Financial Education: The Gift That Keeps on Giving

The holiday season is the perfect time for kids to begin thinking about – and practice managing – their finances.


Between shopping Black Friday deals and crossing off wish lists for loved ones, young shoppers have plenty to purchase at the end of the year. While some may think consumers under 18 only deal with chump change, a recent Cornerstone report found that Gen Z’s spending power reached an estimated $360 billion in 2021


A chart from a Cornerstone report that shows Gen Z’s spending power was $360 billion in 2021.


In 2023 alone, Gen Z consumers are expected to spend $1,275 during the holidays, 22% more than they spent in 2022 and the largest percentage leap of any age group year-over-year. Together, these figures indicate that young consumers have a growing impact on the economy, especially around the holidays.


Furthermore, 33.6% of teenagers got a job in the summer – and we can expect that trend to continue through the end of the year. As numerous teens head into the holiday season with a job – for some, their first – and money in their checking account, they will likely need extra support in navigating how to manage their own finances, especially with holiday scams and strategic holiday marketing threatening to make shoppers overpay or lose hard-earned money.


With the holiday season officially here, banks and credit unions can give young consumers – and their account-holding parents – the gift of financial literacy and education.


Putting a Bow on Financial Literacy


When considering financial literacy, teaching new consumers basic financial terms and fundamentals is often what first comes to mind. However, giving kids the opportunity to practice managing money earlier – what we call financial “experience” – can help instill responsible spending habits from an early age. 


Many parents use an allowance system or fake money to mimic budgeting to help their kids manage money. Financial institutions can take this approach to new heights by giving families a platform to manage real finances in a parent-controlled environment.


By introducing a white-label family digital wallet into their banking platform, banks and credit unions can help kids spend, save, donate, and invest during the holidays and beyond.


  1. Spend: Through a family digital wallet, kids can practice buying gifts from a list of vendors pre-approved by their parents. Parents can also set up spending limits to encourage budgeting.
  2. Save: For kids with a more expensive item on their or a loved one’s wish list, a family digital wallet can help them save money until they’re ready to purchase. Parents can establish rewards and benchmarks to entice their children to save and allow them to visualize their process.
  3. Donate: Throughout the year, but especially during the season of giving, kids can donate to causes important to them. Through a family digital wallet, parents can select charities and organizations for their children to practice charitable giving and children can donate through the wallet.
  4. Invest: As kids purchase from their favorite brands during the holiday season, it’s a perfect time to help them fractionally invest as little as $10 in part of those brands’ stocks and watch how they evolve – long after the new year.


Retaining New Consumers: The Gift That Keeps on Giving


By engaging young consumers with a family digital wallet at an early age, banks and credit unions stand to retain customers and members even after the holidays are over.


The Cornerstone report also found that once a bank has acquired a customer, they typically stay with that bank for many years. U.S. adults, on average, have used the same primary checking account and savings account for 17 years.


A chart from a Cornerstone report that shows checking account tenure by age group, in years.



Offering a family digital wallet can retain the parent of the young consumer, as well. According to Cornerstone, banks can more than double their customer tenure by offering two products instead of one.


A chart from a Cornerstone report that shows the relationship between product adoption and customer tenure.


By investing in a white-label family digital wallet solution, banks and credit unions can engage lifelong customers and members.


Integrate a White-Label Family Digital Wallet


REGO’s family digital wallet gives families the space to practice spending, saving, investing, and donating money in a safe, parent-controlled platform. 


REGO’s family digital wallet can integrate into a bank or credit union’s existing platform or app, or they can customize REGO’s standalone, white-label app with their institution’s branding. Whichever option they choose, each transaction is safe and parent-controlled.


As the only certified COPPA and GDPR-compliant family digital wallet on the market, REGO is an expert on children’s banking privacy laws and can help financial institutions navigate the complicated regulatory landscape.


To start offering family banking to parents and their kids, set up a demo with the REGO team, and give customers and members the greatest gift during the holidays.