A few weeks before Christmas #1 got her ears pierced and yesterday marked the 6th week. And as all girls know, that is an important week. No more cleaning and twisting the earrings three times a day. Six weeks means that you can safely remove the studs and finally wear the earrings you've been waiting to wear.
In celebration of the 6th week, #1 took the contents of her big and small piggy banks to the Coinstar machine at the grocery to see if she had enough money to buy a new pair of earrings. I warned her not to expect much, maybe only $6 or $7.
We were both surprised that the machine counted up $25.46! #1's eyes glossed over with all the possibilities. At Target she picked out a nice set of earrings and proudly removed her twenty dollar bill from her little wallet to pay for them.
Do you remember how confusing money used to seem? How could one bill (say, a twenty) be better than four bills (like, four ones)? #1 experienced a bit of that confusion when the cashier gave her $4 back in change. #1 reacted like she had just hit the jackpot!
"Four hundred!" she exclaimed!
I told her, "Actually, those are four one dollar bills."
"And each one is a hundred!"
"Well. Each one is one hundred cents. One hundred pennies."
"I know! Four Hundred cents!"
We walked around Target a little bit longer, to see if there was anything else she wanted to buy with her money. She wanted to buy #2 a birthday present and kept choosing things way out of her price range. When I would say, "That costs $42 and you only have $9." She would briefly look deterred then she would say, "Then you buy it!" After a while she started to understand things like:
Once your money is gone, you don't have anymore.
You can only buy something if you have enough money.
You should only get things you really want.
You know, things most adults haven't figured out yet. She finally decided on getting him a $0.98 Bottle Pop.
On our way home she opened her wallet and spread the remains of her wealth across her lap. Maybe feeling little sad that she didn't have $25 anymore, she asked, "Mom, how can I get more money?"
Before I had a chance to answer she added, "And I don't want any of your money. You're low on money. I want new money."
Yes. I am low on money. So I pose the question to you readers: How can my 6 year old get more money? Any simple money raising ideas?
PS This really is for #1 and not for me.