Teach Children To Save

National Teach Children to Save Day (TCTS) was established to spotlight the importance of teaching our youth about saving money. This event occurs every April when bankers make presentations to students in grades K-12 about budgeting, saving, recognizing needs and wants and how interest makes money grow. We won’t be visiting classrooms this year, instead we’ll share tips and resources.

Financial education combined with a deposit account experience at an early age can shape a young person's financial identity, attitudes, and habits in a way that can last for a lifetime. 

The tools and resources listed here support financial education for youth.


Money Smart for Young People is a FREE series offered by the FDIC which includes age-appropriate lessons along with guides for parents https://www.fdic.gov/resources/consumers/money-smart/teach-money-smart/money-smart-for-young-people.html

Find games, activities, websites and information about money for youth. https://www.mymoney.gov/Pages/for-youth.aspx

The Road to Financial Responsibility: Pointers for parents at every stage.

Recommended reading list

Benny’s Pennies, Pat Brisson, Grades PreK-2, Ages 3-7, Teaches smart spending, wants vs needs.

Bunny Money, Rosemary Wells, Grades PreK-2, Ages 3-5, Teaches saving, spending and basic math.

Alexander, Who Used to Be Rich Last Sunday, Judith Viorst, Grades 1-3, Ages 6-8, Teaches spending consequences

Amelia Bedelia Means Business, Herman Parish, Grades 2-4, Ages 6-10; Teaches earning and saving money

O.M.G. Official Money Guide for Teenagers, Susan P. Beacham and Michael L. Beacham, Grades 9 - 12, Ages 14-19, Teaches budgeting, ways to pay, types of credit, identity protection and insurance.

Turn in your coloring sheet for a $5 deposit!

Youth bankers age 10 and under with a Citizens Bank Minnesota youth savings account qualify for a $5 deposit. Download, color and complete the coloring sheet and return to a Citizens location near you and we’ll deposit $5 into your child’s Citizens Youth Savings Account. Or email them to ldummer@citizensmn.bank

Download your coloring sheet here.

Coloring sheets must be submitted by 4:00 PM, Friday, May 21, 2021.