The High School Student’s Guide to Money Management and Saving Cash for College

Though high school is a time of increased independence, it’s also a time of increased responsibility. While you don’t have to let go of your childhood the minute you start ninth grade, it’s a good idea to start thinking about your future and what kind of adult you want to be. The best way to do this is to open checking and savings accounts and consider the following money management tips:

Piggy bank or credit card

Put Together a Budget
As a teenager, you probably don’t have that many expenses. Still, you can get a feel for money management by creating your own budget. Write down how much you get from your allowance or job, then put down how much you expect to spend on movies, gas, and meals out with friends. Since you don’t have to pay for living expenses, now is a great time to save.

Get into Online Banking
If keeping track of your finances seems boring, you should try your credit union’s online banking service. Online banking makes it easy to keep an eye on your account balance, and can be fun to use. Getting into the habit of checking your balance regularly can help you  rein in your spending  now and for the rest of your life.   

Put the Future Ahead of the Present
High school is an extremely formative time in your life, and you should do your best to make the most of it. However, that doesn’t mean recklessly spending money on things you don’t need. Keep in mind that saving money now will reduce the amount of money you have to borrow for college, and thus reduce the amount of interest you pay in the future.

GCS Credit Union  can provide numerous banking services for O’Fallon, IL teenagers looking to get a jumpstart on money management. To learn how you can set up checking and savings accounts, call us at (618) 797-7993. We also offer credit cards, auto loans, and much more. 

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