Ok, I’ve turned into one of those shoppers. You know, the ones who scour their receipts as they leave the store and have the audacity to return things! I used to judge those people – ‘don’t they have a life?’ Maybe it’s a reaction to my *retail sales* days ~ but times HAVE changed.
First of all, the tweens who ‘work’ at the register are in another world as they ‘beep’ my goodies across the scanner. They have little regard for cold, hard, CASH. When you hand them the green stuff you often get a blank stare or a sigh … more work. When they shove the change in your hand – without regard to what it represents – I’ve found it comes up short way too often.
We homeschoolers make a lesson out of EVERYTHING … but these teachable moments are too good to pass up.
Endure my ‘historical reasoning’ as I provide a backdrop for my pedestal. My mother worked for Safeway when I was little. (1960’s)She was a whiz at math and had to come in early to memorize – I said mem-or-ize – the sale prices that she punched into the manual register. She was accountable for every penny in that thing, so she counted change as if it mattered. Years later, (1970’s) I worked for Pizza Inn. We had to calculate tax IN OUR HEADS and I didn’t inherit my mother’s mathematical skills. We learned to count backwards, forwards … and … correctly … no matter what. Non of this was a big deal – it’s just what life required in order to get a (small) paycheck.
Fast forward to 2010 when money is pretty much *virtual* and the checkers pretty much – don’t care. See my point?
I like helping the kids step into reality with money. It seems we spend most of our money at the grocery stores – (7 sons at home) so I figure it’s a great place to start. They help me comb over the receipt to make sure it’s right. Because, when I’m shortchanged – it means THEY’RE shortchanged.
We’ve had Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover groups and teen class in our home for 3 years. Over this time I know I’ve saved hundreds of dollars in errors caught by … just doing the math!
Got any ‘consumer math’ success stories? I’d love to hear your comments.
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