Raising frugal kids isn’t something I ever thought about. Honestly, I grew up very poor. When I say poor, I mean sometimes we didn’t know what dinner was going to be. I can remember going to the food pantry.
We had to be frugal by necessity, so when my kids were born it was something my husband and I had to talk about.
I want my kids to know the value of a dollar. I want to raise frugal kids, and while my kids don’t have to worry about where dinner’s coming from they need to know money doesn’t grow on trees. These are the few things we are doing to raise frugal kids.
Ways to raise frugal kids
Gardening is a great way to not only raise a frugal child but also teach them where their food comes from. A great resource for teaching your child to grow a garden is Littlesproutslearning. co. It’s a site ran by a lady named Christina and she has a lot of posts about how to start a garden, posts on when to harvest your veggies, and what the easiest plants for children to grow are.
Use this time to talk to your kids about the cost of buying their fruits and veggies at the store versus growing them. It won’t just help teach them about gardening, but will also help get kids to eat healthy by making them excited to eat what they grow.
Limit or cut the TV
Commercials on kids channels usually aren’t targeted at the parents. Advertisers
target your kids knowing they will want what they see. There’s a reason big toy makers advertise their products on those channels. It’s a marketing gimmick. By limiting or eliminating a child’s screen time you take those advertisements away. Your child won’t want the biggest and newest toy if it’s not in front of their face every day.
We limit electronics. Our kids do have access to their tablets for things like their ABC mouse app and video chatting with family, but we try to limit it as much as possible. We want them to enjoy a simple lifestyle which means finding things to do within a simple home.
Not to mention the pressure to have the next greatest electronic. Yearly companies come out with new devices. We eliminate the thought that they have to have it to be the cool kids on the block. We want our
kids to ride their bikes and explore not sit on the couch.
No, give me’s
We do NOT ever give into the give me’s. Our children get special gifts on their birthdays, Christmas, and Easter. If they want something outside of those times, they have to save their money and work for it.
Of course, we provide the basics like clothes and food, but other than that they need to save for what they want. This doesn’t mean we never give our kids extras. They get their gifts on special occasions from us, and at times we buy things like these Raptor copters for us to play as a family.
Don’t be afraid to say no to your kids.
Practice what we preach
We show our kids that now only do they need to save for things they want, but we make it a point to show them that we also save for things we want. Now, of course, we have our “extra money” we could spend but sometimes as a parent you need to make a point.
I’ve been saving for a new laptop. Now I could save for it in the bank, but I want my kids to see it
. I have my own piggy bank that my kids see me putting money into daily. It helps them realize mommy and daddy also have to save for what they want.
We are raising frugal kids, but we are also raising servers. We are teaching our kids about giving. We are teaching them to be thankful because there are people who are less fortunate than we are. Our children are fortunate to have 3 meals a day plus snacks, but not all children are. It’s important to us that our children understand this and open their hearts to help others.
They have never had to go to the food pantry to get dinner, but they have helpe
d serve others there. Why? Because it’s our duty to help, serve, and share love.
We also have fun with our kids. We show them that living frugally doesn’t mean you can’t have fun. We just have fun in different ways. Instead of grabbing fast food on the way to the park for lunch, we pack our lunch at home. Heading to the beach we do the same. When we go to the movies, we go the drive in. It’s cheaper and let’s face it not many kids these days even know what a drive in is.
I know not everyone will agree with our parenting choices. I know some will think we have lost our minds. Some might even think we are being terrible parents, but our kids are happy and healthy.
I am not here to judge anyone’s parenting choices. This is how we are raising frugal kids, but your way may be totally different and that’s okay!