Extreme Couponing Tip: Shopping with Kids

Many of us are parents and don’t have the luxury of always shopping kid-free. Here are some tips to make things go smoother!

  • Kids always asking for treats down every aisle? Before you walk into the store, let them know if they will be able to pick out one treat (that has a coupon!) or go without, but they can help pick out flavors and colors. Let them decide between apple kiwi or blueberry pomegranate juice, the color of a toothbrush, yogurt flavor, pasta shape, etc.
  • Shop after a meal or pack snacks from home if your kids usually complain about hunger while shopping.
  • Play peek-a-boo or small games with babies & toddlers. Also bringing along a few comfort items from home can help if they get nervous in public.
    • Give one toy/ stuffed animal at a time. When the child gets bored, switch it out for the next.
  • Assign older children special jobs: getting a gallon of milk from the next aisle, reading you the shopping list, holding applicable coupons, or picking out good produce (teach them what to look for and what to avoid– bruises, spots, etc).
    • Praise children when they do their job correctly
  • Play “I spy”— find a purple box, a red fruit, or the cheapest price of a set of products.
  • Smile and have fun with the kids. Reinforce that shopping is a positive experience.
  • Every child, no matter how good tempered and angelic, will have tantrums or meltdowns from time to time. Instead of threats, long lectures or spanking, try empathizing. It may be that the child is hungry, tired, or just wants some attention.
    • Don’t reward tantrums or give in to demands. If you do once, this will become a standard for the future.
  • Make sure to thank children for a job well done when you’re finished!

So what works for you? Feel free to share any tips of the trade! 🙂