and so I asked LeeAnn about money (and saving it). Here's what she had to say:
What is money?
I don't know.
How do Mommy and Daddy spend money?
What is a coupon?
Well, a coupon is some stuff that we cut that we buy stuff that we show on the list that is on sale.
Where is Mommy's favorite store to shop?
What do you do when you get money?
Do you ever spend your money?
To buy toys and candy.
What else should I know about money?
Money is great to save.
Because so we can save them so we can buy groceries and cars and trucks and toys and games and movies and coloring books and back packs and markers and crayons and pencils and paper doll toys. That was a lot I said!Anything else I should know?
Um. If something, or your house gets on fire - you just buy a new one.
I want you to think about some stuff.
Ahhhhh - the brain workings of a four-and-a-half-year old! I'd like to think that Brian and I do a pretty good job of talking about money with LeeAnn, but maybe there are some things we need to change.
She is right that a coupon is something we cut and then use to make a list...sometimes, in order to get her excited about shopping (although she normally does just fine), I will take pictures (from an ad or from the coupon) and tape them to a paper and then list how many we need of each (she's been working on learning her numbers) and then she is in charge of those items at the store. It does take us a little bit longer (she thinks she has to get EXACTLY what is on the pictures) but she thoroughly enjoys being in charge of the shopping for those items!
And she does save her money - every penny she gets goes into her piggy bank. We do take some out on occasion to hit up the store with (or the garage sales). And she's right - she usually buys a toy (but rarely candy...not sure where that came from!). And she is certainly right that money is great to save! As you can see - she is also on a school supply kick (although she got no new school supplies this year - she's just going to preschool).
As for the buy a new house after a fire... We were just discussing this evening that we need to go through her toy room and weed out what she doesn't use. Last fall - there was a fire at the home of a young girl we do Girl Scouts with and so we went through LeeAnn's clothes to give them some. So now - whenever we discuss giving to someone in need, she correlates that to giving to someone who has had a fire. I don't know exactly where she came up with buying a new house though.
So - I think for being 4 1/2 it's a good thing she doesn't think money grows on trees. And saving money is good!