Adults seeking more meaningful work

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When the pandemic struck last year, employees in the service and hospitality industries were hit especially hard.

Baristas and store clerks who relied on newly expanded jobless benefits had a lot of time to reflect — and some received more money while unemployed than they did working. Certain low-wage workers actually doubled their salaries.

So while the economy is making a comeback and many Americans are ready to return to their old lives, others aren’t so eager to return to lower wage or higher risk jobs. Instead, they’re taking this time to seek out more meaningful, more flexible and more lucrative jobs.

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How to help your teens manage their money

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In the meantime, teenagers with limited experience but lots of time and enthusiasm are making bank. The labor shortage is allowing younger folks to command higher wages than usual, and some businesses are even offering bonuses and other incentives to attract them.

Parents can use this opportunity to teach financial literacy and establish good spending and saving habits early on. Here’s how to get started:

Show them their banking options

Even if your teen already has a checking or savings account, present them with new options so they can reevaluate which one works best for them.

Student bank accounts can sometimes offer better perks or zero fees, but they aren’t the only ones worth looking at.

For example, you can suggest they park their earnings in a high-yield savings account rather than a traditional one. They might be able to rake in 50 times more interest than they would otherwise.

Get them building credit

It might not seem like an immediate concern, but young people often have a hard time getting good interest rates on credit cards, car loans, mortgages and other financial products. They simply haven’t had enough time to build up a good credit score.

Get them started now borrowing money on a credit card and paying it back each month. Once they've built up enough history, they can start monitoring their credit score for free online so they can track their progress.

Teach them to invest the right way

American teenagers have become a lot more interested in investing in the past year, thanks to the rise of meme stocks like Gamestop.

That’s wonderful news — but if you don’t want your kids getting stock picks from TikTok, step in and show them what responsible investing looks like.

It’s easier to focus on companies your teens know, like Apple and Amazon. Buying a full share of those behemoths can be extremely expensive, but so long as you use an app that offers fractional shares, they can invest as little or as much money as they want.

Remember, it’s never too early to start. In fact, some apps even offer investment services for younger kids, where you get to monitor and approve all of their trades.

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About the Author

Serah Louis

Serah Louis

Senior Staff Writer

Serah Louis is a staff writer with MoneyWise.com. She has a Bachelor of Science from the University of Toronto, where she double majored in Biology and Professional Writing and Communications.

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