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My eldest daughter just turned 11! She wanted a huge party with everyone from school invited but we just couldn’t afford it. We decided to give her $200 and told her whatever was left over after buying everything for the party she could keep. The only thing I bought was the cake. She cracked me up, quite quickly most of the kids were stripped from the list and she decided on a sleepover with 7 girls instead, she bought food, pool toys & things for games and ended up with $45 change and was very impressed with herself. Watching her shop for bargains was very funny and it gave her a good idea of how much things really cost!


Posted by beksmum, 23rd March 2015


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  • Love the concept here – so many lessons simply taught – including deciding what is a want and problem solving. Thanks for sharing this fantastic idea.

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  • huge party with everyone love parties

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  • I 100% agree with how you dealt with that.
    What a great idea, sounds like she was even happy with the left over money at the end.
    Great story!

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  • What an awesome idea! I love it!

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  • the story is exellent

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  • What a great idea and a great learning experience for her!

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  • What a great idea and some great life lesson in it

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  • GREAT IDEA !!! Finance , budgeting, lifeskills ..wonderful ..thanx.

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  • I actually read it on facebook and thought it would be a great idea, would definitely recommend it :)

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  • oh yeah that sounds like a really good idea! well done for coming up with that one!

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  • Good on you! A perfect opportunity in learning about finance and budgeting. Always good to start kids on financial literacy at a young age.

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  • What a great idea… kids just don’t realize how much things cost until they have to pay for it themselves.

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  • This is a great idea actually – I might steal it when my kids are a bit bigger!

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  • that is a great way to get her involved well done to you. Knowing that she got to organise it as well and shop for it herself is fantastic would have been a great time for all of them.

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  • That’s a great idea. She now knows even better the value of money! To have a nice time you don’t need indeed much money. Well done! And happy birthday to your daughter!!

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