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Big Night Out

July 21st, 2010 at 10:17 am

We have a big night out planned, which I've been looking forward to for a few months. We're taking our oldest son to see Star Wars in Concert -and while I'm super excited about going, I'm also anxious about one thing: the gimmicks they try to sell you when you go to anything these days.

We're having dinner with my husband's parents at home (cost: $0), and the in-laws are watching the little one (cost: $0). I assume we'll have to pay some crazy rate for parking ($20.00?). Enter the gadgets, t-shirts, lightsabers, and jedi watchamahooozle -all overpriced, and all directly in the line of sight of the 5 year old.

I'm going to explain calmly that there are going to be a lot of things for sale there, but that we aren't going to be buying anything tonight. My son is actually pretty good about that kind of thing...but...I'm afraid that the temptation is going to be too much for him, and we're going to have to try and manage a very disapointed little guy.

3 Responses to “Big Night Out”

  1. MonkeyMama Says:

    Good Luck!

    To me, this would be a perfect allowance learning example (adding to your last post). If the kids are really insistent on something like that, we'd look at the price and ask if they really wanted to take that money from their piggy bank. No matter what their decision is, it's a learning experience.

    Maybe this is why I don't get the negative stigma of an allowance. Very early on they are learning, "If you want that, YOU pay for it." What's the alternative? Mommy and daddy buys you whatever you want? An allowance makes money more finite, in some regards.

    OF course, saying no/dissapointment, is a good learning experience, too.

  2. creditcardfree Says:

    There is always Target or the thirft store for a Star Wars toy...after the event, if needed.

  3. whitestripe Says:

    lol, for some reason I am the opposite. Whenever we go to something like that (for us, it is usually music festivals) we always make sure to buy something, it's sort of like a reminder of the night. I have band tshirts that make me smile every time i look at them, even though they are more worn out that some of my others, simply because I remember the night, and I remember lining up to buy the shirt etc etc. *shrug* but that is with our own money, not making the parents pay for it lol Big Grin

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