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Old 02-18-2013, 02:58 PM   #1
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Anyone have tips on how to limit souvenirs?

I love to get souvenirs, and when it comes to my kids, I am a total softy when they want to get something. We have only taken a couple vacations since having kids, and usually I get them most of what they ask for. However, we just did our taxes and are not getting back as much as we were hoping. That means we need to be on more of a budget when it comes to souvenirs. So, how do I keep my kids from wanting everything and me from caving? If they were older, I would give them a gift card and say, "This is what you get. Spend it wisely." However, my kids will be 6 and 3 when we go. My 6 year old might get it, but he is still learning math in kindergarten and isn't able to really budget. He can understand that some things are cheaper than others, but my 3 year old. Forget it! He'll want everything! They do pretty well when we go shopping like at Target, but they always ask about getting toys. Sometimes our 3 year old will start crying if he doesn't get something, but never a full blown temper tantrum. We will occasionally get them something, but not usually. Grandparents - on the other hand - will get them almost everything they ask for. (But, that is another story for another day.) I guess we can try to avoid shops, but at the same time, I want them to have something. Do you have any tricks to help curb little ones wanting everything they see on vacation?
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