Miss8 looked into her purse.
“And this is all my money?” she asked us.
Tracey assured her it was.
We were about to head for the show. Let’s be clear. The show is my favourite time of the year. Rides, show bags, lights. It is awesome.
The kids love it, so I love it.
But….taking five kids, it can be expensive. Which is why we give each of them fifty dollars and let them chose their own way to spend it – show bags, rides or games of chance.
But, of course, there’s another option.
“And if I don’t spent it?” asked Miss8.
Tracey said she could keep it.
After all, it’s an important lesson. Take the impulsive buying route and it’s all gone. Save a little for later and you might get what you really want.
“Well, I’m not spending it,” said Miss8.
Our chests might have swelled a little with pride.
“That’s very sensible,” said Tracey, finding her voice first.
We both thought we’d finally got through to her – save your money for the things that matter to you, not just junk.
She put her purse back into her draw.
“You’re just going to have to pay for everything,” she told us.
So maybe next year. Maybe.
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