ok folks....my heart is about to burst with pride here.
My youngest, who is 10, is a video game nut. He loves them. Every time we go to town (where there are 2 - 3 used game stores), he wants to buy a new one. Obviously, this can't happen all the time. When he has birthday money, etc., that's what he spends it on.
With the recent sharp increase in gas prices, food prices, and the price of everything else, I've had to be creative with my budget, and have been selling all our extra stuff on Ebay to make extra money. It has helped a little, and the extra money I've made has gone for gas, food, etc.
My youngest recently came to me and said he wanted to buy a new game. I explained everything I mentioned above to him - that I'm not buying extras right now, because of the rising cost of everything, and that I'm selling stuff on Ebay to make extra money to get by.
Next thing I know, he's traipsing down the stairs from his room, arms loaded with toys, stuffed animals, books he's outgrown, dvd's he no longer watches, his old Gameboy system he doesn't use anymore since his dad bought him the latest and greatest, etc. And then he asked for my digital camera - to take pictures of his stuff to list on Ebay!! So far, he has an 18 gallon tote and a large box full of stuff. He was pretty determined that he was going to make hundreds...so I had to sit down with him and explain how Ebay works, and show him what things were selling for - I think he's lowered that lofty expectation, but hopefully, he'll still do well enough to get the game he wants. (And hey, there's another good side effect - his room is less cluttered!! :lol: )
I mentioned in my answer to the question of the week about how to teach kids about money that I have tried to instill in my kids, above all, a good work ethic. If you want it, work for it - don't expect it to be handed to you. If you want it, find a way to make the money to get it. Don't put it on a credit card or expect your parents or someone else to hand it to you.
I think it's working!!
Now I have to list all this stuff.....LOL :shock: :lol: :shock:
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