I think he understands the concept of the jars, but he doesn't have anything he is saving up for. Sometimes he will tell me that he is saving up for a Lego set, but when I follow up with him, he says he doesn't want it anymore.
So the money just sits there.
Which is probably why this past weekend, I told my son to take some money out of his spend jar and we would go to the store. Here's a list summary of what happened:
- He told me that he had more money in his jar, but he only brought $26, because that is all he "felt like spending"
- We wandered the aisles of the toy section for an hour
- I had to talk him out of purchasing something he already owned
- He ended up with a Nerf-style bow and arrow set
- The entire drive home, he kept saying, "I can't believe you let me buy a bow and arrow!"
- Me either.
Now, he claims that the set is his favorite toy.
It's hard to know when to push and when to walk away, isn't it?