Friday, April 9, 2010

Family: fun and economics

Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Fun for the Family!

If you've ever been shopping with small kids, you will find that's the wrong time for explaining economics to kids. When they want something at the store, it is either a question of you buy it for them or you don't. However, if you are a mom who wants to be more frugal, you plan your kids' activities not only so they're fun, but they teach your kids to be frugal too!

Explore DIY Creativity

One of the best ways to get kids interested in becoming more productive and saving what they earn, is to have them create things that they normally just buy. For instance, play dough costs them more money and is less fun than buying the ingredients and making it yourself. There are many crafts that are easy to do with free materials from pinecones to beans, and they will help your kids to express their creativity while learning how to save a buck too!

How Skills Make You Self-Sufficient

Any game you choose to play can also be a way to learn skills that make your kids self-sufficient. Maybe you can make gardening a fun time for your kids, and at the same time they're learning how to feed themselves. Cooking in the kitchen is always a crowd-pleaser and is a great way for kids to learn how to spend less at the grocery store on processed or convenience foods. Teach skills that are frugal and money smart.

1 comment:

Joy said...

Great ideas! I love when we are able to make things we need or want rather than buy! I would not to not have to be such a consumer!!!!