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Wii Money (Ruth’s SOLS 22/31)

Our kids want a Wii. So we decided to start a “Wii Jar” and the kids could use it to save money for a Wii. This is how their friends got  a Wii, so our kids think this is a great idea.

They get money by doing extra chores around the house. We had a big talk about how these are chores above and beyond what is expected just because we are part of a family. They also get a quarter if their bedrooms are picked up before book time, plus an additional quarter if toys are picked up downstairs before books. One dollar a day. You would think they were getting gold.

Tonight the girls were able to get a quarter each for matching socks and an additional quarter if they made life easy for the other person. The potential for a dollar. They earned 75 cents. (One didn’t make life very easy.)

As time goes on, I hope they will become entrepeneurs and find creative ways to earn money. It’s neat how they are working together for a common goal. I like how they will find the value of saving money and the sweet reward of getting something you worked to have. I think this is a better gift than simply going out a buying a Wii just because they want one.

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6 thoughts on “Wii Money (Ruth’s SOLS 22/31) Leave a comment

  1. we had this exact same thing for the super nintendo growing up. We also got money taken out for being bad. 😦
    And I’m totally going to pay my kids to match the laundry socks (as soon as they get old enough). A quarter is worth the hassel!


  2. I detest matching socks! Where do all of the matches disappear to? Your post reminded me of the time my brother and I had a kool-aid stand to raise money for something we wanted. (The enterpreneural lesson aspect was more memorable that the actual “thing.” I can’t even remember what we wanted to buy.) We had so much fun and thought we were rich when someone gave us five dollars and told us to keep the change!


  3. That’s a great way to get them to wait for something they want. Once my parents had me work to save to buy my own saxophone. They helped at the end, but it was thrilling to save for it. More important than the thing itself


  4. I’ll gladly pay them to iron for me. Oh wait, they’re too young for that. Well, if they weren’t, I would pay them big bucks for that. (My ironing pile has grown since you visited in November. Seriously!)


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