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!