Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Pagan Kids and Money

I've been thinking, as Acorn gets older, that we're going to have to start thinking about allowances and money. He's discovered coins - he's not sure what to do with them, but they're interesting, at any rate.

I'm fascinated by multi-compartment banks. There are two types: 3 compartments and 4 compartments.

The three compartment ones are generally set up for money to spend, money to save, and money to "share" by which some people mean charity and others include things like gifts to friends. Some people mean for that "share" bit to be tithing to church specifically.


Four compartment banks usually add "invest"  - money to be saved for the long term


A lot of the places that invent these sort of things talk about tying money to family values using these banks. I'm wondering if there's a better model for Pagan kids?

Wiccan families might try to do some sort of 5 compartment thing:

earth - investing for the future
air - spend on things you need
fire - spend on things you want
water - saving for a rainy day
spirit - charity

I'm not super keen on all of those options, but I'm still thinking about them.

I also was thinking in terms of runes. Fehu is probably money you're going to save for the short term; Gebo for charity, Othala for long term investment. Maybe Wunjo for money you're spending?

What do you think?


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1 comment:

  1. We got billy a "S" is for Savings account at PNC where we do our banking. Their online web interface for the kid's account lets you split up their balances in methods similar to that, and employs sesame street characters. It's drag and drop, pretty neat.

    Not quite tangible, and it doesn't let you incorporate the elements, but maybe another interesting datapoint for you.