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« Reply #915 on: August 04, 2013, 10:45:26 PM »
I took five nieces and nephews on a 2-day trip to a theme park.  I knew from experience that I'd be hounded with unending requests for snacks and souvenirs, so I gave each of the kids $20 per day and told them that I'd pay for regular meals, but they were expected to pay for optional items with the money. Not one of them spent a dime of it. They even chose to drink from water fountains rather than buy soft drinks. They became major cheapskates when their own money was at stake. It takes two people to play tug of war. If you don't want to play, don't pick up the rope. #### jedikaiti • Swiss Army Nerd • Hero Member • Posts: 3334 • A pie in the hand is worth two in the mail. ##### Re: Cheapskate stories « Reply #916 on: August 05, 2013, 12:42:18 AM » LOL... I was the opposite, I was a total cheapskate when I was spending someone else's money (albeit on a budget). When I was a kid, one of the department stores had a special section set up for kids to do Christmas shopping. The parents could provide a list of who they had to buy for, and a total budget and payment method. A store clerk would take each child into the section, help them shop, and if there was a credit card for payment, run the receipt out for the parents signature. I was given a budget of$50. I spent $26. Of course, I was also the child who refused to spend any dollar denomination higher than$2. $2 and$1 and change I would spend. Anything higer was sacrosanct and stayed in the piggy bank until it went to the bank. No idea where I got that from.
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« Reply #917 on: August 05, 2013, 04:42:56 AM »
I took five nieces and nephews on a 2-day trip to a theme park.  I knew from experience that I'd be hounded with unending requests for snacks and souvenirs, so I gave each of the kids $20 per day and told them that I'd pay for regular meals, but they were expected to pay for optional items with the money. Not one of them spent a dime of it. They even chose to drink from water fountains rather than buy soft drinks. They became major cheapskates when their own money was at stake. I do the same with my nieces and nephew. ON met me when she was 7 or so (Sister's stepdaughter) to be blunt she was used to Mom's family and Dad's family trying to out bid each other for her affection. After our first outing had a bunch of "get me this" followed by amazement at the word no (no tantrum just wow you said that and meant it.), I sat down with her and explained I was a poor teacher. I started giving her a budget. I paid admission, lunch, and in some cases bottled water (If the fountains were yuck). Then she had$10 - $20 spending money. I more than once I've had the kids go look at the gift shop and come back and announce everything was overpriced. Then an adult standing nearby, dealing with "But I want it" whines pick their jaws up and ask how do you do that. Now I will often treat them to books (from a book store or amazon not the gift shop) or the panning for gold/crack open a geo things because it is about the experience not a piece of plastic junk that is going to beak before we get on 610. Don't Teach Them For Your Past. Teach Them For Their Future #### kherbert05 • Super Hero! • Posts: 11183 ##### Re: Cheapskate stories « Reply #918 on: August 05, 2013, 04:54:01 AM » LOL... I was the opposite, I was a total cheapskate when I was spending someone else's money (albeit on a budget). When I was a kid, one of the department stores had a special section set up for kids to do Christmas shopping. The parents could provide a list of who they had to buy for, and a total budget and payment method. A store clerk would take each child into the section, help them shop, and if there was a credit card for payment, run the receipt out for the parents signature. I was given a budget of$50. I spent $26. Of course, I was also the child who refused to spend any dollar denomination higher than$2. $2 and$1 and change I would spend. Anything higer was sacrosanct and stayed in the piggy bank until it went to the bank. No idea where I got that from.
I remember when Palais Royal used to open only for kids one Saturday between Thanksgiving and Christmas. It gave Sis and I good experience choosing presents for people. One year I bought some earrings for Cousin C and had them wrapped at the store. When she opened up the package it was empty. I think she really thought I did it on purpose (we butted heads regularly). Mom and Aunt explained to her the store had wrapped the package and must have lost the earrings. I was really upset because they were "perfect earrings" for Cousin. Mom took us to Palais Royal that week. When she explained to customer service what had happened the Manager came out - escorted us around the store. I found the same type of earrings. Not only did we get those - he insisted that all three of us (Cousin C, Sis, and me) pick out another set of earrings each because Christmas surprise was ruined.
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« Reply #919 on: August 05, 2013, 06:47:38 AM »
I took five nieces and nephews on a 2-day trip to a theme park.  I knew from experience that I'd be hounded with unending requests for snacks and souvenirs, so I gave each of the kids $20 per day and told them that I'd pay for regular meals, but they were expected to pay for optional items with the money. Not one of them spent a dime of it. They even chose to drink from water fountains rather than buy soft drinks. They became major cheapskates when their own money was at stake. I do the same with my nieces and nephew. ON met me when she was 7 or so (Sister's stepdaughter) to be blunt she was used to Mom's family and Dad's family trying to out bid each other for her affection. After our first outing had a bunch of "get me this" followed by amazement at the word no (no tantrum just wow you said that and meant it.), I sat down with her and explained I was a poor teacher. I started giving her a budget. I paid admission, lunch, and in some cases bottled water (If the fountains were yuck). Then she had$10 - $20 spending money. I more than once I've had the kids go look at the gift shop and come back and announce everything was overpriced. Then an adult standing nearby, dealing with "But I want it" whines pick their jaws up and ask how do you do that. Now I will often treat them to books (from a book store or amazon not the gift shop) or the panning for gold/crack open a geo things because it is about the experience not a piece of plastic junk that is going to beak before we get on 610. When we went to Assateague/Ocean City, my MIL gave each of the older 2$20 to buy their own souvenirs.  I wish I could say that stopped the middle pirate from buying junk, but it didn't.  However my oldest did listen to the advice of his "auntie" (bff) who works in retail and gave them both some tips on buying souvenirs.  As in, don't waste money on overpriced junk you could easily find someplace else back home.  Well the oldest bought a dolphin shaped keychain that said Ocean City, MD and had sand in it, a travel coffee mug that also said Ocean City on it, and something else that escapes me at the moment.   The younger child bought a toy plastic boat, a plastic fan, and a kite.  The kite I believe actually lasted and was a practical purchase for the beach, but the boat and the fan both broke.
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« Reply #920 on: August 05, 2013, 09:11:12 AM »