“I know how I can make some extra money” read the caption on the outside of the card featuring a woman from the 1950’s with a big smile. When you opened the card it read: “I’ll sell one of the kids!” My son, Daniel, gave me that card years ago, knowing how perfect it was for his mama!

Well, I learned how to save money using my kids, but in a slightly different way (rather than putting them up for sale on e-bay.) When he was younger, our son, Jonathan, wanted to earn money for a new electric guitar. I realized that I could turn over my “coupon job” to him and let him “earn” money by maintaining my coupon box.

Jonathan - Graduation - FamilyJonathan - Graduation - FamilySo Jonathan began cutting, organizing and filing my coupons. The agreement was that he got the money I saved at the store from the manufacturer’s coupons (including double coupons when I shopped at that kind of store), and I kept the savings from the store sales and store coupons. The first week, the total before savings was $189, the amount I paid was only $81 ($44 sale savings, $23 store coupons,and $41 in manufacturer’s coupons). Jonathan bagged the $41 in cash and it was a win/win for both of us.

If you want to make money off your kids, you’d better watch it, especially if you have a really smart child! The next week, we ran to the grocery store to pick up a pharmacy prescription. Jonathan picked up a store coupon featuring sodas “four 24 packs for $7.99” with store coupon. He handed me the coupon and asked, “I know you don’t usually buy us sodas because you don’t think they’re healthy. But do you think you could make an exception this week-especially since we have this coupon? Pleeeeze?” He batted his big brown eyes and gave me a sweet smile.

I bought the sodas, saving $10 with the store coupon.

When we took the stash to the car, Jonathan unloaded the drinks into the trunk, got into the car and turned to me, “Hey mom, do I get my $10 now?” I was incredulous, “What, Jonathan?” He grinned sheepishly, “You know… I gave you the coupon and you saved $10?” I smiled back at him, “Son, do you honestly think that I’m going to PAY you $10 for the privilege of BUYING you some soda? Besides, I used a store coupon, not a manufacturer coupon. ” He was busted, “Well, it was worth a try.”

This is just one way we can help our kids earn money while they help us out around the house. What are some ways YOU help your kids earn money?

For more help with saving on groceries, remember to check your local store listings and apps for the best prices! Also be sure to check out http://couponmom.com/ for a great coupon resource. Happy shopping!

Ellie Kay
“America’s Family Financial Expert” (R)


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