February 1st, 2013 2 Comments » | POSTED BY ROB

PKTMNY: Online Pocket Money & Savings For Kids (Controlled By Parents)

PKTMNY is a new way for parents to help their children earn, save and spend their money.

PKTMNY

Firstly, the website aims to teach kids about using money responsibly, with saving and spending tools. Parents can set their children tasks, for which they can earn money doing.

Parents can also set savings goals, track their kids’ spending, create wishlists and manage their pocket money online. You can also get others, such as grandparents, to contribute, so they can help the little ones reach their savings goals.

As well as the online tools that PKTMNY offers, they have also partnered with VISA to give kids their own debit card. Naturally, parents will have full control on the amount of money the child can spend using the card. You can set a weekly spending limit, and a transaction limit. You can also specify whether you want the card to be used in high street stores, in cash machines and online. PKTMNY claim it’s the most advanced youth card on the market.

All in all, this sounds like a great idea. I’ve been struggling to manage my own kids’ pocket money, especially as they now want to buy stuff online, which normally comes out of my own accounts.

Charges

Naturally, this isn’t a free service, and there are a few charges to bear in mind if you plan to use PKTMNY with your own kids.

Firstly, there is a £5 joining fee per family, then you pay £1 per child every month. There’s also charges for adding money to your parent account; 1.21% for credit cards, and 50p for debit card transactions. You can avoid these fees by setting up a standing order to PKTMNY though.

Finally, if your child wishes to withdraw cash from an cash machine, they’ll be charged 50p for the privilege (£2 if abroad).

Verdict

I definitely think I’ll be trying PKTMNY out to see if will help me look after my kids’ pocket money, I know they’ll love having their own debit cards, and I like the way parents can control the various features and spending limits available. PKTMNY could well be a child’s first experience of online banking, and could potentially help them learn to be more responsible with their money.

The minor downside is the charges, which are certainly not extortionate, but we’ll have to see how they add up once the children start using their cards.

I’d be interested in hearing your thoughts; do you think PKTMNY is a good idea? Have you used it and if so what is your experience of it? Let us know in the comments below.


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2 Comments on “PKTMNY: Online Pocket Money & Savings For Kids (Controlled By Parents)”

Miles, February 28th, 2013

Those charges sound pretty piffling to me, they seem pretty damn high if you’re a kid. No way in this a winner for anyone but the most indulged of children.

I’d pay a single lat fee per month for the other tools if the use of the system was free per transaction, probably quite a bit. But not this way.

Jane, March 12th, 2013

Well, I think that PKTMNY is a very good idea. Unfortunately, there are lots of people with wrong attitude to money, they just don’t know how to manage money prudently and can’t get out of debts. That’s why I think that parents should help their kids to save money and manage it prudently. It’s good that there are website which can help parents to explain their kids that they should be frugal and save cash for a rainy day. Also I think that parents should talk to their children about credit cards and immediate paycheck loans, kids should understand when it’s worth to borrow money and that it’s necessary to be extremely responsible and pay back in time.

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