Although couponing is mostly revered as a way to save money, it can become a worthwhile hobby for the whole family as well. The entire family can get involved from the youngest child to the oldest adult. Finding the coupons in different newspapers and other publications is like a treasure hunt for children. But there are other reasons to involve the family as well.
Knowing what a coupon is, even if the child can’t read yet, is a way to teach them what to look for. Even if the coupon is not what you were looking for, they will be able to point it out. Most coupons have a bar code on them in order the store to scan them into the register to let take advantage of the savings. A lot of them also are bordered by a dashed line for easy identification. Once those coupons are pointed out, you can teach that young child how to clip the coupon on those dashed lines with a pair of safety scissors, building their dexterity.
Next, have the older children sort them into categories. The child reads the coupon, decides which category it belongs in and makes a stack for each category. Mom or Dad can go through them later to decide if the coupon can be used or not. There are times that the coupon offered does not provide a savings, so it is important to note how much of the product you have to purchase in order to use the coupon.
When the children are done sorting the clipped coupons, you can place them in a folder or envelopes that are labeled by their category. That way, when you write your grocery list, you can refer to them to build a list of products you want to buy according to the savings you can get with you coupon file.