When Yuvan started P1,handling money day-to-day became a part of his school life. Basically money was for emergency and to buy food during recess from the very many different cuisine’s available in the school cafeteria..
First half of P1, he packed food from home and wanted to save all. Then I let him buy once a week and gradually twice a week. Mind you, even after buying a pizza meal he can save a dollar and fifty cents everyday, since that has been the deal from the beginning. ‘Don’t spend unnecessarily. Cannot accumulate money in wallet. Must let Amma know your expenditure and the remaining should go to your piggy bank everyday’
Slowly I started to realize too if he has options in school, he could buy everyday as he would get fresh and hot food and he tends to finish his portion.
I asked him to try different things whenever was his ‘Buy’ day. But drink he had to bring from home everyday.
Last week he approached me and asked, ‘what do you think of the idea of me buying thrice a week?’ I asked him, ‘Now, what are your options in terms of food?’ He replied, ‘mushroom soup, normal fried rice, chicken fried rice, chicken rice, pizza.’ I told him, ‘ok, mummy will allow you to buy everyday but you must finish your food. I am allowing you to buy, as its also hot and fresh compared to your packed lunch!’ He did say ok but the finance mind of him asked me ‘so do you think I can get a 20cent hike so that I can save a bit more?’ I said,’No, I think even if you buy everyday and if u spend wisely you still can save a lot.’ He goes,’ok, then..’
It’s been a week now and he is happy and updating me about his recess buy and his savings …
Hmm.. Signs of growing up 🙂