For Parents

The Match Game

The Match Game can reinforce good money habits with your kids and encourage them to save money.


How It Works

Sometimes saving benefits from a little extra encouragement. Children commonly feel their saving goals are unattainable and their efforts inadequate. You may need to help them a little.

Consider matching anything they save. It could be as generous as if you save $2,500 for a car, we’ll give you another $2,500; or, as limited as if you save $12 for that game, we’ll give you the other $12.

You may want to present the idea as interest on savings. If so, you can use this opportunity to show them how long it takes to double their money in a bank or credit union account.

What Other Games Do You Play?

Have you tried other games with your kids to encourage them to save money and build smart money habits? Let us know.

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About the Author

David McCurrach

David McCurrach is the founder of Kids' Money. Following a career working in finance for several banks and credit unions, David started Kids' Money in 1995 and has since published three books on kids' financial literacy and allowance programs.

Last updated on: December 23, 2022