Not a cent…


A couple of years ago, my son came up to me, and asked if he could start getting pocket money on a regular basis.

I asked him if he needed to buy anything?

“Yes, I need many things. So,  I thought I would plan out what I need, and buy it with my pocket money”, he said.

We agreed on an amount, and a few chores that he needed to do to earn a portion of the pocket money. The deal was signed.

After a few weeks of saving up, one evening, he came to me with a list of things he wanted to buy.

So, we went down to the local super-market, and a stationery shop. 

My son looked for all the items he wanted, noted down the prices, added, subtracted, deleted and prioritized…and then guess what?

He did not spend even a single cent!

I asked him for the reason.

He mulled over my question and said, “Things are so expensive, I have to plan better.”

I smiled. Kids…give them their own money and they are loath to spend it!!

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42 Responses to Not a cent…

  1. whimsical90 says:

    that is so cute πŸ™‚

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  2. NJ says:

    You are blessed to have such an mature child πŸ™‚

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  3. Amy says:

    How thoughtful of your son. Mother has done a great job. πŸ™‚

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  4. It’s good, he will be thrifty. I don’t think every child would have taken this the same way he did.

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  5. My son is almost thirty and is still like that. Somethings never change.

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  6. tomrains says:

    Haha nice story, I can totally relate! I started waiting tables my senior year of high school, made about $12 an hour. Me and my friends would go out to get ice cream, and I’d look at it and go, “This ice cream isn’t worth a half hour of working my butt off. Not buying it!”
    Best way to save money is to earn it!!

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  7. katelon says:

    That’s amazing self discipline.

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  8. Sash says:

    So true Nirmala. Have seen it with my daughter too..her pocket money is largely untouched.

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  9. Clearly you have taught your son many positive lessons in life. One of the greatest joys a mother can hold in her heart is that her children are good, decent and thoughtful humans. Well done.

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  10. Adrian B says:

    LOL. my daughter is the same. She will not spend her money but she has no problem to spend mine. She keeps them for something else that in the end I will end up buying it for her. What can I do she is my princes. All the best.

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  11. D K Powell says:

    This made me laugh out loud! My kids get their pocket money electronically these days so there’s rarely tangible money to save. The result is they spend quite, quite happily!

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  12. Style-Lee says:

    Haha……this is so true πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

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  13. iamcayenne says:

    Aha! ☺☺☺
    They prefer to come back to you buying it for themπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

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  14. This is a great way to learn about money’s value. Do something for your money and learn about prices. You gift him in this way Nimi πŸ˜‰

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  15. andeepak says:

    Oh yeah :), my son a gift card from my office folks for his thread ceremony and that I could not use online so purchased a TT table for the value using my card, then I started using that gift card for grocery and one day we went to a restaurant and after the dinner all of us told Thank you to him for the dinner and then the realisation came that it was his gift card he was so annnoyed πŸ™‚

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