Carnival Games – Teachable Moment

Roll Out The Barrel....

Roll Out The Barrel….

We have a tradition every year of celebrating Oktoberfest with friends at a local beer garden. With the festival comes the lure of … carnival games.  Doesn’t every parent look forward to an opportunity to bring home a betta fish in colored water, or a set of pink and purple stuffed horses?

This year we offered our daughter a choice … she could play the games as in years past, where Dad usually spent $10.00, or she could “bank” the $10.00 and use it for something that might have a higher fun quotient.   She chose to pass on the games, and have the $10.00 to spend later.  She was a trooper that night resisting the lure of knock-off inflatable M&M characters and pink dolphins.

Today an opportunity arose to take advantage of that $10.00.  She has really wanted to get a membership to an online game she enjoys called Animal Jam.  I reminded her of her fun money and she was over the moon to be able to get this membership, and still have a bit of money left over.

My money management lessons don’t always pan out as I hope, but this was a win-win for both of us!

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