6 Back-To-School Season Financial Tips For Parents

 

With the first day of school nearly here, Victory State Bank, Staten Island’s only community-based commercial bank, is suggesting that parents take some time to teach kids about budgeting and savings.

The bank cites the New York City Department of Consumer Affairs as a useful source for tips on financial literacy, including ways to teach your children about budgeting and savings, protect your money and get help with finances.

The city agency offers the following six tips for parents during the Back-To-School season:

1)       Ask for a receipt and save it. In New York City, you are entitled to a receipt for purchases of more than $20. Protect your personal information—by law, a customer's receipt must not show the credit card's expiration date or more than its last five digits.

2)       Check store refund policies. Stores must post a sign detailing their policy. If they don't, you are entitled to a refund within 30 days of your purchase.

3)       Make a list and create a budget. Get the teacher's supply list and then teach your children how to create a budget based on what how much they have to spend and what they need to get. When you're shopping stick to the list and the budget. Help your kids make smart decisions when choosing which supplies to buy.

4)       Compare prices. Use websites, smartphone apps and social media to research products, compare prices, and find sales and discounts.

5)       Teach your children about credit and how it works. Explain to them that a credit card is not "free money" and that what you pay for with it must be paid back with interest. Tell them paying minimum balances versus the full balance and about the consequences of using a credit card irresponsibly.

6)       Be a role model and get financial counseling if you need help. Make smart financial choices when shopping; kids learn a great deal by observing their parents.

New Yorkers can get free, one-on-one financial counseling at one of the City's nearly 30 Financial Empowerment Centers where they can help you reduce debt, understand your credit report, create a budget, improve your credit scores, open a bank account, and start saving for emergencies and the future.

Call 311 to schedule an appointment near you, or visit nyc.gov/consumers for more information.

 

About Victory State Bank

VSB Bancorp, Inc. (OTCQX: VSBN) is the one-bank holding company for Victory State Bank. As Staten Island, N.Y.’s only community-based commercial bank, Victory State Bank operates five full-service locations on the Island: The main office in the community of Great Kills, and branches in the communities of West Brighton, St. George, Dongan Hills and Rosebank. For additional information, Victory State Bank may be reached at 718-979-1100 or visited online at www.VictoryStateBank.com.

 

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