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A Coupon Legacy: Lessons My Children Learn From Coupons


I remember thinking about all the things that I would teach my children even before they were born. I envisioned teaching them to smile, walk, talk, use the potty, ride a bike, and drive a car… The list could go on forever. I think this is the most powerful thing about being a parent–especially a mom. We, as moms, have the opportunity to enrich our children’s lives and leave our legacy through them. Our ways become their ways, our beliefs and values become theirs too. The model that we provide them sets the foundation for the path that they will eventually take.

Never in my life did I think that part of what I would teach my children would be the result of my love for coupons! To me, couponing is so much more than cutting out those little pieces of paper each week. It was my children that taught me that couponing had become a part of who I was; who we were! I have modeled how to grocery shop, how coupons save us money, how to build a stockpile, and how to efficiently clip hundreds of coupons each week. But somewhere along the way, I realized that my love for the art of couponing has taught my children so much more. My little “hobby” has helped to mold my children into who they are today.

Just a few of my “coupon” lessons…

  • You have to learn to be flexible – Even though Minute Maid Pulp Free Orange Juice is your absolute favorite, it may not be on sale and Apple Juice was!
  • Sharing the wealth is always a must – Never wipe a shelf clean of an item even if it is a KILLER deal! You never know who else may be after the same item!
  • The gift of giving comes in all shapes and sizes – When you stumble upon a great find that you may not necessarily need, buying it and leaving a “care package” for your neighbor can be so rewarding!
  • Organization not only keeps us sane, it saves us time and money – Keeping your coupons organized, your shopping trips planned and detailed, and your budget intact will always keep you on your game!
  • Hard work ALWAYS pays off – Though clipping coupons takes time, visiting multiple stores can be exhausting, and sacrificing your favorite juice is frustrating, the trip to Disney World with the money we saved is worth it all in the end!

My love for couponing will forever be engrained in my children. I realize that I have done so much more for them than teach them how to save money. I have taught them values that will stick with them for their lifetime! I can’t say that they are always thankful for my little “lessons”–the long trips to the grocery store, the many transactions at the register, or the loads of bags they carry into the house each week–but I hope that one day they will thank me!

This has been a guest post by Stacy from Grand Junction, CO
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21 thoughts on “A Coupon Legacy: Lessons My Children Learn From Coupons”

  1. Anonymous says:

    all great lessons and comments!
    my 8 year old daughter loves to tell her dad when we get home-”guess how much we saved??”
    we are able to donate a lot more to our church. and we share with all our family.
    she really sees how saving money in one area can get you a treat another time. ;)

  2. Anonymous says:

    all great lessons and comments!
    my 8 year old daughter loves to tell her dad when we get home-”guess how much we saved??”
    we are able to donate a lot more to our church. and we share with all our family.
    she really sees how saving money in one area can get you a treat another time. ;)

  3. Anonymous says:

    im a sixteen year old and i do most of the couponing for my family(its a nice way to help them out) so i really like this article.couponing has taught me so much and it feels great when i get a good deal or an overage that i can give to my family :)

  4. I think the thing I like best is that my son is learning that he doesn’t have to be a “victim” of the high cost of grocery’s. There are ways of making life affordable if you think outside the “norm”. I also like that he is learning that age old lesson of the ant and the grasshopper. He won’t be a starving grasshopper when he’s grown, he will have a stockpile to fall back on if winter comes early. In this economy, jobs are not a guarantee and always being prepared can make the difference between winning and loosing at the game of life.

  5. My 5 year old loves to coupon she knows that if there is an overage i usually let her get somthin xtra special!! today we went to walmart and she didnt see my binder and got all upset she was like i thought we were couponing lol!! i had a small trip so i put then in an envelope in my purse!!! and she did pick a movie out of the 5 dollar bin that was free for us lol!!!

  6. My mom always used coupons when I was growing up so I didn’t even hesitate to follow her lead when I moved out!!

  7. Angela White says:

    “See all these trees? They’re gonna become coupons! Yay!”

  8. I have 5 children, I absolutely love the excitement when they realize what they can do with being thrifty. My 15 yr. old son has always gotten it, He actually dumpster dives for me:) And he shares with another boy in the neighborhood when he does find coupons. (learning to give) My 17 yr. old has been annoyed with it the past year or so, but about a week ago I got to see the light bulb go off. When she had to tag along for the Revlon deal at Walgreens. She was like “Mom, did we just get this make-up for free?” I said Yep and she was on the phone bragging to her friends that her mom just scored her free make-up. My 7 yr. old knows we don’t buy anything unless it is a bargain. He recognizes the clearance tags at Target! And even my 3 yr old bless her heart is learning a life skill that will help her forever. I tell her I brought her things from the grocery store even if it is just milk. It makes her happy:) I brought home pizza stuffers a few nights ago and told her, “look mama brought you pizza stuffers!” She Squealed with excitement, “were they free with a coupon?!?!” I feel confident in the fact that my children absolutely know the value of a dollar.

  9. Amy says:

    “…and how to efficiently clip hundreds of coupons each week.”

    I’d like some tips on this. Being a mom to an almost one year old, in my third trimester, a wife, a homemaker, and a part-time employee I have no time. Thanks.

    • Melissa Oney says:

      After two months of clipping every coupon from multiple papers every Sunday, then sadly watching many of them expire, unused (I did send them to the overseas military program), I decided that this wasn’t an efficient use of my time. Now I file them in folders labeled SS, RP, PG and the date. KCL uses this system when telling us what coupons to match with sales, etc, so it’s very easy to go right to my file and pull just those coupons. It eliminates the endless cutting!

  10. Anonymous says:

    My 2 year old grandson enjoys watching his mother and myself clipping and shopping. He says he love coupon’s and Wal-Mart, lol. He has learned that if there is something he wants and you tell you don’t have a coupon that he can wait until you have one. No crying or screaming that he doesn’t get it.

  11. Kimberly Shirey says:

    This is soo totally, 100% true!!!
    I have always used coupons, but not until recently did I start using them the KCL way… LOL! I have a daughter who is 10 now, but when she was little she would ask if I had a coupon for something, if I said no, then it was “is it on sale?” If it was a no again she would not ask for the item. I have recently started letting her do the shopping, I would give her the list, coupons, and how much money I had to spend. We would go thru the store and she would write everything down and just before we go the checkout, add everything up and then make decisions on what got put back. I had a few women come up to me and say good job!!

  12. Jane says:

    Wow, that was great! I completely agree :)

    For me it’s a trip to Japan. I’m saving up money so my dream of going to Japan will come true :)

  13. Anonymous says:

    Oh goodness, am so touched. Love the blog and lessons attached. God help us all and more the mothers. Amen. It aint easy at all but by God’s Grace I/we believe to make or be a great mom.

  14. Deidra says:

    I ALWAYS look in peoples basket to see if I have a coupon for something they have. If this is the case, I will give them a coupon even if it is my last one. This makes them not so aggravated if they get stuck behind me. I will teach my children one day that using coupons for other people earns good karma!

  15. Deidra says:

    I ALWAYS look in peoples basket to see if I have a coupon for something they have. If this is the case, I will give them a coupon even if it is my last one. This makes them not so aggravated if they get stuck behind me. I will teach my children one day that using coupons for other people earns good karma!

  16. Thank you for posting this topic. I just started this a few month back and we can see the change in the kids. Well, first thank you to your blog and site. I followed your blog to get started. Anyway, my little girl with me went to Walmart yesterday. She is turning 3 soon so we went to look for her birthday gift. She loves Dora but she said “no coupon” and settle for a little pony instead. I felt kinda good and bad. My son who is 8 get motivated to collect box top for his school when I gave him a catalina for 100 box top I got from the groceries store. If he see anything he want, he ask how much and if i have a coupon for it. We saved a lot of money and my kids learn the value of money better. No full price any more in my house. :)

  17. Thank you for posting this topic. I just started this a few month back and we can see the change in the kids. Well, first thank you to your blog and site. I followed your blog to get started. Anyway, my little girl with me went to Walmart yesterday. She is turning 3 soon so we went to look for her birthday gift. She loves Dora but she said “no coupon” and settle for a little pony instead. I felt kinda good and bad. My son who is 8 get motivated to collect box top for his school when I gave him a catalina for 100 box top I got from the groceries store. If he see anything he want, he ask how much and if i have a coupon for it. We saved a lot of money and my kids learn the value of money better. No full price any more in my house. :)

  18. Thank you for posting this topic. I just started this a few month back and we can see the change in the kids. Well, first thank you to your blog and site. I followed your blog to get started. Anyway, my little girl with me went to Walmart yesterday. She is turning 3 soon so we went to look for her birthday gift. She loves Dora but she said “no coupon” and settle for a little pony instead. I felt kinda good and bad. My son who is 8 get motivated to collect box top for his school when I gave him a catalina for 100 box top I got from the groceries store. If he see anything he want, he ask how much and if i have a coupon for it. We saved a lot of money and my kids learn the value of money better. No full price any more in my house. :)

  19. Erin Brass says:

    I agree with this 100%. My daughter just turned 2 and she is a very good girl at the stores and dosent quite understand yet what mommy is doing. However every week when Im sorting and cutting out my inserts she says “pons mom pons”. So I know that she is getting something and hopefully she learns that even though the trips are long and sometimes we dont always get what we want, we save money and live a comfortable life because of our coupons and stockpile!