November 7, 2009

A Long Time Coming

Brevin and Spencer have been saving every penny, nickel, dime, quarter, and dollar for the better part of two years. All of that saving has brought the boys to this pivotal moment in their childhood existence. They are now each a proud owner of their very own Nintendo DS. For any who have given money over the years as birthday or Christmas gifts, know that this is where your financial contribution went. Also know that it is a beloved item of acquisition. They were giddy as they emptied their banks and made towers of coins to assist the cashier in the transaction.

While I was not too keen on the idea of them having a Nintendo DS (they were informed that they could not ask Santa for such a high-ticket item last year), I will say that this has been a great learning experience in fiscal management. Not to mention, this long-range financial goal provided many opportunities to practice counting money. They did have some help from Mom and Dad along the way (in the form of cupcake sales and making up the difference so they could get a carrying case to protect their prized possession). Now they can start earning their own money to pay for games...and I can begin the dreadful task of enforcing the rules of how much time will be allotted for playing video games.

This post authored by Amber


Julie said...

What adorable, motivated boys you have! I am sure this great lesson will serve them well. I'm impressed at what long attention spans they had to have kept the DS in mind for two years!

Joy said...

I have never heard of kids saving money so diligently, for so long, to get something they still wanted after such a long time! They are going to be some disciplined, determined adults someday. What a momentous occasion this must have been for them, which they will remember for a long time, unlike those who had a DS placed in their hands for no good reason. Nice learning experience (and great photos, too)!

Heather said...

that is awesome! I am so impressed that they had the will power to wait and save for so long! I too agree on the video game thing...Craig keeps telling me it's just a matter of time. Which may be true, but I'm going to hold out for as long as possible!!!

Karen said...

Wow, I'm amazed they kept at it for so long! My kids wimp out after just a month of trying to save for something. Good luck trying to figure out the balance of time spent on the DS and doing more productive things. I'm having the same problem with the Wii.