How Can Money Clubs Help Build Generational Wealth?
For parents, saving for your child’s future plays a big part in managing your money. Whether they’re still at nursery, or thinking about buying their first home, you may be looking to give your children a little financial support as they grow up.
And while there are many formal savings tools available, they don’t always cater for newcomers to the UK. Which is why money club committees are so important for building generational wealth.
If you’re already part of a committee, you can use this traditional method to plan for your family’s future. If you haven’t joined a money club yet, here are 7 ways they can contribute to generational wealth for your family — and your community.
1. Money clubs help you teach your children about money
Knowing how to manage your finances is one of the most useful life skills a young person can have. That’s why financial education is often just as important as passing on money itself.
By joining or starting a money club, you can teach your children how to manage money even in an informal way. This gives them the financial knowledge they need to flourish as they grow up, and helps them manage money for their own families in the future.
2. Anyone can join or start a money club
If you’re new to the UK and don’t have a UK credit score yet, you may find it hard to access some loans and formal savings schemes. This is one reason that money clubs are popular in many UK migrant communities.
Joining a money club means you can start contributing immediately — you don’t have to wait for your credit score to improve. Starting early is one of the most important things you can do to build generational wealth, so it’s a great way to put some money away if you’re still establishing yourself as a UK resident.
3. Pass on your financial traditions to your children
Money clubs are part of cultural money-management traditions all over the world. When you’re bringing up a child away from your home country, it’s important to help them understand the ties and traditions that are part of their heritage.
Joining a money club normalises informal money schemes for children in the UK. It can also encourage them to continue this financial tradition when they’re old enough to start managing their own money, helping them consider and plan for their own future.
4. Everyone in your community can contribute
Part of building generational wealth is supporting the rest of your community to achieve their goals. As your community prospers, it becomes easier for future generations of all families to create and retain wealth.
Money clubs allow you to contribute together as a community. Your pay-in helps other people plan for themselves and their families — so no matter what life stage each committee member is at, they can pay for what’s most important to them.
5. You won’t lose money on investments
Money clubs are often used as an alternative to formal investment and savings schemes. And while you won’t earn interest from a money clubs, you also don’t need to risk losing your money.
With a money club, you’re investing in your own community. As long as you trust the people you’re saving with, there’s little risk of losing the money you pay into your money club fund. Plus, you won’t need to worry about investing in unethical products that violate your values or beliefs.
6. You can use your funds for anything
Certain formal UK saving schemes require you to save for something specific. For example, the Lifetime ISA must be used to buy your first home, or save for retirement. If you withdraw money for any other purpose, you’ll pay a 25% withdrawal penalty (which covers the government savings contributions).
With a money club, you can use your funds for anything. Whether you want to put your kids through university, or send money to your parents back home, you can choose how you spend your contributions. You have total control over how much money you put towards building generational wealth for your family.
7. Get your money when you need it
While money clubs rely on a turn-taking approach to payouts, some money club organisers arrange payouts so you get your money just when you need it. If you’re planning for something specific — such as a wedding, or a trip to see family abroad — you may be able to schedule the perfect time for your payout. That means your family can benefit from your money club payouts immediately, as well as in the future.
Talk to your money club organiser — or start your own committee — to see if you can set a specific date for your payout.
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Joining a money club is just one way to start planning and building a financial future for your children. From getting trustworthy financial advice to making ethical investments, find out more about intergenerational wealth planning.