We think all of us went through the ins and outs of a grocery store and all the surprises that you might face in the shopping process. With the time passing and new responsibilities we get while starting a family and having children, we train ourselves to be financial efficient and save when needed. Once we start families and have children for our own, things change. First of all, we will take our beloved ones with us when leaving for shopping. Second of all, they will tell you what to buy and because You are a loving parent – You will do it.
It is not that we don’t need to buy whatever they want or that we don’t want to spoil them. The thing is that we have to teach our children to take responsibility for their decisions and to show them how to think objectively.
And then, shopping can be both fun and educational.
How can we do that? Simple.
We come with a set of 5 steps which YOU as a parent should follow, and that would be only if You want your children to realize the importance of how to manage shopping.
1. Planning. Long before going to the store, ask your children to help you making a grocery list. Don’t just ask them to write whatever you want, involve them in coming up with a list based on your house needs. This way, they feel the trust you put in them and will perform at their best. Ask questions, let them think and analyze the upcoming dishes they would like to have and the groceries you need to buy. Your children will have to take an inventory of what’s in the fridge and cabinets, this way they will know the location of every small thing in the house. Trusting them empowers more than you think.
2. The money. Money management at the grocery store is pretty interesting especially with your children. Analyze the price stickers of each item you want to buy and compare it to similar products. Educate your children to choose the quality products instead of cheap and rubbish stuff. Your beloved ones, need to know how to manage the credit cards and even to be able to make the difference between a debit and credit card. Let them pay for what you have bought, and to understand that those funds are leaving the family’s pocket, not the parent’s one.
3. The Goods. How the goods are packed, also contains lots of important information your children should understand when they shop. Being able to locate size or volume details, and develop a basic understanding of nutrition labels will make the task of making the right pasta or choosing the most nutritious energy bars easier. Let them know that they can always ask for help from store associates and that they should read carefully before buying something for the first time.
4. The departments. Most stores are being arranged chaotically, and we lose a lot of time. As money are, time is a valuable resource and your children should know how to manage it wisely. Teach them the product departments and the efficacy of buying things consecutively and not running all around the store. Start asking your children to identify the location of different items, and point out any store signs that can help. Of course let them know about some tricks, too. You know that the freshest milk and other dairy products are most likely in the back of the case, but he/she doesn’t. You don’t have to explain the retail marketing, but teach your children to be choosy and observant when they shop.
4. The Involvement. Let your children help you cook, clean and do other stuff that might spread awareness about the things they helped to buy. Let them understand the importance of quality and price for value of the things they chose. Only by implication and care for what we do, we become aware of greater stuff around us.
We hope these 5 steps were useful and related to the ways you shop and involve your children in managing your family’s funds.