Bank Series Educates Moms and Daughters on Money Matters

Talking to kids about saving and spending money is never easy. In our household, I’ve wavered back and forth on whether or not we should pay our kids for chores. As of right now, I’ve stopped because I got tired of them (well, mostly my youngest child) plunking down that allowance on the first toy they found to buy, which only ended up cluttering the floors of their bedrooms and our bonus room.

I learned about money the hard way. While my parents did contribute somewhat to my college education, they never suggested I put aside the money from the part-time jobs I had all through high school into any sort of college fund. Instead, I blew most of it on clothes and extracurricular activities. So imagine my surprise my senior year, when discussing colleges, that I was told “You’ll have to get a scholarship if you want to go to college. We don’t have the money for that.” Looking back, I realize I could have been saving money all along and wouldn’t have gone into deep debt trying to pay all my college expenses.

When I found out Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. and PNC Bank had put together an interactive financial literary series, “Moms & Girls Money Matters,” I couldn’t help but nod my head in approval. The series targets mothers or female guardians who may have limited-to-moderate knowledge or resources for sound money management. Women are the focus of the series because they traditionally identify as the primary bill payers and shoppers in households. PNC Bank will lead the sessions.  

The series began in October, with the next session scheduled to take place this Saturday, Nov. 21, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at UNC Charlotte Center City. Topics for the series include “Getting Started—Me and My Money,” “Financially Fabulous OR Busted & Broke?” and “How to Save for a Rainy Day.” The next session is scheduled for Dec. 19.

Girl Talk Foundation, Inc. is a 501 (c) agency focused on developing teenaged girls, ages 13-16, socially, emotionally and physically so they become civically-engaged community citizens and professionally competent. Radio personality and entrepreneur Janine Davis founded the agency in 2003.