Kitty and I sat down the other day and had a very frank conversation, in which we decided that we didn't have enough crap in the house. Specifically, we were missing plastic crap and we were most definitely short some broken crap. We decided to remedy the situation immediately. We gave Finn an allowance.
After all, if someone is going to be buying cheap crap that breaks and never gets played with again it might as well be him.
Despite the fact that it took me nearly 30 years to learn how to manage my money, I assumed that Finn would pick it up immediately. I was therefore crushed to discover that unlike not-listening-to-me and inability-to-use-table-manners, budgeting is not one of Finn's inherent skills. Toning down my expectations got easier once I realized that he really has no idea how much different coins/bills are worth and therefore he makes an easy mark for fleecing. I'm making money on this whole allowance thing.
Now before you judge, let it be known that he forced me to give him $4.50 in exchange for a $5. I tried to tell him that wasn't to his favor, but he insisted. Who am I to argue? Of course, the next day he offered me $20 and when I asked, "Seriously?", he replied, "No, I just wanted to blow your mind."
Mission accomplished, jerk.
For what he lacks in financial skills, he makes up for in bacon wallets. I needed to ensure that he had a stylish spot to keep his cash and I had an extra bacon wallet laying around that fit that bill nicely. Who doesn't? Unfortunately, the cash never really gets a chance to accrue.
This is impressive when you consider that he gets $10 a week in allowance. Yeah, I'm not good at depriving him. Have you seen how much Legos cost these days? It's absurd.
Not like it matters. Just last week he blew every last penny he had - and even went into debt to me - for a $40 Boba Fett gun for Halloween to accompany that sick costume above. On the plus side, if you were just a casual observer, you'd think that thing shoots real lasers. It's amazing. I can safely say that it's money well spent.
Lesson? Learned. Now where's that Lego aisle?