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(Note: This post and giveaway were sponsored by Homey. Read our disclosure policy here.)

I believe that one of the greatest gifts you can give your kids is a strong work ethic.

I know it doesn’t feel like a gift when you are training and teaching and explaining and re-doing and inspecting their work over and over again when they are little.

I know it doesn’t feel like a gift when it takes 5 times as long for you to get anything done while they are working alongside you.

I know it doesn’t feel like a gift when they have bad attitudes and complain about having to work while their friends get to play.

I know it doesn’t feel like a gift when you are tired and worn out and it’d be so much easier and quicker for you to just do it yourself rather than having them help or do their chores.

But if you stick with it, someday they will be old enough to do all of the laundry for your family and you’ll just write it on their list and they will sort, wash, dry, fold, and put it away with zero help from you and with zero complaints from them because they just know it’s what is expected of them.

And (hopefully!) they’ll carry this same work ethic into the real world someday and it will take them far in life. Then, all those days, weeks, and months of effort and training will pay off in big dividends!

Mamas in the trenches: I know it’s tough. I know it feels like you aren’t making any headway and that your kids will never be old enough to do anything but make messes and need your help.

But the light is at the end of the tunnel… hang on and keep plodding forward. And you’ll have your own in-house laundry service before you know it! 😉

I’m so grateful that my parents taught me to work hard from a young age. Looking back, I realize how much doing chores as a child prepared me so well for being a wife, mom, and business owner!

That’s why I was excited when Homey asked me about doing a review of their new app that helps teach kids about money through completing chores and working toward goals.

I love that the Homey app not only encourages kids to develop a strong work ethic, but it teaches kids how money is earned, encourages long-term goal setting, instills real life financial skills, and connects the whole family with a fun approach to paid chores.

Here’s how the Homey app works:

1. Download the Homey app here for Android or iPhone. You can access its basic features for FREE, or you can opt to upgrade your account to premium for $3.99/month or $29.99 annually.

They even offer an unlimited feature for $6.99/month or $49.99 annually. {Scroll down to the bottom of this post for an opportunity to win a FREE year of the unlimited subscription!}

2. Set up your household and then a profile for each member within the app.

3. Decide on one device or multiple devices. If your kids are old enough to have their own mobile devices, you can have linked individual profiles on separate mobile devices. If your kids are younger, the individual profiles can all be shared on one family device. As the household creator, you also have the ability to set permissions and roles for each family member.

4. Set up chores for each child’s profile, and decide if the chores will be paid or unpaid. In our house, we have a system of paid chores and non-paid chores, so I LOVE this option!

:: You can choose to set a chore as a responsibility that is not paid to teach your child the importance of contributing to the family without getting paid.

:: If you choose to label a task as an extra paid chore, you’ll need to designate the amount of coins each chore is worth. Coins earned can be traded in for specified rewards within the app.

5. Set rewards for each child’s profile. Depending on your household system, there are options to set up a weekly allowance for chores, wishlist items (toys, screen time, etc.), or extra money.

Regardless, each reward requires a specified amount of coins that teaches children how to save up what they’ve earned from their hard work. Kids can even set up their own wishlists to practice setting long term goals for themselves.

6. Connect your children’s checking or savings bank accounts with the app, if so desired. Homey allows you to transfer the allowance or extra money earned directly to your child’s bank account.

I love this, because I think it’s SO important to teach kids real life financial skills at an early age, and I’d rather them make $3 mistakes now when they are little to hopefully prevent some $3,000 and $30,000 mistakes down the road.

7. Kids start doing chores, working towards their goals, and getting rewarded for their hard work through the Homey app! Each time a task is finished, they just take a photo of their progress or completion so that you know what got done at a glance. It’s that simple!

Go here to get started with the Homey app.

Win a FREE unlimited annual subscription to the Homey app!

The folks over at Homey decided to give away one FREE unlimited annual subscription to a one MoneySavingMom reader ($49.99 value) this week!

Just comment on this post about why you’d love to try the Homey app for your family. I will randomly pick one winner from all of the comments to win the annual subscription.

(In the meantime, you can go ahead and download the FREE version of Homey to explore its features. If you’re a winner, they’ll upgrade your account to the unlimited subscription for free when the giveaway ends!)

This giveaway will run through end of day on June 8, 2017.

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How do you encourage and motivate children to do chores in your home? I’d love to hear!

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  • Leah says:

    I would love to win this to help motivate my 13 and 7 year olds to do more chores. My 7 yo loves to help me, but if I ask her to do things on her own, I get a less than favorable response and the 13 yo is starting to act too much like a whiny teenager. 🙁 Need to nip this in the bud now! I will also try out the free option!

  • Christina says:

    I’ve tried a few different chore tracking systems for my 6 & 7 year old boys and haven’t had much luck. They are new and exciting for about a week and then the system eventually becomes even more work than trying to teach the boys how to do the chores. This app sounds easy for me and fun for them…excited to try it!!

  • Danielle says:

    Would love to try out the Homey app as we have always had great ideas to start a chore system with our kids but implementation is never great. this app seems to help motivate the kids in the different way.

  • Jenna says:

    This sounds perfect, we always come up with great ideas but stink at keeping up with it!

  • Yvonne N says:

    Would love to give this a try.

  • Lee says:

    I would love to win this for my family. Not only do I want to teach my kids in a positive way to do chores, but also that it’s part of being a team and we all can do fun things together. I also think it will help me from nagging them and getting frustrated from repeating myself.

  • Kelly Hess says:

    We are just getting back into our summer paid chores. I would love to try this with our 8 and 11 year old. I think it would really motivate them!

  • Kristen says:

    My 5 year old is pretty great with chores, but my 3 year old is trying my patience. I know so much is tied to my lack of consistency! Maybe something like this would help me stay accountable 🙂

  • Stacey says:

    Would love to try this since we are just starting to actually keep track of unpaid and paid chores and being they have ipads now they can each have it on their own.

  • JenW says:

    I would like to try this out for my 10 year old. I like the idea of being able to track responsibilities and jobs differently, and that responsibilities must be completed before jobs become available.

  • Leslie says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I need help. I seem to be searching for something that will work far too often. This looks promising. I have several that are good at doing what is asked. Some that need the prompts. One that is terrible. Thinking the built in rewards that don’t rely on me but rather on them would. E great.

  • Zola Paget says:

    I can’t wait to try this with my 6-year-old!

  • Tina says:

    What an awesome idea! I would love to win the unlimited app. I am awful at chore charts and would think this would work so much better!

  • Julia says:

    I am so excited to check this app out. I think could be just want we need to encourage our boys to do their chores and stick with it! The app looks easy to use and navigate for parents and adults. I can’t wait to check out the free version and start giving it a try!

  • Tara says:

    This sounds like it’s just the thing I need to keep track of my kids’ chores. Love that you can designate them as paid or unpaid!

  • Lauren Gonzalez says:

    Sounds like a really cool app! My 5 year old helps around the house but it would be nice to have a place to list everyone’s tasks in one place, especially mine!

  • Gina says:

    Would love to have a way to organize my three sons chores!

  • Kristel says:

    Woukd love to try something different to keep my kids on track with compmeting chores.

  • Sarah says:

    I have 4 kids and work part-time. We live very busy lives and could use a little organization! The kids also would like the opportunity to earn some money. If they’re going to be on their devices they might as well be seeing what they’ve got for chores!

  • Samantha D says:

    This would be fantastic to use with my 4 kids 🙂 And they would love that it’s an app. Thanks!

  • Amber says:

    My husband and I are currently in a financial bind and have been unable to give our children everything they want. I think this would be a great tool to use to teach them more about exactly how much it takes to buy something and how you have to save up to achieve what you really want.

  • Jaime S says:

    I would love to win this! We have been trying to find a way to keep our 7yo on task with her chores without complaining. Especially since summer began, we are focusing a bit more on this to set a good routine as she goes into the next school year. She knows now that she cannot play until her chores are done, but it would be great to have a visual for her for those rewards as well as allowance earnings!

  • Krista says:

    I’m really excited to try this out with my kids. We have been wanting to start a more formal chore system so I think this would be a great and interactive way to initiate it!

  • Robin says:

    I feel guilty for not making my son do more chores than he does.

  • Katy P. says:

    We’ve been contemplating starting chores for our four-year old. This is intriguing, I was thinking more along the lines of a sticker chart, but this sounds promising to keep me on the ball as well.

  • Kathlena Reed says:

    Would love to give this a try but it won’t let me sign up for a paid membership, it says unavailable in my county. I just recently set up a savings account for my son so this would be great!

  • Melissa says:

    Wow! Why would I not want this APP what a great way to “connect” with this new generation. My “old fashion” chore chart is just not working for my 9 and 13 year old. Perhaps this could be the answer to my prayers of getting my kids to help more

  • Amy S. says:

    My kids love logging things online so I think this would be a hit!

  • rachel says:

    I think this is a great app idea! I’d never heard of this, but I love that each kid can have their own profile on their own device! I’m definitely trying this once we move into our new house (next week)!!!!!!!!!

  • Amy says:

    I think this app may be a very useful tool to help our family stay on track decluttering and keeping the house clean! I am totally setting up a profile for myself as well as the kids!

  • Tzivy says:

    Looks really interesting.

  • Melissia Dillmuth says:

    I would love to win this. I have three children and we live in Korea. There are no other opportunities for my children to earn money here except through paid chores, so I want to use a system like this to teach them about earning, saving and spending. They are 15, 13 and 9. It would be very beneficial to us.

  • jill says:

    With 5 kids and multiple attempts at keeping Chores organized this would be huge for our family. I so agree with the training being daunting as everything takes longer and attitudes are not always good. But we moved to a 8 Acre Farm to encourage hard work ethics. Hard to keep a farm up and house clean. This would be beneficial for our family of 7

  • Wendi says:

    This sounds like a cool app and I know everything is more fun according to my children if it’s connected to electronics! Maybe chore lists would be more fun too!!

  • Nikki Deaver says:

    My best friend/sister by choice died the 27th of May. She adopted and was raising her 10 year old grandson. I am helping to raise her sweet boy. She did not have a chore plan in place. I think it will work best if he has a plan in place. He is ADHD and needs as much structure as possible. I would love to have this app, so he can visually see his progress. He is very tech savvy, so I think this would make chores more fun for him. We are also having to work on organization skills for him as he will be in Jr High when he goes back to school. With his mom dying and starting in a new school I know we need to do as much organization planning as possible this summer. This app would go a long way toward helping with organization. Thank you for this suggestion and the chance to win this app. Please keep us in your prayers.

  • Carmen says:

    We are just starting to implement an allowance and chores list in our family (our child is 6). I was going to do it on paper, but I’m sure my child would love to be able to see her account grow – especially as she works towards a money goal.

  • Tracey says:

    I have tried a couple other chore apps and none had the features I am looking for. My 3 kids are now 12, 13, and 15 and they finally all have their own devices. I’m anxious to try out Homey and see if it does what I want it to do! I hope they will be able to receive notifications of their chores as well as mark when they’re complete. The chore chart on the wall just didn’t cut it for us… 🙁 Excited to give this a try!

  • Tami says:

    I have a troublesome teenager who won’t do chores unless we stay on top of her. I think the Homey app will help us so that she starts to learn how working is an every day part of her life. Maybe she’ll be able to succeed financially because of the knowledge.

  • Michelle says:

    The Homey app sounds like a great way to start summer vacation on a positive note by getting the kids to help.

  • megan says:

    I would love this app because I have tried the paper list and my daughter loves them but I hate having to make them up each week. So some weeks it doesn’t get done. I would love to try an app to save time….I know selfish reason but there you have it 🙂