New: Chore Chart

Today, the “Chore Chart” was officially launched for all users, so you can now provide a list of chores or tasks that your kiddos can do to earn points – and, they’ll know how many points they’re working for!

Similar in nature to the “Rewards List”, the chore chart can be set up very quickly by enabling it in your settings, choosing a name, and adding tasks to the list.

Make sure you print it out and hang it somewhere your kids can easily see it and work to earn their points!

Quick Start Guide

1 – Enable the “Chore Chart” feature in your Settings. Here, you’ll also be able to choose the name for your chore chart page.

2 – Navigate to the chore chart page. With the feature enabled, you’ll be able to head to the page to add tasks to the list.

3 – Add tasks to your list. Make sure to include the number of points that can be earned!

Bonus tip – Make sure to print out your list and hang it somewhere the kids can see it, like on the fridge!

Compound Interest (For Kids!)

How do you explain compound interest to kids? Well, we think we’ve figured out a way… A PlutoPoints way!

Imagine this scenario: your kid is saving up their PlutoPoints for something big. Something like a video game console or an American Girl® doll. It’s going to take a while, right?

But what if your child could earn more points without doing anything at all? All they have to do is leave the points in the “bank” and keep from doing anything that would cause them to lose any points.

“Aha!” says my 8-year-old. “If I can lose them, then I want to trade what I have now in for cash. I can’t lose the money once it’s not points anymore, right?” Right, but then you don’t earn interest either.

And that’s the magic. Once you can explain that redeeming points keeps you from earning as much – for doing absolutely nothing! – you’ve taught them how (and why) to save!

For Example:

Let’s say you have 1000 PlutoPoints. You’ve set up PlutoPoints to “pay” your children 1% each day. (I’ll get to how you can set this up in a moment.)

The first few days, your child will earn 10 points each day. After 10 days, your child will have 1100 points, at which time the daily earnings jumps to 11 points. A few more weeks and they’ll be earning 15 points per day!

1000 points x 1% = 10 points
1000 points + 10 points = 1010 points

Now, let’s say your child wants to “redeem” 500 of the 1000 points for $5.00. That brings their point total down to 500. They may have that $5.00, but they’re only earning 5 “free” points each night. It’ll take that much longer to get back to where they started!

500 points x 1% = 5 points
500 points + 5 points = 505 points

My 8-year-old daughter is currently saving to see a Broadway-style show in a few months and this feature has kept the points in the “bank”!

Setting Up PlutoPoints Interest Payments

Once you’ve logged in, head to your “Settings” page. (You can find a link in the footer of any page or click here.)

Scroll down to the section labeled Interest. We’ll go through each option below.

Enable Interest: If you would like to enable this feature, check the box ✔

Interest Percentage: This is the part that will take some experimenting for your particular point-giving method. I’ve found that 1% works well for a daily schedule, 3% for a weekly schedule, and 10% for a monthly schedule. Your results may vary.

Interest Frequency: This one’s completely up to you. Whether you would like to award points on a daily basis or once a month is fine, you can make the call here. Note: You can decide what day of the week or day of the month you want it to run for you. Daily interest happens at midnight US Eastern time.

→ When you’re finished choosing your options, don’t forget to “Save!”

Once you’ve enabled interest point payments, you’ll also see that reflected on your dashboard.

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PlutoPoints Interest Payments are a PRO feature, but you can learn more about PlutoPoints PRO and all the benefits. There are even more ways to teach kids about saving with PlutoPoints PRO!

Coming soon!

*PlutoPoints Interest Payments are a PRO feature and require upgrade. Coming soon!

PlutoPoints: the New Mom Bucks

If you’re at all familiar with blogs that talk about how to help your kids learn to be financially wise, you’ve likely stumbled across some articles talking about “Mom Bucks”. If you haven’t, here’s a quick recap…

“Mom Bucks” – introduced to the world by the Diary of a Wimpy Kid book series – is a system that allows children to earn “Mom Bucks” for chores completed. Children can bank these “bucks” and then spend them at their discretion (or pay penalties with them for things like quarreling with a sibling).

For more information about “Mom Bucks” specifically, there’s a great (albeit old) article on the Keeper of the Homestead blog.

The concept is great, but the system is outdated. PlutoPoints brings that concept into the present – by offering the same thing in digital form!

By digitizing the “Mom Bucks” concept, you can reward your child with points at any time – right from your smart phone! This allows them to get comfortable with earning and saving money the same way they will when they grow up (think online mobile banking). They’ll (and you’ll) always know how many points they have and give them the opportunity to use them while you’re out and about.

In addition, going digital allows for some features that just aren’t possible otherwise, like the ability for your children to earn interest on their points (coming soon – in private beta!) or providing access to family members so they can see how your child(ren) is/are doing with their point earning (on the roadmap).

We have so much more planned for PlutoPoints… this is just the beginning! Make sure you sign up and get your children started earning and becoming money-wise from an early age!

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