How to make grocery shopping on a budget fun for the whole family

I know it sounds a little cliche, but there really is nothing like finding an activity that’s fun for the whole family. Making sure that the kids are having fun, of course, is always ideal when you have three boys at home like we do—it keeps them occupied and out of trouble! But, if you can find something that you and your partner also enjoy, well then you’re really on to something. Recently, I found an activity that we can all enjoy together that also helps me save money.

I’ve discovered a way to make grocery shopping on a budget fun for the whole family. It’s really a miracle! What I found was a shopping rewards app that helped me save money while I was out at the store and also turned the experience into a game. Before I knew it, my husband and I were looking forward to all the money that we would save while our boys were looking forward to the new game-like components. It really was a win-win situation for us.

So, today I’d like to share our secret with all of you. There’s just so much to love about having fun with the kids while shopping and saving money at the same time. I think it would be selfish to keep it to myself!

Making Grocery Shopping on a Budget Fun for the Whole Family: Find a Shopping Rewards App

The first step to making grocery shopping on a budget fun for the whole family is getting a shopping rewards app. For those who don’t know, these are apps that you can use to save money at the store. There are a few different types of these apps. One is a couponing app that basically simulates the old-school experience of clipping and using coupons.

The other works differently, giving you points for certain behaviors you do while you’re out shopping (more on exactly what those behaviors are below). To be totally honest, this is certainly the type of rewards app you’re going to want to go with. The reason being is that it’s much more like a game than couponing apps are and finding an app that works like a game is key to your kids having fun.

Making Grocery Shopping on a Budget Fun for the Whole Family: Teach the Kids How to Use It

grocery shopping on a budget with the familyThe next step, of course, is making sure that your shopping process is fun for your kids. This is obviously a bit of a challenge. Speaking from my own experience, my boys seem to have an allergic reaction to walking into stores, one that causes them to start running around and wanting to leave immediately. This is where the shopping rewards app comes in.

With the right shopping rewards app, you can turn your trip to the store into a game. Many of these apps reward you points for doing things in the stores and points are something my video game-loving little guys can really engage with. Basically, it takes the daunting task of shopping and turns it into a challenge for them. Now when we go out, we spend the time in the car on the way to the store talking about how much fun it’s going to be earning points in the aisles. It’s almost like they look forward to shopping these days!

Making Grocery Shopping on a Budget Fun for the Whole Family: Embrace Shopkick

The last piece of advice for making grocery shopping on a budget fun for the whole family is also the simplest: choose the right shopping rewards app, which—in my opinion—is an app called Shopkick. How it works is that Shopkick gives you points for the things you do while you’re out shopping already, things like walking into stores, going down the aisles browsing products, and, of course, making purchases. You can then trade these points in for gift cards to so many different stores, including Walmart, Starbucks, and Best Buy.

Having all these different ways to get points is what turns it into a game that your kids can enjoy. Here’s a little tip: you can also use Shopkick when you don’t have the energy to go out with the whole family or even just to go out. There are tons of ways that Shopkickers can earn rewards right from the app—no need to go anywhere. These include kicks for watching videos and instant surprise kicks from going on Easter egg hunts in the app. Users can also get amazing deals where you can earn big points and rewards by shopping on your phone at stores like Amazon, Walmart, and more!

Having all these different ways to get points is what turns it into a game that your kids can enjoy.

I hope your family starts to have as much fun using Shopkick as mine does. Going out shopping these days is such a different experience now that my boys are excited to help me earn points. Everybody gets something they want out of it!

Even better, though, is that our newfound love of Shopkick has given us another way to spend time together. I spend a lot of time at the store, but, now with Shopkick, my little guys are excited to come with me! Using Shopkick at the grocery store has turned shopping into a fun scavenger hunt for points.

Ready to start making grocery shopping on a budget fun for the whole family? Download Shopkick for free and join a community of loyal Shopkickers who’ve already discovered how rewarding—and fun—shopping can be!

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