My kids receive pocket money. We often forget about it and so do they, but on principle, yes, they receive pocket money. Each one of them has a jar where they collect these money and also add money that they receive sometimes for birthdays or holidays.
Last week my youngest (6) keep talking about some Ninja Turtle toy that he really wanted. I normally say no to questions like these, but suddenly I though: “He has his pocket money, if he wants to spend a part of it on a toy, why not?” Turned out that he really did want to do so!
We agreed to a certain amount that he could use and I took him to two local toy stores to check the prices. Turned out that in the first shop the price of one Ninja Turtle figure was exactly the price that we had decided on but in the second shop it was half that, making it possible for him to have two!
He decided on the second option, paid at the register by himself and walked proudly home with the toys in a bag 🙂
As I see it, he learned several things:
1) The money have a certain value and are not just coins in a jar.
2) It is worth to compare prices in different place
3) It is easier to relate to the value of something when we pay for it ourselves
So also toys and also a lesson learned – I don’t think that it can get much better (or cuter) than that 😉