1. Hannah

    Last weekend, I was at Once Upon a Child with all 3 kids to buy snow gear (and Rob was working). I almost bought Halloween costumes (our kids are already set), cute clothes that my oldest will never wear, and hair bows that our middle loves but doesn’t actually wear. On top of that, I actually bought both of my older kids a toy and we ended up at McDonald’s (good news- we also bought the snow gear).

    With kids, its tough to align spending and values, because the joy (even the temporary joy) is so contagious when you buy a toy (even a $1 toy from Goodwill). I prefer to spend time (and money and physical space) on memory building activities that the whole family can enjoy. Having friends over to actually play with the toys we have, spending time outside actually using our outdoors gear, visiting orchards, camping or visiting cabins. But at the end of the day, if I’m shopping with kids, I’m going to spend money on stupid things, and that’s just how it is for us. I prefer to see my kids briefly happy than to be the No Mom all the time.

  2. BOGO offers on things like snowpants are SO ANNOYING. Like, really, how many times will you need two pairs of snowpants?

    Socks, pants, shirts…ok. Snowpants seem ridiculous, though.

    Kohl’s is classic for this kind of sale and it drives me nuts!

  3. Jody

    I adore IKEA, and I love that their toys are both cool and inexpensive.

    I think the potty seat is adorable. I don’t even have kids.

    I try to hit an IKEA in early November to get toys for the Toys for Tots drive they have at work, since my $ will do more and go further.

  4. As with many of your posts, this one really spoke to me. I’m perhaps a little more disciplined than many parents due to my natural cheapskate tendencies and anxiety over the amount of stuff in our house, but in spite of those things I am constantly keeping myself in check and, honestly, I don’t always succeed. It absolutely is a grey area. Not everything is a need in the strictest sense, but young minds grow so much in the first 5 years and I want to make sure I’m providing what he needs to develop. That doesn’t always mean spending money and buying stuff, but sometimes it does.

    • Right on, Sarah! I feel like that about books. It’s the one thing I really have a hard time saying no to. But now I’m starting to feel that way about puzzles and so many other manipulatives! Thankfully, our library systems are great, and we can check lots of things out. Which means cost savings and NO CLUTTER (at least not permanently!).

  5. This weekend was splurgey! We found a family-friendly bookstore and I let JB pick one book from the new shelf for zir birthday (MONTHS away still) and two books from the used bookshelf for a total of $10, plus I let zir best friend pick a new book for zir upcoming birthday too, AND bought / ordered 4 books for birthday gifts. Because A) I am a sucker for books and B) I wanted to support the local bookstore. MOSTLY A though, B was mostly just an excuse. It was $20 to start with 3 more books to pay for when those orders come in.

    I remind myself that we scrimp elsewhere so we can pay a little more at local places.

  6. I feel this way about my godson! I was travelling recently, and I almost bought him a puppet, multiple books, stickers, and an assortment of clothes. I stopped myself though because he’s only one and won’t remember any of these things. He also has tons of stuff and absolutely does not need anything.

  7. Target and Kohl’s are the two places TwC views as his toy heaven. Once he gets into the toy section of both stores he refuses to leave unless we buy him something. Sometimes we get away with it by avoiding that section all together whenever we’re at the store but other times we give in at get him something really small and cheap so he won’t whine and cry. Crazy I tell you!!

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