Friday, July 9, 2010

Question for the Mommies...

For all of you Moms out there, I was wondering if you have been sucessful in getting your children involved in couponing? Typically, the only involvment that my kiddos have is

a. They are in trouble and punishment is pulling the expired coupons
b. They are broke and offer to earn money by cutting and filing my q's for me :-)

Otherwise they stay as far as humanly possible from the whole coupon thing. Sam is the only one who will shop with me, and that is only because he is only 3 and therefore has no choice.

So I was wondering what works for all of you out there? Ideas anyone?


NorCalMom July 9, 2010 at 12:22 PM  

I have older kids (17,15, & 13) who absolutely refused to shop with me if I was going to embarrass them by pulling out my coupons. Until I showed them how using coupons could help stretch my budget on items they wanted.

For example my two girls were amazed at how much makeup they could get at Rite Aid and CVS using sales, coupons and SCRs/ECBs.

My son has discovered that I am more likely to buy something new (that he wants to try) if I can get it on sale and then use a coupon. He will walk through the grocery store looking for coupon books and dispensers while I am shopping.

I try to plan my shopping trips and have all of my coupons organized before I leave the house, these speeds up the check out process.

My kids like to check the receipt to see the percentage of savings. They know what my weekly shopping budget is, when I save money with coupons and go beneath my budget I put the extra funds in an envelope. The money in the envelope is then used for extras (movies, frozen yogurt, etc.) They are now much more open to my using coupons.

MotherhoodMoment July 12, 2010 at 2:44 PM  

I'd probably try to keep anything involving couuponing to be a punishment. I think if kids *have* to do something they won't really want to do it on their own. Perhaps let them have a reward instead when they do help? For example, if they can create a list/menu with better savings or less money than you do, they get to keep part of the difference?

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