Dana Joseph (otherwise known as Mrs. Not Made of Money), is a SAHM to 4 adorable kiddos. She writes the personal finance blog “Not Made of Money” with her husband where they share money saving tips to help people live a debt free life.
Few can argue that clipping coupons can lead to significant savings at the grocery store. Devoted coupon users scour their local newspapers and grocery store ads to find coupons for their favorite grocery items. Coupled with discounts offered during in-store sales, coupon clipping can really make a dent in a family’s grocery expenses. Coupon clipping, although a worthwhile investment of your time, can take up more of your day than you’d like. Use ideas like these to turn this thankless task into one more opportunity to spend time with your family. You’ll get a chance to teach your children the importance of budgeting and have fun with them, too.
1. Make coupon clipping a contest.
Many Sunday papers have two or three coupon circulars within its pages. Give a circular to each of your kids and let them peruse its pages. Set a goal, maybe the goal will be to find three coupons for products you regularly use, and reward the first of your helpers to reach it. A frugal reward might be an extra hour of television or video game time for each week’s winner.
2. Reward special coupon finds.
If one of your kids finds a particularly valuable coupon like a free item, allow your helper to get that item on your next shopping trip. It won’t cost you anything (except the sales tax) and you’ll keep your little coupon hunters enthusiastic.
3. Plan meals around coupons.
Maybe your little one loves those little frozen pizzas. If he finds a coupon for it one week, consider allowing him to plan one evening’s dinner around that coupon. Not only will you get help with your coupon clipping, but you’ll also get helping with your meal planning. For one night you won’t have to wonder what’s for dinner.
4. When grocery shopping, put one of your children in charge of the coupon book.
Make him your partner in grocery savings as you make your way through the grocery store aisles. He’ll love being your special helper and you’ll have less to juggle.
Get Your Kids On Board With Coupon Clipping was reprinted with permission from NotMadeofMoney.com.
Beth’s Note: I involve all my kids in our grocery trips from clipping coupons to shopping and I’m always shocked when they lecture me on coupons and budgeting, but it’s proof that I’m rubbing off on them! Plus, if you make it a game, they love it. One reader mentioned having children collect coupons in-store and whoever gathers the most, gets to hand the coupons to the cashier at the end. I love that idea and so do my kids!