Start Them Young/Black Friday Sale
New Daughter sent me this picture via email and I chuckled. She knows my frugal multi-generational heart will appreciate this scene. Bliss Boy, my eighteen month old grandson, is "reading" the coupon circular while driving with his mother to go grocery shopping. It sure does pay to start them thinking frugal when young!
My thoughts return to the evening before when Youngest Son and I were shopping. Due to my busy schedule and his immediate need for some athletic pants, a decision had been made to forgo thrift shopping and stop in at an store that specializes in selling athletic clothing. I realized when Youngest Son came up to me in the store with an expression of sticker shock on his face that I am guilty of "sheltering" him from the cost of buying clothing at retail.
Raised with a wardrobe gleaned from hand-me-down bags and thrift shops, Youngest Son has rarely had "new" clothing. I do hasten to add that I think he has always appeared well dressed. As our children matured and had opportunity to make some personal income, Husband and I had them take on the responsibility of purchasing most of their wardrobes.
Youngest Son has been paying for his clothing for several years, but I have been his thrift shopper and if I say so myself, have stretched his small clothing budget well. These days, though, as he is long and lean, finding his size for all needed items has been challenging. Unfortunately, this mother only has so many hours to donate to his clothes needing cause. So here we were at the store and the reality of shopping full price had hit hard.
So what did this frugal mother do? She encouraged him to buy the pants! He needed them for a football game soon to be played. The pants were a nice quality and if they survived the game, would last for a long time. I reminded him that a splurge once in a while is okay especially when he is so careful to use his funds wisely. And I thought it was time to retire his other athletic pants, now more duct tape than material.
He followed my advice and made the purchase. The pants fit well and look great and all is well. Now, I tell him he has made a contribution to the economy. (He does not always appreciate my humor.)
Truly, I am grateful for the frugal leanings of my children. This legacy Husband and I are passing down has taught them to be wise in all expenditures. Parents always want what is best for their children, and helping them to develop frugal attitudes is security for the future!
Also, for any readers looking for some Black Friday sales, Vision Forum, of which I am an affiliate, is having a great one! The Men of Grit Series, one of Vision Forum best sellers, is being sold for only $12.60! This would be the perfect gift for any boy or girl who enjoys reading about adventure! And may I also recommend this new book just published by Vision Forum, Pilipinto's Happiness, authored by Valerie Shephard, daughter of Elisabeth Elliot. At 45% off and only $11.00, this book would make a special read aloud for children of all ages. And again I bring to you for your consideration this precious series: The Little Years Picture Books, written and illustrated by Gary and Jan Bower. I think of these books as an investment in the future of my grandbabies and highly recommend them to you as well!
How do you start teaching frugal living to your children?