Starchild: Malaysian children share how they save their pocket money

Ashvini Jeyakanthan, 8

Do you know what it means to save for a rainy day? Saving allows people to buy something in the future that they cannot afford now.

You may not be able to afford your favourite book, toy or game now but, if you set aside a few sen or ringgit every day or every week, you will collect enough to get it in a matter of time.

A piggy bank is an easy way to keep any extra coins and ringgit notes we have so they don’t get misplaced. Before you realise it, you would have saved enough to get yourself a treat.

Here’s what Starchild readers had to say on the topic, Saving For A Rainy Day.

My piggy bank is egg-shaped. I usually keep my savings in the bank. It is good to save money because it allows you to buy your favourite things. I like to buy presents for my Daddy, Mummy and sister, ” says Darren Goh Jia Hao, eight.

Darren Goh Jia Hao, 8Darren Goh Jia Hao, 8

Younger sibling Denise Goh Xi Wen, five, writes: “With extra savings, I can purchase gifts for my parents and brothers. I am also happy to get presents for Christmas.”

Denise Goh Xi Wen, 5Denise Goh Xi Wen, 5

Alisha Anand, 12Alisha Anand, 12

Ashvini Jeyakanthan, eight, gets a fair share of money as presents for her birthday, Deepavali and Christmas. “The bigger notes go into my savings account. My parents allow me to use the smaller notes to buy stationery items at the bookshop. I like buying glitter glue and colourful erasers. I’m saving to go to university so I can be a vet when I grow up.”

Ryder Lankhorst, 6Ryder Lankhorst, 6

Saving money is important so that I can buy bread for people who don’t have enough to eat. That will make them happy and I will be happy too, ” says Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, five.

Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 5Bethany Wang Qi Syuen, 5

Nine-year-old Emelia Chandrani Surenthran puts aside a small portion of her money into her piggy bank each week. “My mother gives me two ringgit each week. I save fifty cents. I have managed to save five ringgit and I’m so proud.”

Emelia Chandrani Surenthran, 9Emelia Chandrani Surenthran, 9

Older sibling Aaron Aditya Surenthran, 11, writes: “I want to save money to further my education.”

Aaron Aditya Surenthran, 11Aaron Aditya Surenthran, 11

Erin Sonia Colin, 11, wants to save her money to buy a bigger house and fancy car. “With the extra savings, I will donate some of my money to improve the lives of stray animals. I can use the rest of the money to buy other meaningful things when I am older.”

Erin Sonia  Colin, 11Erin Sonia Colin, 11

ITEM: School is finally over and it’s time to enjoy a long break. Due to the conditional movement control order, children can’t participate in many activities as in the past holidays. What do you have planned for the holidays? Are you doing anything exciting? Perhaps you could share ideas on how children can enjoy the holidays amid the pandemic.

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