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Greenlight is a full-service banking app that caters to families. At its core, Greenlight allows children to learn about spending, saving, investing and cash back rewards in a hands-on way. Most importantly, parents are always in control of spending and investing activities.
Greenlight’s base subscription comes with:
With Greenlight + Invest, kids unlock the Greenlight investing platform where they can trade stocks and ETFs with a parent’s approval. The highest tier, Greenlight Max, increases savings account interest to 2%, and it offers 1% cash back on purchases plus a sleek new debit card. What's more, Greenlight Max subscribers have access to premier customer support and advanced data protection.
Greenlight puts the focus on its core users, kids. This banking app is intuitive, showing spending and saving metrics at a glance. Kids can interact with their money by setting goals and requesting allowance for a chore well done. Older kids can set up a direct deposit to their Greenlight account. With no minimum age to use the app, younger kids can get involved too, making this a great introduction to banking.
Greenlight allows parents to get involved in the fun with its parent interface. Using the Greenlight app, parents can monitor the transactions on their child’s debit card. Additionally, parents can limit or block spending categories and turn the card on or off with the tap of a button.
When it comes to investing, parents must approve trades before they are executed. When a child sets a goal or watches an educational video, parents are notified, opening the opportunity for a learning experience.
Greenlight offers more than just experiential learning. In the app, kids can turn on Learn Mode to unlock brief explanations and definitions of financial terms. The educational content doesn’t end there. With videos and quizzes that are made for a younger audience, Greenlight can teach kids at their level.
Greenlight’s features come at a high price, with a base subscription costing $4.99 per month. Compared to the similar apps we've seen, Greenlight charges about 25% more. For parents, that higher price can add up month after month. And there's an additional fee of $9.99 for a customized debit card.
For a lower cost option: BusyKid is an intuitive, educational app for kids to learn, save, and donate with a debit card. BusyKid doesn’t offer investing options or cash back. However, its single tier subscription beats Greenlight’s lowest cost option.
For more extensive features: FamZoo offers more complex features than Greenlight. With FamZoo, kids can create sub accounts, allocate funds, and even track interest on borrowed money.
Greenlight offers three subscription options:
Greenlight Max: All of the above, plus 2% on savings, 1% cash back on debit card purchases, and insurance on cell phones and card purchases.
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Here's how the costs break down for Greenlight's three plans:
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You want an app that grows with your kids: Greenlight’s basic subscription is suitable for children of many ages. When kids become old enough to learn to invest, they can do it safely with Greenlight + Invest. Plus, Greenlight Max offers the concepts of credit card rewards and insurance. When it comes time to deposit that first paycheck, Greenlight even accepts direct deposits.
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