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Day 12 Frugal Living Challenge: Frugal Children

March 1, 2012

“The families that follow the principles of frugal living realize the benefits of the lifestyle — it saves money, it’s often the better choice for the environment, and it allows us to focus on people rather than things.”  -Andrea, Frugally Sustainable

That is the truth!

it doesn't have to be expensive to be entertaining

We don’t watch TV a great deal, but when we do and I see the ads that push not just what they are selling on my kid, but the idea that she might not be valued socially without it makes me want to turn off the TV and puke. It is hard to explain the intricacies of society, marketing and ethics to a five year old. But we have managed to help her understand that just because someone – anyone- tells her she ‘needs to have’ something, doesn’t mean she actually needs it. That is for her alone (with mommy and daddy’s help now, of course) to decide. We love technology- I don’t want there to be any misunderstanding about that- and we will purchase new tech items ONLY if it eliminates the need for multiple other objects and makes us more efficient. For example, I held out on an iPhone for a loooong time just to be sure that it was really something I needed, not because everyone around me had one.

On the Frugally Sustainable Day 12 post Andrea gives us a few pointers to remember while teaching our children about living frugally. She gives examples and discusses each point a little more in depth to give you a better idea on how to keep focused.

  1. Lead by example
  2. Teach your children money management
  3. Turn off the TV, computer and radio
  4. Set limits on gadgets and electronic game usage
  5. Have fun together!
  6. Spend time with like-minded others

Daily Goal: Raising frugal children can be a counter-cultural experience, but the rewards are great! List out and share with us the benefits that you’ve seen evidenced in your children. What are your tips for raising children to value frugality?

Me: Our little one knows already to try to reuse something if possible- she sees it as a creative challenge. If it can’t be reused, she heads to the recycle bins. YAY!!

She always ( I mean ALWAYS) asks me if we ‘have a coupon for that?’. That’s a pretty good thing, except it can get a little weird at awkward moments.

Munchkin has a piggy bank- and puts all her money in it. She knows that saving a little at a time will earn her big rewards in the end.

2 Comments leave one →
  1. March 1, 2012 9:02 pm

    You’re doing a wonderful job. Your child proves it.

    • Holly permalink*
      March 1, 2012 9:09 pm

      Thank you! That is very true- if you have any question about parents, all you have to do is look at the child. (In most cases- I can think of a few exceptions 🙂 )

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