last December, when they bought a new big screen TV instead of making the credit card payment, they forgot... "You cannot get future great stuff without doing the right thing right now" I have to also remind them that their credit score plummets and is like climbing Mount Everest to get the score back up again. THAT conversation is why I write this blog. Although titled "Kids and Money", sometimes my 44 year old clients need to be reminded of the lessons they should have learned with they were 4.
Critical. Control. Credit. Start with YOUR kids when they are 4.
Having a dream is good, owning one is better!
Leslie Pelletiere, Owner
First Class Financial Services, proudly mortgage lending since 1999!
AZDFI Loan Officer # LO-0911453