Book Boy’s school is having their annual book fair this week. I was feeling fairly generous – after all, it is the book fair – and gave BB $20 to spend. He was excited to buy two graphic novels (Hulk and Iron Man, I think) and wanted to take his wallet today. I tried to talk him into waiting until the bookstore has 40% off “employee discount days” in a couple of weeks, since the book fair offers no discount, but he insisted. I figured it was his money, so that was OK with me.
Between the money he had left from the $20 I gave him $5) and the money he had in his wallet, he had about $30 to spend at the book fair. What did he buy, you ask?
- One book, which I haven’t actually seen yet (I went to a sneak preview movie tonight and didn’t see BB)
- A fold-up camoflage pen
- Another pen of some sort
- A pack of erasers in the shape of “lunchables”
- A nose-shaped pencil sharpener. And yes, you put the pencil in the “nostrils” to sharpen it.
- Hopefully something else that I haven’t seen or heard about yet.
I think that perhaps next time he will have a more modest book fair budget, and we will wait to spend the money at the bookstore! (I’m even willing to take him after school sometime the week of the book fair.)
What do you do when your kids waste their money on junk? Do you let them learn their lesson of “now I have a bunch of junk and no money left?” Do you try to teach them a lesson about spending their money wisely? Or do you just figure it’s their money, they can spend it however they want to (within reason)?