Published on May 22, 2012 inParenting on LandOMoms.com
I don’t know about you, but my kids can drive me absolutely bonkers at the grocery store. Maybe you’ve got more patience than I do. No matter how prepared I am for my grocery trip If I don’t have a plan to keep them occupied we are all going to end up frustrated. I have found this to especially be true for since I started couponing as it tends to require a tad bit more focus.
I have to give my kids credit, they are really good, they usually listen really well and don’t pitch huge fits. In all reality, it’s just hard to keep them occupied while I am trying to concentrate to make sure I’ve picked the correct item off the shelf, have the matching coupon, etc. Since, I usually save at least 50% off my grocery bill, dropping couponing really isn’t an option.
So…..what’s a girl to do? Depending how old your kids are, there are so many ways to incorporate great learning opportunities. I’ve included my top 5 tips for couponing with kids below. You can also catch my latest TV segment aboout Couponing with Kids on WDEF news 12, here.
Two of these cuties are mine. Morgan is pushing, and Caleb is in the blue shirt. Our friend Christian is riding along. (his mommy is our photographer) Photo Credit: Cortney Wheeler Photography
5 Tips: Couponing with Kids
Cut out pictures of items you are purchasing from the weekly circular. Grab glue and paper and let your little one make their own grocery list. Once you are in the store have them keep their eyes open for those items.
Teach your kids how to cut out coupons and pull expired coupons. Then, stuff all of the expired coupons in an envelope to send to our troops who can use them 6 months after they expire. (**more information below) This is a great opportunity to talk about the importance of honoring those who fight for our freedom.
Depending on your child’s age practice math skills. For example, can you count how many boxes of spaghetti noodles…..1,2,3! Older children can add up the cost of items to keep a running total or figure out the final cost of an item after coupons.
Pay older kids a commission to keep your coupons organized and ready for a shopping trip. Pay them a percentage of how much you saved.
Pick a donation item together each time you go to the grocery store. Become purposeful givers.
NOTE: Please don’t drop off coupons expired PAST the 6 month limit, or the military base personnel will be forced to sort through huge boxes of unsorted coupons to find usable ones. Please send coupons that are just recently expired, and if you have time – tuck them into envelopes sorted by categories (i.e. Food, Baby, Household Cleaners, Toiletries, Pets….)