videoQueen Máxima used to make ‘many mistakes’ when it came to money. For example, when she was young, she sometimes bought things that, in retrospect, she did not need at all. She told that this morning on radio station FunX, in the morning show of DJ Fernando Halman.
,,I bought a lot of things that I thought: what good is that to you”, says Máxima. “Earrings, or a hairpiece. That didn’t work at all, my hair didn’t look good. And that while it was quite expensive.”
She could no longer use that money to save for a big trip that she wanted to make with her friends. ,,After that I had to save even harder to reach that final goal. I succeeded, but I still had to fight more.”
Máxima learned from her parents that she had to work for her money herself. “My first part-time job was teaching math to younger children,” she told Fernando. ,,I’ve always been good with numbers, I’m a math freak. So that’s how I earned my first cents.”
Tikkie from daughters
The Queen rarely carries cash anymore, she said. Nowadays the Queen pays with pin, telephone or credit card. And when the princesses have done their shopping, they send their mother a Tikkie.
“If they buy things for me, they send me a Tikkie afterwards,” said the queen. “We do everything digitally these days. Although we first negotiate well about the height of the Tikkie.”
We also gave our children pocket money. And when that’s gone, I also say: too bad, then you shouldn’t have spent it
The Queen is very afraid that digital payment will lead to even more problems for people who have a hard time keeping an overview. “You used to actually save with jars, where you could put money in”, says Máxima. ,,Now you check your balance every now and then. It is not the case that money suddenly comes into a digital account.”
Pocket money is tuition
The queen also believes that her three daughters handle money ‘very responsibly’. “It is important that parents are consistent when it comes to money,” said Máxima. “We also gave our children pocket money. And when that’s gone, I also say: too bad, then you shouldn’t have spent it.” She advises parents to check the Nibud website to find out what amount is justified at what age.
It is also good for children to learn the consequences of making mistakes with money at a young age. “Pocket money is tuition money”, Máxima taught her daughters. ,,It’s good if you make mistakes at that stage in your life. You learn from that: it’s gone. It is good if parents are strict about this, towards their children. Then you know next time to keep it better.”
When we announced this visit a few days ago, I really got dozens of text messages from people who shouted: haha, that’s an April Fool’s joke!
April 1 joke
Queen Máxima talked in the morning show today Start! with two young people about money matters. The presence of Máxima was in the context of the eleventh edition of the Week of Money, which started on March 28. FunX DJ Fernando Halman’s friends thought he was making an April Fool’s Day joke when he said the Queen would be on the air with him.
,,When we announced this visit a few days ago, I really got dozens of text messages from people who shouted: haha, that’s an April Fool’s Day joke! We’re not falling for that! And now look at you!”
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