It is after Valentine’s Day and all the lovers bought their candies, flowers, teddy bears and special gifts for their significant someone. It was a great time of giving. Now that all the festive giving of love has passed the stores are filled with overstock of supplies. It is the perfect time to teach your child to find sale items and shop for deals.
It is the perfect time to take you child to the store to buy some candy. Most of the stores will be selling candy for fifty percent off the regular price. Other specials may include buy two for the price of one. It would be a great activity to take your child to various grocery stores and discount stores to shop.
We know that every dollar counts. Besides, why would someone pay twice the amount an item is worth or more? Yet, people do that. It is part of the habit of least resistance. A birthday or holiday is coming up and we need a gift soon, so we buy what is available and do not think about waiting to get something at a lesser price. This is called impulse shopping. We all do it from time to time. However, have you thought for a moment that your child is watching your every move, making a mental note on your behavior and calling it good? Yes, they do. What a perfect time to teach your child about finding a bargain after a holiday!
How do you do this? Well, Step one: Tell your child that the both of you will go to a store and look for Valentine Candy sales. Step two: Ask your child to make a list of his/her favorite candy. Make sure you make your list also. Step three: make a list of stores that is convenient for you to go to and also your normal grocery store. Step four: Go to the stores and compare the prices. Step five: make a mental note on what you think is a good deal and ask your child where you both should purchase it or if you would rather not purchase anything.
Taking the time to make a list together teaches your child to organize their thoughts and that their input is import in the family shopping process. This simple process of thinking, waiting and making an intelligent purchase choice is crucial with teaching your child to save their money. In addition it teaches your child that they have power and control over their finances as opposed to their emotions and products they are purchasing. Take the time to teach your child to shop for sales and deals after holidays. You may even take it to another step and take them shopping before the holiday, during the holiday and after the holiday. You will agree that this is a lifelong lesson which will involve their decision in buying a home, a car, insurance, food, etc. Teach your child to shop for sales and deals. They will thank you for it and it will save you lots of money.