When I started using coupons and changing our shopping patterns, my kids took notice. I decided to ask my oldest daughter to write about what the experience was like from her eyes. Here’s a kid’s perspective on couponing.
When my mom first started couponing, I remember that she came home with tons of bags and started stacking boxes of cereal in the pantry. At the same time, she was talking on the phone. She was so happy she was floating. Apparently, she saved a bunch of money.
Some time passed and the pantry got fuller and fuller. In a few months, the cereal was touching the ceiling. The freezer that we had was too full so we had to get a bigger one, which went into her closet.
The more she got the more she saved. Every time she would go to the store, she would come home glowing because of how much she saved.
We always have food in the house. Sometimes she lets people shop through the pantry to get what they need for a week. She never tells anyone “no” if they need food because we have plenty. We take lots of food to school when we are having a food drive. My brother takes the Box Tops for his classroom, and won a prize for having the most!
Grocery shopping is interesting, too. My mom has a plan when we go, and the shopping cart has to be set up just right. I know that if we don’t have a coupon, I can’t get it unless it is on clearance. That’s ok, because we get to have treats by using the coupons. Sometimes candy bars are free. Before coupons, candy was never free.
I thought that my mom was going crazy when she started couponing. She would cover the entire kitchen table with coupons she was cutting out, and got really excited even before she went shopping. We could help cut coupons, but only after she had cut them a little bit first. She would stick the really long receipts on the fridge so Daddy could see them when he got home. Now they save money on lots of things because of what using coupons has taught them.
I know I will use coupons when I get older. I know they save my mom and dad a lot of money so they can put me in the school I like to go to. My brother gets to play soccer because of coupons, too. I will save money so I can do the things I like doing.
Have you asked your children what it is like for them to have a family that uses coupons? What are your couponing habits teaching your children?