You might remember recently that I wrote the post about the NatWest Piggie competition. Well, I’m popping up again to ask you to ask you to vote for your favourite of the winners. We didn’t make the shortlist but looking at the entries, I think the quality was high enough for us not to feel too bad about that. Besides, I think it is great for kids to enter a competition and see that they’ve been part of something huge with kids from around the country. Take a minute to watch the video and see the effort put into the finalist entries and let them know who you think should win.
This was a competition about encouraging children to save; no doubt it has sparked conversations across the country about what pocket money used to consist of in the dark ages (1985 in my case, 50p a week if I tidied and vacuumed my bedroom!) and about saving, frugality and planning for the future. My children are very aware they are growing up in times of ‘austerity’ and that money is short. They’ve seen that people buy less toys from our business when people need to spend their income on fuel, food and basics and been children who have experienced a childhood where excess is normal in society and seen it change. They understand about credit crunch and how debt can spiral and how a job can be lost or a business can contract and, more than many children, our family business means they are very aware of where our money is earned and how dependent on other factors it is. It’s not a bad thing to instill saving and future planning in a child and to begin to bring our children up believing that a credit card is not a buffer but a savings account is. Josie was thrilled this year to see her government bond had made £40 in interest. She’s £40 closer to the farm she wants to buy in 12 years time.
So, pop over and vote for the savers of the future. Those piggies can only help 🙂
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