Let’s talk about coupons. I definitely have a love/hate relationship with them…I love to be frugal, so the money I save by using them is great. And I don’t so much dislike the time it takes to look through them and decide which ones I want. I just hate the actual cutting of the coupons.
Lucky for me, I had a very smart mom. And I just remembered a couple of weeks ago what she used to do in our family when we were kids.
We grew up in a small town and didn’t have many coupons in our newspapers, so my aunts who lived in larger cities, and who apparently didn’t use coupons much, would keep theirs and give them to my mom. She’d go through and put a small “x” on each coupon that she wanted clipped, and then give them to me and my siblings to cut. And, she’d give us a penny a piece for each one that we cut out.
In the last couple of weeks, I’ve tried this with Luke (age 5 1/2 if you’re a new reader to this blog). There were 23 coupons to be clipped in the stack I had for him, and he got it done in probably 20 minutes (while also watching a Cardinals game on TV). It’s great practice for cutting on the lines, and he earned a quarter, which he was pleased with, since he’s saving up for a new Wii game (it’s gonna take a while at this rate of pay!). I also like that he’s contributing a bit to the household by helping out, and maybe getting a lesson in being responsible about how he spends money, knowing that we use coupons to make what we need more affordable.
So, that’s what works for me! And now I don’t have to do the part that I find annoying, which really works for me.
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