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It’s time to check in! A few months back I wrote about a new app that my family would be trying out, the ChorePal app by COUNTRY Financial®. As a refresher, the ChorePal app is a tool for keeping track of chores. In the app, each chore is worth either money or points towards a prize. The app was designed to help teach kids the values of hard work, responsibility, and saving money by providing a proactive interaction between the parents and kids.
As I mentioned, we have been trying this app out in my home and have found that it is worth it. The app allows the kids to see exactly what their chores are, when they should be completed, and exactly how much that chore’s completion is worth. The app also allows the kids to see what they are working towards which provides motivation. Since we started using the app I have not had to ask, or remind the kids to do their chores at all!
The conversations about saving money have been smooth too, thanks to ChorePal. I can set multiple rewards for the kids at varying prices so the kids really have to think about what is important to them and save accordingly.
Since starting, Lady T and Manny have cashed in a couple of times, going for cheaper prizes like toys and clothes, but I am still satisfied with their decision making, especially being younger. I just want them to think before purchasing instead of being impulse spenders. Jedi, being older, has decided to save his points as he works towards a bigger, more expensive prize- a new computer. Learning to think before spending, and learning to save is much more important for him as he prepares to get out there in the next couple of years.
Since my kids don’t get an allowance, I feel this is the next best thing. I know as young kids, having physical money in your pocket is very different than saving up points in an app, the temptation to spend is much stronger, but I think this serves as a great way to give the kids the tools they need to make smart, cost aware and efficient decisions when the time comes.
The ChorePal app has been great and I recommend that you check it out along with everything else that COUNTRY Financial® offers including auto, home, business, investment management and many more.
Download the COUNTRY Financial® ChorePal App now at www.getchorepal.com.
What are your kids’ attitudes towards completing chores? Share your experience with me in the comments below.