Teaching our children to save and not waste money and energy is essential for a good education. Here you will find simple tips that will allow you to achieve it, creating awareness to take care of our planet
Some time ago I was told a story that deeply caught my attention. Once upon a time, there was a toothpaste factory that was about to go bankrupt. In a meeting the decision was made not to lower their arms and to look for different alternatives to get afloat. To increase the chances of success they consulted not only the experts, but also each of their employees. To everyone’s surprise, the solution came from the most unknown employee, one of those who always go unnoticed. That proposal not only led them not to go bankrupt but also made them increase their sales in an extraordinary way, leading them to be positioned first in the market.
Do you want to know what action they took? Widen the mouth of the knob so that more toothpaste comes out with each wash. That way the content would be consumed faster and people would have to buy another. This made me reflect. Wonderful idea for the company but it makes us consumers spend more money! So, I began to try to find what things we can do to save at home and, incidentally, teach them to our children as well. Many times we generate too many expenses in our house or we waste some products and this hurts our economy.
That is why these tips will help you reduce some expenses at home and not only that, but you will teach your children the importance of taking care of things, that nobody gives us anything and that they have been acquired by us with work and effort:
1. Use what is fair: neither more nor less
That is, items such as shampoo, toilet paper, cleaning fluids or toothpaste are often used without limit. Teach your children that even if there are a good amount of these elements, this does not mean that they are going to use more than they should. For example, our hair will only take a certain amount of shampoo, it will not be cleaner because we use more. Likewise, floors, cleaning liquids, are generally very concentrated and with just a diluted cap in a bucket many times it is enough to disinfect.
2. Look for discount coupons
Although this modality began in the United States, many countries have this advantage. It is very useful when saving. Also check in stores and supermarkets the offers of the month or the week. This will help your wallet benefit from buying quality things, which generally last longer, at a good price.
3. Save the coins
This is a nice activity to propose to children. Although it may seem not, with them you can achieve good savings that will serve us for a next purchase. You can give them a piggy bank so they can collect money if they want to buy something. That way they will realize that nothing is given to us as a gift and that we must strive and work hard to get what we want.
4. Don’t throw food
If there is any food left over, you can invent a different meal for the night, put it in the refrigerator, donate it to someone in need or give it to the dog. You can teach your children to serve themselves only what they are going to eat and not to play with food.
5. Use fabric
Go back to cloth napkins, (there are people who have even started implementing cloth diapers and sanitary napkins.) I know it takes more work to wash them but this way you will take care of the environment, since you will make less waste. It is very important to encourage children to care for the earth. You can tell them that the earth is not only the forests, the seas and the rivers but that we must also take care of our house.
6. Recycle the old
It is not a matter of accumulating objects that are no longer useful but there are things that when remodeled are still useful. Not only can old furniture be painted in another color, but different techniques can be used, such as decoupage (a decorative manual technique in which printed papers are used glued on wood, ceramic, metal, etc., so that when finish what is obtained looks like painting by hand), and thus achieve a new object from something we already had. It is also an excellent activity to do with children. They will feel useful when helping with the house arrangements.
7. Take care of the water
We know how fundamental it is in these times to take care of the environment and also our pocket, that is why we must instill in children from an early age the care of natural resources. Explain that, although every time we turn on the tap water comes out, there are parts of the world where there is a shortage, so you must take care.
8. Turn off the lights
Unused lights or electrical appliances must be turned off or unplugged. Teach your children not to go around the house leaving lights on, that if they use the computer then turn it off. And this is not only to take care of our money. You can explain to them that, to generate electricity, large companies must burn oil and other fuels to generate it and thus pollute the environment. And when these resources run out, we will run out of energy unless we use another type, such as solar energy.
9. Make up new toys or games.
Many times children are fascinated with buying new toys and having the latest of the latest. Let your imagination run wild and make games or toys with things you already have around the house. Explain that we are not machines that make money, that it costs us effort and work. That will help them so that, if we are going to buy them something, they choose things that are really worth spending.
You will surely come up with new ideas from now on. Teach your children that they are tomorrow, that the change of the future depends on them, and that, if we have a thrifty and careful attitude, we will all benefit.