All About The Benjamins

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David’s main goal, as far as money is concerned, is to get some dollars to take them to Wal-mart so that he can get some new Thomas & Friends trains to add to his collection.  The other day he found a penny in the boys’ room.  He ran down to me and told me we needed to go to the store (this.very.minute.) because he had found “a money” to buy a new train.

Benjamin and Olivia are pretty much the same when it comes to money.  They get it, they spend it—mostly on Webkinz.

Livey is, by far, the worst about spend-spend-spending.   It doesn’t matter if it’s a little trinket from a gumball machine, or a Bakugan, or a *sigh* Webkinz;  she’s a spender.   Recently I convinced her to start saving for an iPod Touch.  I thought if she had something to save for then she wouldn’t spend frivolously.  And, for a week, it worked.  Soon thereafter she sold a bunch of her old Bakugan to a friend, made $30.00 off the sale, and asked me to drive her to Justice so she could get a Signature Webkinz.

“Really?” I asked, “What about saving for your iTouch?”

“Oh, I’m not saving for that anymore.  It’ll take too long.  I’m just going to start saving for games for my DSi,”  she stated.

All I could do was shake my head.  Unfortunately, I know exactly where she gets the spending gene from.  And, it’s not from her Papa.

Mikey, on-the-other-hand, is our saver.  Ever since he was Davey’s age he understood that if he saved all his money up he could get that “big thing” he really wanted.  Currently, he’s saving up for a bigger, better, more advanced air-soft gun.   He’s also the one that his siblings go to if they need to borrow some money.  They write out an IOU, and make sure to pay him back the moment they make/receive any money.   He wanted to charge the interest, but I convinced him not to.   He wasn’t too happy with that.

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It’s no secret that money is tight.  It’s been tight for the past couple of years, but it’s the one area in our marriage that we don’t fight about.  For that I am grateful.  I know many marriages that have fallen apart due to money issues, and that’s just not something that we’ve ever dealt with.   As long as the bills are paid, and the house has enough food to feed all these mouths, we’re fine.  I wholeheartedly believe that.

Some of the richest people I know are the poorest people I know.   The one thing that I try to teach the kids is that money comes, money goes, and that—by no means—can it buy you happiness or love.

Can’t buy me love, love
Can’t buy me love

I’ll buy you a diamond ring my friend if it makes you feel alright
I’ll get you anything my friend if it makes you feel alright
‘Cause I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

I’ll give you all I got to give if you say you love me too
I may not have a lot to give but what I got I’ll give to you
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

Can’t buy me love, everybody tells me so
Can’t buy me love, no no no, no

Say you don’t need no diamond ring and I’ll be satisfied
Tell me that you want the kind of thing that money just can’t buy
I don’t care too much for money, money can’t buy me love

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