People are always surprised to hear I have 5 kids. Let me preface this by saying that only two of them were born from me. 🙂 The other three were inherited when I met my husband. We have full custody and they are in every sense of the word, mine. I always wanted a big family when I was younger, and after my divorce I thought I would only have my two. Well, I got lucky and I got my big family the easy way. (haha)
I have a 12 year old girl, Jesse, a 13 year old girl – Brielle (whom is often affectionately referred to on my blogs as “Mini Chef”, a 14 year old girl – Melissa, a 16 year old girl – Vanessa and a 16 year old boy – Ryan. Yeah, I know – poor Ryan. Surrounded by all the girls. Don’t worry, his wife will thank me someday, I’m sure of it. You can learn more about me and my family on my “About Page“.
The plus side to having a large family when couponing, and especially having a large family where they are all old enough to use scissors on their own, is that they can help! (Though I still worry about Jesse since she often pretends they are dolphins and swings them all over the place. No, I’m not kidding. uhm…. yeah.)
They have their own little system they have invented to help as well. I had nothing to do with this. It’s like an assembly line.
On a normal, average coupon cutting day:
- Child #1 – Checks the coupons for expiration dates and looks for any coupons we need right now.
- Child #2 – Cuts all the coupons out of the inserts. (they sometimes get help from child #1 & child #5 and me)
- Child #3 – Trims the coupons so they look good and fit into our coupon binder. (sometimes enlists the help of child #1, child #5 and me)
- Child #4 – Sorts them into broad categories using a coupon mat. (more on our coupon mat soon)
- Child #5 – Sort of the kid that helps whoever needs help. Sometimes looks for expired coupons inside the binder, sorts them and then gets them ready in an envelope to mail to military families, who are allowed to use coupons that are expired up to 6 months. A much nicer way to free ourselves from expired coupons rather than watching them go in the trash.
Sometimes we have a large quantity of a single coupon insert that we obtain at one time.
That is only half the coupons. See that tiny edge of the stack in front of my son in the photo? That’s already about 40 or more of them.
Then we formulate an assembly line a little different than the one they form.
It sort of looks something like this. With all of us sitting around in a huge circle.
I’m the one missing from behind those two inserts across the circle.
Basically we are all in charge of a particular page of the coupon inserts (in this one case, it was TWO pages) This was after we had already begun separating them. We just pass them down the line, take the piece that is ours and pass it on.
Sometimes our pets want to help.
That’s our new kitten Cheeto. Despite how cute and sweet and calm he looks here, immediately following this photo, we had to grab him quick because he was already tearing up the piles.
So that’s just a glimpse into one of our couponing sessions and what it’s like for me, couponing with kids.
Do your kids help you? What do you have them do?