By BMCCUE from Litchfield, NH
Lately I have been sending coupons for the foods she likes, makeup she uses and cleaning supplies. She called me last week all excited and said, "Mom, guess what? I saved $13 at the store because they were taking double coupons." She is now becoming a thrifty person like her mom.
By Luv to cook from NC
It is cheaper to tell your student that you are willing to give them a set amount of money. If he or she manages to underspend then, they deserve to keep the surplus. But do not make the mistake of putting in place a system that rewards your son or daughter for being extravagant.
By Julia in UK from UK
First I selected a HIGH quality LARGE laundry basket (I wrote her last name on bottom with a black sharpie).
I began by scouring the drawers and closets at home for unused items, purchasing from the dollar store or outlet malls and began redeeming FREE offers from some of the websites that give free samples and redeemed the FREE with purchase gifts when ordering office supplies. I've included most of the following items:
I plan on adding food items such as Easy Mac, Ramen noodles, canned soups, etc. I will add a roll of quarters too and probably a certificate to a fast food restaurant in the area. Then I'll wrap with cellophane purchased after Easter and top with a big bow. Purchasing the items a little bit at a time has been FUN. I made a list and only bought when on sale so it was like a scavenger hunt. This spread out the economic impact of the gift.
This gift is practical and can be personalized to each recipient. I have given them in the past and they have always been a hit with any teen. You can use any item as your "gift box" if a laundry basket is too expensive or large to fill.
By Diana from Prospect, KY
I set a curfew of 3:30am on the weekends, and 12:00 on week nights for my 20 year old son who is attending Community college but living with us.. He thinks this is unfair. We don't have any major problems with him like drugs, gambling, drinking or in a gang. He has very good grades and works part time. He buys his own clothes and rarely eats at home. He doesn't contribute to the home, and keeps his room very untidy. Between work and college he is hardly home during the week. When he is home he stays in his room and doesn't socialize with the family. I don't know what to do about this. I have talked often to him about his attitude. He is like a stranger in my home.
Nell from SierrA. Vista, AZ