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How My Kids Get $2
« on: May 31, 2014, 11:10:21 AM »
When we go out to eat as a family, which is usually about once a week, we would let the kids (now 14 and 11) order a soda, which was the only time they drank soda because we don't keep it at home.  I never really liked the idea because I think soda isn't healthy, but my wife had a point that making something off limits can make it an object of intense desire.

One day, in a flash, this occurred to me.  I told the kids that when we go out, they can order a soda, or drink water and I'll give them $2.  They almost always take the $2, and they really like it.  Not only are they not consuming all that sugar, they are learning the economic concept  of opportunity cost.  In this case, if they don't drink a soda, they can do something else with the money.

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Re: How My Kids Get $2
« Reply #1 on: May 31, 2014, 11:58:20 AM »
I love this!


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Re: How My Kids Get $2
« Reply #2 on: May 31, 2014, 01:05:33 PM »
I often tried this with my parents. We never ordered drinks at restaurants, but I would point to a menu item I "would have" ordered and ask if I could skip dinner and earn $6 instead. It only ever earned a laugh.

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Re: How My Kids Get $2
« Reply #3 on: May 31, 2014, 01:23:10 PM »
We joked about this too as the logical next step! 
I often tried this with my parents. We never ordered drinks at restaurants, but I would point to a menu item I "would have" ordered and ask if I could skip dinner and earn $6 instead. It only ever earned a laugh.

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Re: How My Kids Get $2
« Reply #4 on: May 31, 2014, 04:34:17 PM »
Brilliant and one of those obvious in hindsight things

I often tried this with my parents. We never ordered drinks at restaurants, but I would point to a menu item I "would have" ordered and ask if I could skip dinner and earn $6 instead. It only ever earned a laugh.

This also works well on first dates.

"Your treat?  I was gonna get the lobster but I'll order salad for $20 cash.  Win win!"

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Re: How My Kids Get $2
« Reply #5 on: June 06, 2014, 11:03:33 PM »
When we go out to eat as a family, which is usually about once a week, we would let the kids (now 14 and 11) order a soda, which was the only time they drank soda because we don't keep it at home.  I never really liked the idea because I think soda isn't healthy, but my wife had a point that making something off limits can make it an object of intense desire.

One day, in a flash, this occurred to me.  I told the kids that when we go out, they can order a soda, or drink water and I'll give them $2.  They almost always take the $2, and they really like it.  Not only are they not consuming all that sugar, they are learning the economic concept  of opportunity cost.  In this case, if they don't drink a soda, they can do something else with the money.

Love it.  Well played.
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