the edge of learning the value of money

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When I was growing up, there was a small drug store that was 4 blocks from my house.

It was called Park Drugs.

The drug store had an old fashion soda fountain in the front and a pharmacy in the back.

On the ledge by the front window on the street were always several boxes of small toys to attract the attention of kids.

I was fascinated by this one particular army toy in one of the boxes of toys.

It was not the typical army toy that included, jeeps, tanks or trucks.

It was a half-track.  It was so cool!

That toy is shown in the picture above.

I was getting a weekly allowance in those days to complete chores around the house, such as taking out the garbage, moving the lawn, washing the dishes after supper (we did not have an automatic dishwasher).

I really, really wanted that army toy.

I was very young at the time, and my math skills were not so good.

So each Friday when I got my allowance payment, I asked my mom if I had enough money to buy the army toy?

For 5 weeks, she said, “No.”

After the 6th week she finally said, “YES.”

The toy was priced so that it took me 5 weeks of allowance to pay the purchase price and a 6th week for the sales tax.

I ran to the drug store with a hand full of change and happily purchased the army toy.

I still have that army toy.  It is one of my most prized possessions.

The plastic is getting old and brittle.  The axles for the wheels have a heavy coat of rust on them.

However, I keep it on my desk to remind me of the value of money.

What is your edge of learning of the value money?

Did you ever want to buy something really, really bad but did not have enough money to make the purchase?

When did you learn to save the money to purchase something that was important and valuable to you?

What other lessons in your life were associated with money?

Do those lessons still influence your attitudes towards saving money, spending money or the actual value of money?

Out There on the Edge of Everything®…

Stephen Lesavich, PhD

Co-author of the award-winning and best-selling book:  The Plastic Effect:  How Urban Legends Influence the Use and Misuse of Credit Cards.

Regular columnist: Positive Impact Magazine

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