How many Dads, Mums and Families have come home from shopping and their excited children have happily or reluctantly put the items in to the fridge, freezer, pantry, storeroom or larder. Whether they do it happily or not, one thing they are interested in is the list on the receipt even though they packed the stuff away. The actual prices don’t register to most.
I feel as parents we ought to pin the receipt on a board in the kitchen and highlight the monthly totals, just so that from the age of eight to nine they are aware of the responsibility involved. Even receipts of other household goods can be added. Junior, teenage and young adult years has its highs and lows but most of the time too it’s about visualising and talking about our future home and family.
As a preparation for when they move to university campus, digs, apartments or their own homes I think this practice would be useful. Talking work ethics, income. money, costs, savings and budgets is never a bad thing. This can be a quality time pleasurable thing to do too.