|Let's pretend this is an adorable picture of the kids clustered around|
a shopping cart. Oh, how cute!
Like I said before, I don't have the time or patience for extreme couponing (patience has NEVER been one of my virtues) but here are some things that help me get out of the store without spending a fortune.
3. Make a List -- BEFORE I leave to go to the store, I make a list of everything we need. I decide what meals we will eat for the week and jot down the needed items for those recipes. I try to plan my meals around the deals from the ads so if tortillas are on sale, we'll have tacos or if spaghetti sauce is on sale you can bet on Italian night at the DeMoux house. I also make note of the cost of each item rounding up to the nearest dollar ($2.58 = $3). Then I add up my costs to be sure I am in budget. Don't forget to put everyday items like catsup, juice mix, bread or cereal on your list. Trim down your list by cutting non essentials like ice-cream or crackers if things don't add up.
Finally, we have a deal that IF the kids are good, they get a treat. Our last stop is the pastry aisle where we buy a cheap box of donuts or other treat that the kids can share IF they have been good. I make no excuses for not doling out sweets if they have misbehaved, but I do hang it over their heads while we're shopping ("Wow, that's not the kind of behavior that will earn a treat"). Maybe the best part is that I give the kids a budget for their treat and then let them choose what they want. They have to weigh their options and costs and come to a consensus. It is great practice for their own future budgeting.
|Look at all those happy (well seven out of eight's not bad) and well fed people.|