Each year at Christmas and birthdays, Sir Monkeypants’ mom gives our kids a little money to buy themselves something nice. Usually I take them to the toy store and give them (mostly) free reign, because I think people who give money like to hear that their loved one treated themselves, don’t you?
In the past year or so, though, I’ve been talking to the kids about trying to save up for bigger items. I’m sure we already own every single $20 dollar Lego set in existance, and it would be such a great exercise in money management to convince the Captain to save up for something bigger and better, you know?
The kids haven’t been exactly receptive to this idea. Gal Smiley in particular is the worst impulse shopper ever, I really worry about the day that child gets herself a credit card. The Captain can see the logical nature of saving, but when confronted with an exciting new Lego set in the store he can rarely help himself.
But Little Miss Sunshine, now that’s a kid with discipline. A few months back she was watching TV and saw an ad for this:
That is the Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castle. When she saw this castle, she just about passed out. “Ultimate” is an understatement. It is the BEST. TOY. EVER.
But I looked it up online and it turns out it costs $200. TWO HUNDRED DOLLARS. My mother-in-law is generous, but not THAT generous.
I had to explain to the Little Miss that it was outside Mommy and Daddy’s budget, even for special occasions. If she saved up her money, she was allowed to buy it herself – but it would take a LOT of saving.
She was undaunted. Every penny she got for a present went into her castle fund. Every time she asked if she could use her pocket money to buy gum at the Superstore, I’d remind her about the castle and she’d immediately decide in favour of saving. It’s been several months now and she has almost $100 saved up. I was impressed but I still thought there was no way she was going to make it.
And then! Today! We were at (ahem) WalMart, browsing the toy section for the Captain’s upcoming birthday.
And LO! There were Disney Princess Ultimate Dream Castles ON SALE FOR FIFTY DOLLARS.
I still cannot believe it.
We grabbed one. We ran to the cash. The cashier said we were the third person to come through with one in the last 15 minutes – so if you want one, GO NOW (the Kanata Centrum WalMart).
Seriously, the Little Miss is SO lucky. And proud – she now has her castle and she even bought it with her own money.
I spent all afternoon putting this together:
BEST. DAY. EVER.