A Teachable Moment - 06/06/13

   Saving You Money isn't just a segment I do on TV.  It's really the way my family lives.  I remember as a little girl my parents saying, "Why pay full price if you don't have to?"  The truth is, you don't!  It's so much fun to score a deal, to wait for the mark downs, to strategize the sales. A few years ago when I started Stacy's Saving You Money segment, I interviewed some expert coupon mamas.  They taught me everything I needed to know about coupon stacking, BOGO deals and sales cycles.  I'll admit, I've fallen off the coupon wagon for a few weeks at a time here and there.  After all, it's hard to work full time, raise two kids, be a wife, manage a home, do community service, take care of pets, garden, exercise, volunteer at school/church and find the time for all that scissor cutting and filing.  For the most part though, we stick with the strategy.
    This brings me to the teachable moment.  The other night, we were going to go out to eat.  This isn't something we do all that often.  Before we left, my husband said, "Where's the Clipper magazine or the ValuPak or the coupon binder?"  He wanted to see which coupons we had for which restaurants BEFORE we made a decision about where we were going to eat.  My daughter wanted to go to Five Guys (which we love Five Guys,) however we did not have a coupon for Five Guys on this particular night.  We did have a coupon for Culver's, another burger joint that was offering a BOGO on burgers and a BOGO on icecream.  We'd basically pay half.  My daughter made her case at which point we countered with the coupon argument.  Then she says, "Why do we always have to have a coupon?"  My husband and I both rushed to answer, "Because money doesn't grow on trees."  "Because we want you to understand the value of a dollar."  "Because if we spend less tonight, we'll have more for later."  "Because we're the parents, we make the rules."  And finally the question she couldn't answer and the one that hushed her.... "Why pay full price if you don't have to?"
   Now I realize we may be old fashioned.  We make our children fold towels and empty the dishwasher.  They also help water the plants and take care of the pets (sort of.) In return, they earn $2 a week.  Through this process, they have learned how precious those dollars are and how they can really add up.  Yes, they get paid for their work, but they really get paid with the satisfaction of a job well done and the tangible contribution they make day in and day out. It would be a lot easier and less confrontational to do everything for them and to let them choose the restaurant regardless of coupons, but we would be doing them a disservice.  This way, when they're ready to spread their wings and leave our cheap nest, they'll have real strategies that will last a life time and hopefully they'll never pay full price when they don't have to. 

 

Get This

Last Update on August 22, 2014 07:10 GMT

"STONER" ARRESTED FOR POT

ORANGE, Va. (AP) -- It's a twist on the old saying that when dog bites man, it isn't news, but when man bites dog, it is news. A "stoner" being arrested for pot possession isn't news. But when the "stoner" is named "Stoner" -- it's worth taking note of. This "Stoner" -- 42-year-old Paul Scott Stoner -- was arrested in Virginia. And authorities in the commonwealth say he is facing drug charges after police found more than $10,000 worth of pot at his home. He's charged with growing marijuana and having a firearm while in possession of more than a pound of marijuana. Stoner is free on bond, with a hearing set for next week.

PAY IT FORWARD

ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) -- Think of it as a "pay it forward" campaign -- on caffeine. A woman in Florida went to a Starbucks drive-thru in Florida on Wednesday and on top of the iced tea she ordered, she asked to pay for the caramel macchiato for the stranger in the car behind her. The man in the car behind returned the favor to the driver behind him -- and a chain reaction started that continued for hours. The store crew kept track -- and before it was over, there were 379 customers who were treated to a Starbucks drink then paid it forward -- or backward, if you want to look at literally. The last customer in the chain declined to pay for someone else's coffee, even though a barista explained the concept to her.

HERMIT IS OUT OF THE WOODS

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) -- If you run into a guy in Maine who seems just a little out of step with the modern world, do not ask: "What, have you been living in the woods for 30 years?" The answer might be yes. Christopher Knight has spent nearly three decades in the woods, away from society. He survived the brutal winters by swiping food from homes and camps. Knight's story is being told in the current issue of GQ magazine. He says he isn't crazy about the society he's being forced to re-enter. He says the world these days is too colorful, lacks aesthetics -- and is crude.

 
Advertise with us!