I’m Raising a Mini-Cheapskate…Or at Least I Hope I Am

Posted on Feb 24 2011 - 12:15pm by Nicole Smith

The other day my mother and I, along with my three-year-old son, drove to Dover to see my younger brother. As we drove by Target my little man grew very upset. Target is his favorite store, and it’s been well over a month since we’ve shopped there. So his Nana made a promise to him that we would stop after we were done visiting with my brother.

Once we were finally in Target, Blake was as happy as could be. He loves helping us shop. (And when I say help, I mean he loves throwing stuff into the cart when we don’t need it: Pull-ups, toothpaste, dog toys…you get the idea.)

At one point, we were standing in the throw pillow aisle, looking for new pillows for my mom’s couch. My son graciously decided to help her and reached for a set close by. They, of course, were not what she was looking for, so I put them back. Imagine my delight when I saw he had picked up a set of pillows that were marked down to $8 for 2. I immediately looked at my mom and said “I’m raising a little frugal shopper.”

I know, I know. He really had no clue what he was doing. He was just picking out whichever ones he could reach, but to see he picked ones that were from the red-stickered shelf made my heart sing. It gave me hope that one of my kids will show that same shopping savvy that I have.

Unfortunately, my oldest child calls me cheap. She gives me a hard time whenever I go into Ocean State Job Lot or Dollar Tree. She doesn’t understand the whole “getting more for your money” theory. Maybe one day she’ll come around.

So, tell me a story about your children and any frugal shopping habits you’ve seen them exhibit.

(Also, if any of you know why there’s a big white block under my posts, and know how to get rid of it, please email me at nicole@frugalmaine.com. My challenged butt can’t figure it out. I really don’t want to cuss out my computer or site, so any help anyone can offer would be VERY appreciated.)

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  1. tinksmagic May 16, 2011 at 7:23 am - Reply

    I absolutely LOVE Ocean State Job Lot. My 3rd child hates it, she’s very earthy crunchy and doesn’t yet understand the great deals and one of a kind yearly offers. I stopped feeling guilty buying these items because they usually never have them again the following season.
    Have you discovered Big Lots? My fav store these days since they have most of the same deals as Job Lot and for every 10 $20 purchases you can save 20% off another purchase (which I usually save for high-ticket items.)

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