My daughter and I had an exhausting but fun time together shopping at a few stores yesterday. I hope that my using numerous coupons, looking for clearance and sales, price matching (at Wal-Mart) as well as waiting on certain items until we see that they are a good price, helped her to learn the skill of managing your money.
I know I have saved so much money over the decades by using these methods as well as shopping at thrift stores/yard sales/church consignment sales, going to super double coupon events, stockpiling, etc. and seeing me do those things have to make an impression on her and my son. My daughter seems to be paying more attention to it as she didn't want to buy something at the craft store without my coupon although her grandmother had given her a little bit of Christmas money, LOL.
My husband loved the robe I got for my son for Christmas (something he has asked for) yesterday at JC Penney, in fact, he wanted to take it for himself, LOL. I am so glad I had a coupon and that it was on sale because the original price was $75!!! Who in the world would pay that for a robe??????
I think my husband is FINALLY seeing that it is the little things that add up because he mentioned that he wants to buy an essential item now and save $5 vs. waiting when he has to pay $5 more (our tax download program), LOL.
I show him all the time the money I save on items and I think he gets tired of hearing all the deals I got (so I have to brag on here instead, LOL) but he does appreciate that I stretch our money. I'm stoked about saving $7 on my Christmas ham yesterday (price matching and a coupon) because $5 here, $7 there, etc. adds up to eventually hundreds of dollars over time.
I also had an understanding yesterday of why some people wait until almost Christmas to shop for their presents, although I couldn't do that without being in full panic mode. Some exercise pants I love to wear were marked down to $8 before 1:00 p.m. at JC Penney's as opposed to being probably a good $7-$8 higher in price on sale a few weeks ago. JC Penney also sent me 4 coupons to use (all with different codes) that were $10 off $25 so those marked down items got even cheaper with my coupons.
I think next year I will wait until the week or so before Christmas (or at least the weekend before) for certain items because I've noticed that great sales, coupons, etc. are prevalent around this time. I'm still happy that I got the things I did before this weekend, because I bought them all on sale and got great prices, but I will keep in mind to save a few items for closer to Christmas.
Of course you have to deal with the bigger crowds, parking woes, crazy drivers (I can't tell you how many times people weren't looking while driving and almost hit us), etc. I wasn't panicking though because I already had the majority of our Christmas items, but it was great to find additional things that I was looking for but was waiting on for a better deal.