Want your kids to make better food choices? Check out how one family is using Greenlight to help!

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Kids are tough. Shopping for foods they’ll eat, making lunches, getting them to do their homework, getting them up and out the door on time, and getting them to put down their tech and go outside can be challenging. One of the biggest challenges we as parents face when it comes to kids is getting them to eat healthily.

But what if there was a better way? What if you didn’t have to rationalize that fries are made with potatoes and are therefore a vegetable? What if you could get your kids to start making healthy choices themselves?

That’s what one family is trying. And they’re using Greenlight to power their “make your own healthy choices” experiment with her kids!

The Stevens’ were sick of hearing their kids complain about the lunches they packed and wasting food, so they came up with a solution: give them a budget on their Greenlight cards, set the boundaries of what they can eat, and then do their own grocery shopping. Here’s the story first hand from Mrs. Stevens:

We decided to give them each a weekly lunch budget of $25 and to plan a menu, then go shopping on Sunday. We encouraged them to be resourceful. Do you both want pasta? Whatever we have at home already, consider putting that on your list vs. buying something new. Pool your money and split everything if you want. Buy juice boxes or don’t…take a water bottle and save the money. We let them get whatever they wanted with only 2 restrictions:

1. You must have one decent entrée (Doritos are not an entrée), and

2. You must include one fruit or veggie. The rest, you decide.

I received the notification on the first Sunday while they were shopping that they spent $22.49 and $22.50, respectively. My husband said they bickered a little bit about what was on the menu, but he said it went well in the end, and a bonus: they both remembered their PINs!

We’ve all heard that getting kids involved in cooking makes them more likely to actually eat dinner, but getting them involved in shopping is pure genius! If kids pick their own foods, they’ll be more likely to actually eat them — and they’ll learn the value of budgeting and the downside of food waste at the same time.

If you’re using Greenlight in creative ways, we want to hear from you. Email us at support@greenlight.me with your stories.

If you aren’t using Greenlight, what are you waiting for? Start your free trial today.

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Money Skills to Teach Your Kids

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Let Kids Manage Their Own Budget

The sooner kids realize the value of dollars spent, the quicker they’ll catch on to the importance of saving. When they have to make decisions on whether to spend or save their own money, they consider the trade-offs they are making. Kids learn a lot from managing their own money, and the sooner they get started the quicker they’ll learn.

Teach Kids about Saving

Greenlight provides a suite of tools to help create teachable moments around saving. Show kids their Greenlight Savings Account and explain how to make saving a habit. When they start earning some money of their own, encourage them to save some of it. You can allocate portions of allowance payments to Savings, to instill smart money management.

Teach Kids the Importance of Giving

One of Greenlight’s most unique features is Giving. Within the Giving tab of the app, kids can put their own money aside to donate or make a purchase for a nonprofit of their choice. Instilling this thought leadership when they are young will instill good prioritization in money management later on.

“It’s great that we can allocate a certain amount to ‘give.’ My daughter was so proud she had money to donate to kids in our district who struggle to purchase school necessities.

L.M.
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Greenlight 2.0 – Jam-Packed With The Features YOU’VE Been Asking For

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Hi everyone, Tim Sheehan, Greenlight Co-Founder & CEO here with some exciting news – Greenlight 2.0 is HERE! That’s right, if you haven’t already heard, the brand new version of Greenlight has just made its way onto the scene.

When we started mapping out what we wanted to include in Greenlight 2.0, we reviewed all of the amazing comments, suggestions, ideas, etc. we’ve received from our Greenlight families. All of that feedback helped us create this updated version of Greenlight that we hope you’ll love!

What’s new in 2.0?

 

New Look
You’ll notice immediately when you open the updated version of Greenlight that there is a new look and feel to the app. Our goal with this version was to make the app even easier to use while incorporating some great new features and functionality. I think the app looks fantastic especially when you add pictures of your kids.

ATM Access
Now, when your child needs cash (e.g., to buy something from a place that only accepts cash), you can add money to the “Any ATM” greenlight to set a specific amount that your child can withdraw from any ATM. (i.e., only the amount of money that the parent specifies in the “Any ATM” greenlight may be withdrawn from an ATM.)

Savings Goals
Also brand new in 2.0 is Savings Goals! This feature allows your child to set aside money for a specific purpose – like a new bike, cell phone, game, or trip – and visually see how they are making progress toward reaching that goal! Also, Greenlight kids will receive Parent-paid Interest on the money they save in their specific Savings Goals accounts.

Giving
Greenlight’s brand new Giving feature allows Greenlight families to allocate a certain portion of a child’s funds to be set aside for donations to charities and purchases from non-profit organizations. This is something that hits very close to home for many of us on the Greenlight Team. We have seen numerous Greenlight families express this same sentiment and request a feature that would make it easier to allow their kids to dedicate a portion of their money for charities that they are passionate about.

These are just a few of the many new and improved features within Greenlight 2.0. Don’t just take my word for it though, take a look for yourself! 🙂

Check out the new Greenlight app!

Don’t have Greenlight yet? Sign up now!

Have you already played around with the latest version of Greenlight? Does 2.0 get the Greenlight from you and your family? Please let us know by sending us an email or by messaging us directly within the Greenlight app (go to Settings > Help > Contact Us).

All of us at Greenlight are focused on 1 goal: to help parents raise financially-smart kids. We’ll continue to work hard toward that goal.

THANK YOU for being a Greenlight family! 🙂

Tim

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