5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Use Coupons

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Use Coupons

5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Use Coupons

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by MoneySavingQueen.com

MoneySavingQueen

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 4:01 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 8 at 4:01 AM

 

I began teaching others to coupon when I was only 26 years old, at that time, it was pretty difficult to find other couponers my age. Even my friends thought I was crazy. However, coupons were not so crazy to me. This is because I grew up with coupons, flea markets, garage sales and a whole host of other frugal-like things. I was used to it so it was not a big step outside of my zone to start teaching it.

My kids are the same way. They have grown up surrounded by coupons and (as you can see above) they firmly believe garage sales are the next best thing to Toys 'R' Us. They know if they want something then they'd better find a coupon for it.

Realizing my children are young (ages 3 & 6), I have to teach in stages, but I wanted to throw this out there to help some of you get your children involved in couponing.

{5 Ways to Teach Your Kids to Save Money with Coupons}

1. Menu Planning: Planning your weekly menu around sales, your coupons and stockpile is KEY to saving money. Have your children check out your stockpile and look over the matchups and coupons with you. Plan your menu according to the savings and let them help make the choices too. (If you want to make it easy, check out our Menu Plan page).

2. Cut and Sort: If they can hold a pair of scissors then they can cut coupons. Teach your children how to look for the coupons you really will use then let them cut and sort them. If they're too young to cut, just give them the sorting job of matching all the coupons together in one pile before you put them in your binder.

3. Organize: Give your children their own coupon binder or purse size organizer. Both of my boys have their own organizers...or did. As it turns out, they can use them for weapons so they have been confiscated for the time being. If you have older children, let them make their own then they can use their binder when you shop! It's an extra pair of deal-finding eyes!

 4. The Banker: Let your child hold the grocery money and pay at the checkout. If you've planned well, you could give your child just enough that he/she will have a little extra leftover and that could be their tip. For my oldest, we're still learning basic concepts so it's a little different. We 'play' grocery store all the time in our play kitchen. He brings his money and coupons and shops the store then he has to figure out how much the groceries will cost, if he has enough money and what the coupons will save him.

5. Purposeful Savings: When your children save money at the store, let them take that money and set it aside for something specific. Maybe it's a vacation or maybe it's a new movie or video game. Either way, children understand concrete things and it makes it much easier to save for a specific item rather than to generally tell them you're 'saving money.'

These are just a few ideas for helping your kids learn the basics of couponing. How do you teach the concept of saving money in your house?

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