The Next Big Talk

Talking with teens about money is as important as speaking to them about any other life challenge. With that in mind, we've created The Money Talk guide to make it easier for parents to help their teens get familiar with finances and jump into adulthood with a sense of financial independence.

Encouraging Financially Independent Adults

If you feel unprepared to talk to your teen about finances, you aren't alone. However, conversations about finances are important, and chances are your teen actually wants to have the talk – a 2015 survey by Junior Achievement USA showed that most teens (84%) want to learn about money management from their parents.

Guide to the next big talk

A simple conversation using real-life examples from your experience with money can get your teen started on a journey toward financial independence.

To help, BECU created the Money Talk Guide:

  • Part 1: Conversation starters and questions for parents and teens focused on the four pillars of financial health: spending, saving, borrowing and planning framework

  • Part 2: four activities for parents and teens to do together to reinforce the four pillars of financial health 

To get started, click below or download a printable version – be open, be honest and have fun!

If Spanish is your first language, we have a translated version available here.

The Four Pillars of Financial Health

Spend
Spend

Managing cash flow and spending less than your income to save for future expenses and help deal with unexpected events.

Savings
Save

Building up sufficient savings to cope with the unexpected, like a car repair or a sudden drop in income. A strong savings account also means you can take advantage of financial opportunities like investing or education.

borrow
Borrow

Managing your debt responsibly to avoid getting overwhelmed by late fees or payments, which impact your credit score and can lead to further financial problems.

Plan
Plan

Planning ahead by setting goals, preparing for expenses and obtaining insurance are important fundamentals of positive financial health, now and in the future.

BECU, Teens and Day of Service

At BECU, we are inspired by the belief that teaching healthy financial habits early helps teens make more educated saving and spending decisions. Once a year for our Annual Day of Service, BECU employees bring financial education into communities by working with high schools in our local communities.

Additional resources

We offer a variety of free resources to help you and your teen continue on the road to financial independence: