Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - Cool Brits teach the next generation to save, save, save

Those once considered penny-pinching can now congratulate themselves for being chic savers; a new survey reveals Britons think saving money is cool.

Today's news, tomorrow's lesson - 29 August

Cool Brits teach the next generation to save, save, save


Those once considered penny-pinching can now congratulate themselves for being chic savers; a new survey reveals Britons think saving money is cool.

To keep cash in the bank the 2,000 participants of Quidco’s survey admitted using money off coupons or vouchers, growing their own vegetables and ordering water instead of alcohol on a night out. 90% also said it’s cool to save.

Arabela Velasco of CompareJuniorISA.com, a websites that promotes saving for children’s futures, said: "The growing trend of saving money came out of necessity, but is a wonderful cultural shift. Families are discovering that they can afford to wait and research prices before buying big-ticket items and parents are teaching their children to pay attention to the price of what they buy. The result should be a whole generation of savvy savers, brought up in a recession and therefore understanding that it’s not 'tight' to save money – it’s smart."

Despite passing on good habits to the young, parents are still giving-in to their children’s desires. Parents are paying £500 a year for must-have items such as Moshi Monsters and iPhones according to new research by Skipton Building Society.

Questions for discussion


  • Do your parents often buy you what you want? Do they do this too much or not enough?
  • Why do you think that saving might have become more popular these days?
  • Can you think of ways that you could save money in your own home?



Related resources


Piggy bank or high street bank

  • Introduce pupils to the different ways they can save with this factsheet from National Children’s Bureau

My money

  • Try this Pfeg secondary resource pack to help students understand what to do with their money–when to save and spend.

Save for story time

  • Explain the value of saving money with this printable storybook: ‘I want it!’ from Experian.

Money management

  • Try this PSHE unit of work and prepare students to budget, spend and save.

Further news resources


First News front page

  • Help your pupils understand the features of the front page of a newspaper.

Write all about it

  • Get students creating their own news report with this step-by-step guide

What is the News?

  • A sociological and media perspective on what makes an event 'newsworthy'.

On the box

  • Help pupils to write their own TV news broadcast with this handy PowerPoint.

Structuring stories

  • A scheme of work to help students structure news stories.

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Cyclist Lance Armstrong will cede his seven Tour de France yellow jerseys and accept a lifetime ban from the sport after refusing to contest a US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charge against him.

Scouts have scaled the heights of the UK's highest peaks to light flames as part of a 24-hour relay ahead of the start of the Paralympic Games.

The news that journalists in Myanmar will no longer have to submit stories to the state before publication has been greeted with cautious optimism.




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