It’s almost time for kids to head back to school. Feeling ready? Plenty of families will find it hard to get back into the swing of the academic week. However, you can ease your child into it by getting them a Rooster Card if they’re 6 or over. From travel to food, to giving them the independence they want: here’s 6 reasons to get a Rooster Card before term starts.

1. Cash is a thing of the past

The Rooster Card is a prepaid debit card for children over the age of six. You can’t go into debt with the card, parents can freeze its use any time they like via the parental app, and it can’t be used for grown-up services, such as gambling sites. See where the Rooster Card can’t be used here.

It’s also contactless, which means kids can practice paying like grown-ups, and learn some practical, financial skills. Used in conjunction with the Rooster Money app, it encourages kids to manage their money, by organising it under different headings: Card, Save, Give, or Goals. Oh, and it also works online, letting them buy from Amazon or spend their pocket money on video games – but this can be turned off, if parents want.

You’ll also get a really useful notification every time your child makes a purchase – so you can keep track.

2. Travel

Get a Rooster Card, and say goodbye to lost lunch money, missing train tickets and unexpected requests for after-school shopping trips. School children with a Rooster Card can pay for public transport, buy lunch at the canteen, and spend pocket money on the way home from school.

In fact, the card itself is a useful learning tool, allowing kids to spend, save, and learn about real-world financial management.

You can learn more about using the Rooster Card on public transport here.

3. Let them own the budget for new term upgrades

Last year’s backpack might look a bit out of style, but should you be paying for it? Get a Rooster Card, set some timely Rooster Goals in the app, and kids themselves can work towards these discretionary purchases, either by setting aside their pocket money, or by carrying out chores (which you can also set in the app). Or, you could add £35 for new stationery and a bag on their card, letting them choose how much to spend on fancy pens vs a cool backpack.

4. Real time notifications and instant freezing

The Rooster Money app sends you updates to let you know what your children are spending their money on. You can also give them a top-up via the app, if they’re running low on funds, or deserve a reward, and you can even stop their card, if they aren’t behaving themselves or have misplaced it.

5. Earn a bonus by referring new friends

If you get a friend to sign up to a Rooster Card, you could earn £10 each if you use our Refer A Friend feature in the app. That’ll buy quite a few after school treats, and can earn you some brownie points with their new school friends!

6. Chores

Check out the full list of family friendly features that come with our Rooster Card here. You could set up chores to help perfect the shift back to school, such as ironing their uniform, getting their own packed lunch ready, or washing their PE kit!

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