As you know, couponing and saving money does take time. Sometimes that can mean time away from your kids. Here are some tips to help you save time and also spend time with your kids while couponing.
Directly involve your children:
Directly include your kids in your coupon activities.
I taught my 2 year old to cut using Fiskars Pre-School Spring Action Scissors and my printable coupons. We got to do something together, he learned a new skill, and well, I got 1 or 2 coupons cut out! While the little one was learning to cut, my 6 year old was actually cutting out a bunch of coupons with his regular Fiskars Blunt Tip Scissors.
I might not have gotten as many coupons cut, as I would have if I had cut them all myself, but I got to spend some quality time with my kids, my 2 year old worked on a new skill, and my older one had lots of hand-eye coordination practice.
You can also have your kids help you organize your coupons. Help them match duplicate coupons, or make various piles of coupons in different categories. For example: make a snack pile, a beverage pile, a dairy pile, etc. This would also be a great activity for teaching the food groups (or food pyramid as they now call it), or for working on sorting and matching skills. It could be a teaching moment for your child, and you could still be getting something accomplished.
Indirectly involve your children:
Another way to incorporate your kids in your couponing is a bit more indirect.
You can all sit around the table together doing an individual activity. For example, you can work on organizing your coupons, and your child can work on coloring, drawing, practicing their handwriting or doing a puzzle. You are still spending shoulder to shoulder time with your child, but you are getting something accomplished too.
Make use of idle time:
Lots of times, I find myself having idle time while waiting for my children. Whether I am waiting for my little one to get out of speech, or waiting for my older one to get off the bus, there are times when I am just waiting. Sometimes I will just bring my accordian files with me, organize them, and pull out all the expired coupons.
Think about times that you might be waiting around doing nothing, and bring your coupons to clip or organize to make use of that time.
Another time saving idea is to print the coupons as the deals pop up, but put them in a shallow box or file folder near your printer. Then in the evening, while the kids are asleep and you are watching your favorite show, clip and organize those coupons.
If you have an infant, you can read Generous Savings and print your coupons while nursing, rocking or cuddling your cutie pie.
If you are a homeschooler, there are so many things you could teach about food, money, math, etc through cutting, and organizing coupons.
I am already teaching my 6 year old the value of coupons, while teaching him math skills at the same time. For example “If the cereal is $3 and you have $1 coupon, how much will you pay?”
But are they willing?
Most of the time my kids want to help me. If your child finds couponing with mom a drag, you can show him the value of coupons and how it enables you to buy things you wouldn’t be able to otherwise. Maybe reward him by getting him something extra at the grocery store for all his hard work. (Make sure you use a coupon, of course.)
If you are new to couponing or just building your stockpile, it will get easier and less time consuming as time goes on.
Remember to do what is right for you and your family. You don’t have to do every deal or shop at every store. You don’t have to clip every coupon either! You can file them and cut them when you find a deal for them!
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And remember if you get overwhelmed, ask for help or take a break!!! Be encouraged! You are saving your family money!
Remember to read our previous coupon pep talks, to help you on your couponing journey!
Do you have any other ways that you involve your kids in your coupon adventures?