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    Like most families with children, we aim to save wherever we can find savings opportunities. And, as for most moms, the money-saving goal, like any worthwhile goal, must fit into my multitasking lifestyle. Another important goal for me is to interest my kids in things that are both entertaining and educational. So—currently life is much about how to fit this dual-faceted kid-centric goal with the money saving goal.

    Clearly, around my house even a single goal is required to actually have multiple purposes. Dizzying, but my system amounts to—just keep moving. And to stay conscious of what I enjoy in the life I've chosen, of course.

    So, in a nutshell, on any given day, I'm scouting around for the easiest possible ways to educate and amuse my children, in money-saving ways. I find that ongoing accomplishments of that gives me a lot of personal satisfaction, and amusement too, so there's plenty in it for me.

    On the Child Education and Amusement Goal

    Fortunately, the oldest two of my three young boys (ages 6 and 8) are entertained by colorful things, fast moving interactive activities, and notions of buying things. I can make all those happen.

    For example, I've found that any activity that tests their grasp of basic mathematics or other challenging concepts is an exciting game that rewards them with the happy sensation of getting some right answers and discovering others they didn't know.

    Meanwhile, my one-year-old is frequently captivated by just having a lot of  activity swirling around him. And by touching things. He's busy examining everything.

    And, for all three boys, of course, every new experience is a significant learning opportunity.

    On the Money Saving Goal

    Also fortunately, one easy and abundantly available resource for large savings presents itself in the wealth of coupons free for the clipping from the weekly newspaper, the supermarket doorway, myriad websites, and from product packaging. Valuable opportunities for minimizing expenses are everywhere in maximizing couponing.

    Two Goals, One Multi-Tasking Mom

    With my two goals in place, inevitably, as happens for all reasonably creative moms—ta da! Thinking about a challenge brings a solution to mind—couponing with my kids can accomplish both!

    If you've been couponing, you've probably discovered, as I have, that to increase coupon values, quantities, and usage requires first making it possible actually fit in opportunities to develop and maintain a viable couponing system, while keeping kids entertained by a quality learning experience.

    So, here are some ways for you and your children to enjoy couponing through a variety of activities, sometimes coupled with other activities.

    1. Name the Coupon Colors Games

    Clipping coupons demonstrates skills kids can use throughout their lives. So, starting while your children are young is ideal. Practicing with your small children on naming colors by pointing to this and then that color among the multitudes of colors on the coupons.

    See how many colors you can find together. This is also a great exercise in fine focusing on distinctions of color elements in multicolored images on the small coupons, useful in helping children develop a habit of attention to detail.

    2. Counting Coupons Math Games

    Use the array of coupons from a Sunday newspaper, or color-printed coupons from the internet, to count the total number of coupons. First, maybe start by counting the number from each store. Then, count those of a certain dollar savings value (amount of discount), or mode of use (like mail-in or point-of-purchase), then maybe total all the piles.

    For older children, move on from working on counting skills by pointing to the dollars off amounts, and let them practice subtracting  those amounts from the regular prices. You can help them calculate amounts saved, and even percentages of savings.

    Maybe see how many things you can name together that can be bought with those savings amounts when they're added together.

    3. Computer Skill-Building Games

    These days, there's usually a promotion code or online coupon that you can use at a store's checkout. Spend a few minutes showing your kids this quick and easy way to save a lot of money by just printing off some coupons. You'll discover a vast number of coupons online.

    Simply enter your search criteria into your Yahoo, Bing, Google or other search engine search field, for example, the product name, and/or the word "coupon". Or, enter the store name, if you're looking for your local store coupons.

    This is a great approach to teaching children about the easy availability of money-saving coupons and to helping them understand how using computers has actual monetary value.

    4. Grocery Games

    You can make grocery shopping double as a learning game. Let your children help you make your shopping list. They can clip coupons for items on the grocery list. Older kids can even be shown how to examine competing ads and compare savings on different brands.

    Make it a fun project to let them watch the savings grow. Show them how you're taking some of the amounts you save from each shopping day and saving it toward some exciting family purchase, or daytrip, or even a vacation.

    This is a great way to teach planning, and to demonstrate to your kids that using simple methods to save can grow into significant funds for spending on things they enjoy.

    5. Graduating to Grown-Up Coupon Games

    As your children increase over time in skills and maturity, you can let them advance to becoming more involved in actually using coupons they've helped you collect.

    Maybe let them participate in maintaining your coupon organizer. Show them how to weed out outdated coupons from the folder. Point out dates on the calendar to help them discover the correspondence between the dates on the expired coupons and  the current date.

    This can help them better conceptualize abstract realities like expiration and passage of time. It's also good for developing reading, money management, organization, and planning skills. All essential life lessons, learned the easy way. It's really the motherlode of teaching and entertaining for a multi-tasking mother.

    Windfalls For Everyone

    You may want to let your children feel the very real pay-offs for these kinds of games by letting them be rewarded with an allowance from the total of savings they calculate. This learning strategy can help motivate them to look for ways to increase their money by identifying savings opportunities. And, it can help in your own work to save a great amount of money while you're teaching them.

    The Take-Home Point

    The tools your kids gain early on, of course, will benefit them throughout their lives. Educating children on how to be prudent with spending, be smart about shopping, and actively put money saved into savings is essential for their future financial well-being. And, of course, you can't put a price tag on having fun with your kids. Opportunities to do both at once are a gift, especially for you know who—yep, us, the multi-tasking moms.

    The significant savings observed over a given weekly or monthly budget cycle can also afford the family a sense of shared financial goals and measurable accomplishments, in addition to serving as a great  learning tool for children.

    So, I hope you will try some of these big little ideas for having some educational and money-saving fun with your kids and couponing! And, let me and your fellow readers know how it goes, by sharing your insights from the experience, back here on the site.

    Like most families with children, we aim to save wherever we can find savings opportunities. And, as for most moms, the money-saving goal, like any worthwhile goal, must fit into my multitasking lifestyle. Another important goal for me is to interest my kids in things that are both entertaining and educational. So—currently life is much about how to fit this dual-faceted kid-centric goal with the money saving goal.

    Clearly, around my house even a single goal is required to actually have multiple purposes. Dizzying, but my system amounts to—just keep moving. And to stay conscious of what I enjoy in the life I've chosen, of course.

    So, in a nutshell, on any given day, I'm scouting around for the easiest possible ways to educate and amuse my children, in money-saving ways. I find that ongoing accomplishments of that gives me a lot of personal satisfaction, and amusement too, so there's plenty in it for me.

    On the Child Education and Amusement Goal

    Fortunately, the oldest two of my three young boys (ages 6 and 8) are entertained by colorful things, fast moving interactive activities, and notions of buying things. I can make all those happen.

    For example, I've found that any activity that tests their grasp of basic mathematics or other challenging concepts is an exciting game that rewards them with the happy sensation of getting some right answers and discovering others they didn't know.

    Meanwhile, my one-year-old is frequently captivated by just having a lot of  activity swirling around him. And by touching things. He's busy examining everything.

    And, for all three boys, of course, every new experience is a significant learning opportunity.

    On the Money Saving Goal

    Also fortunately, one easy and abundantly available resource for large savings presents itself in the wealth of coupons free for the clipping from the weekly newspaper, the supermarket doorway, myriad websites, and from product packaging. Valuable opportunities for minimizing expenses are everywhere in maximizing couponing.

    Two Goals, One Multi-Tasking Mom

    With my two goals in place, inevitably, as happens for all reasonably creative moms—ta da! Thinking about a challenge brings a solution to mind—couponing with my kids can accomplish both!

    If you've been couponing, you've probably discovered, as I have, that to increase coupon values, quantities, and usage requires first making it possible actually fit in opportunities to develop and maintain a viable couponing system, while keeping kids entertained by a quality learning experience.

    So, here are some ways for you and your children to enjoy couponing through a variety of activities, sometimes coupled with other activities.

    1. Name the Coupon Colors Games

    Clipping coupons demonstrates skills kids can use throughout their lives. So, starting while your children are young is ideal. Practicing with your small children on naming colors by pointing to this and then that color among the multitudes of colors on the coupons.

    See how many colors you can find together. This is also a great exercise in fine focusing on distinctions of color elements in multicolored images on the small coupons, useful in helping children develop a habit of attention to detail.

    2. Counting Coupons Math Games

    Use the array of coupons from a Sunday newspaper, or color-printed coupons from the internet, to count the total number of coupons. First, maybe start by counting the number from each store. Then, count those of a certain dollar savings value (amount of discount), or mode of use (like mail-in or point-of-purchase), then maybe total all the piles.

    For older children, move on from working on counting skills by pointing to the dollars off amounts, and let them practice subtracting  those amounts from the regular prices. You can help them calculate amounts saved, and even percentages of savings.

    Maybe see how many things you can name together that can be bought with those savings amounts when they're added together.

    3. Computer Skill-Building Games

    These days, there's usually a promotion code or online coupon that you can use at a store's checkout. Spend a few minutes showing your kids this quick and easy way to save a lot of money by just printing off some coupons. You'll discover a vast number of coupons online.

    Simply enter your search criteria into your Yahoo, Bing, Google or other search engine search field, for example, the product name, and/or the word "coupon". Or, enter the store name, if you're looking for your local store coupons.

    This is a great approach to teaching children about the easy availability of money-saving coupons and to helping them understand how using computers has actual monetary value.

    4. Grocery Games

    You can make grocery shopping double as a learning game. Let your children help you make your shopping list. They can clip coupons for items on the grocery list. Older kids can even be shown how to examine competing ads and compare savings on different brands.

    Make it a fun project to let them watch the savings grow. Show them how you're taking some of the amounts you save from each shopping day and saving it toward some exciting family purchase, or daytrip, or even a vacation.

    This is a great way to teach planning, and to demonstrate to your kids that using simple methods to save can grow into significant funds for spending on things they enjoy.

    5. Graduating to Grown-Up Coupon Games

    As your children increase over time in skills and maturity, you can let them advance to becoming more involved in actually using coupons they've helped you collect.

    Maybe let them participate in maintaining your coupon organizer. Show them how to weed out outdated coupons from the folder. Point out dates on the calendar to help them discover the correspondence between the dates on the expired coupons and  the current date.

    This can help them better conceptualize abstract realities like expiration and passage of time. It's also good for developing reading, money management, organization, and planning skills. All essential life lessons, learned the easy way. It's really the motherlode of teaching and entertaining for a multi-tasking mother.

    Windfalls For Everyone

    You may want to let your children feel the very real pay-offs for these kinds of games by letting them be rewarded with an allowance from the total of savings they calculate. This learning strategy can help motivate them to look for ways to increase their money by identifying savings opportunities. And, it can help in your own work to save a great amount of money while you're teaching them.

    The Take-Home Point

    The tools your kids gain early on, of course, will benefit them throughout their lives. Educating children on how to be prudent with spending, be smart about shopping, and actively put money saved into savings is essential for their future financial well-being. And, of course, you can't put a price tag on having fun with your kids. Opportunities to do both at once are a gift, especially for you know who—yep, us, the multi-tasking moms.

    The significant savings observed over a given weekly or monthly budget cycle can also afford the family a sense of shared financial goals and measurable accomplishments, in addition to serving as a great  learning tool for children.

    So, I hope you will try some of these big little ideas for having some educational and money-saving fun with your kids and couponing! And, let me and your fellow readers know how it goes, by sharing your insights from the experience, back here on the site.

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