Posted: March 26, 2013

Don’t you just get annoyed at the store when you shop and the kids are asking for everything?  It’s so hard to coupon that way!  I get completely distracted and my transactions don’t work out the way I wanted even when I write them out.  Before we go I always tell my 8 year old, Brennan, “don’t ask for anything at the store.”  He always promises he won’t, but he asks about every 30 seconds anyway!  I’m not kidding! My older kids weren’t like that so for me it’s a new experience. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has this problem.  I’ve seen readers mention it.

In my post and video of Brennan’s first Couponing Trip, Reader April mentioned we could do more with kids and learning to stretch their money through couponing.  I decided to give it a whirl.  Deidre and I both let our kids help with cutting coupons, but for me I don’t let them actually help in the planning.

This video shows you the difference in NOT LETTING Brennan help at the store to LETTING him help.  It sure made a big difference! We are doing a neighborhood egg hunt and need to buy candy to fill 1000 eggs.  I also noticed it was a great learning experience for him planning (he asked questions) and when we were at the store.  I think this will give him a better understanding of “stretching your money.”

View the $0.49 Twix Candy I did in this video!

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  • Mrst Troublecat

    I just love this. I have a 6 year old that’s been assisting me. He is superb at cutting coupons such a helper in the store especially “eye spying ” coupons on displays. We have evolved to his level with counting. Helps so much with mathematical skills. I even hand him some coupons at the end to hand to cashier and we watch it GPS down. We found this also helps when he buys his own toy. He uses a coupon and price matches. He is confident and loves having cash in his wallet. I can’t wait to see what he will be like when he is 8! Thanks for sharing.

  • ladybug41

    Right on.My 8yr old has helped since he was 6 yrs old.

  • Michelle

    Our 3 kids grew up helping coupon and now stretch their family budgets with couponing, stockup sales, rebates, Ibotta, Swagbucks, ebates, etc. Our 4 and 7 year old grandsons LOVE to help me coupon and are very possessive of “their” items that they purchase. I let them help me match coupons on my list but always give them a few of their own and enough money to cover it so they actually check out too. The 4 year old has been bathing with “HIS” Olay beauty bars that he paid $.25 for a 4 pack! Adding some of their purchases to our family stock up shelves seems to give them a sense of helping with our family expenses. And they know that couponing allows us to spend less on the items we all need so we can afford extras like Incredible Pizza (which we all ate for free using the game on their site!). Kids will grow up to handle money better if we start them off early understanding that it doesn’t pop up out of the ground like the carrots in our garden! :)

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