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Old 02-18-2013, 08:35 PM   #29
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We've been going to Disney regularly since 2001, and DS gets a set amount of cash every trip to spend as he pleases. He can also bring his own money to spend if he likes, but once that $$ is gone, that's it for him.

When he was younger, he wanted to buy everything in sight and had his fair share of meltdowns in gift shops when I wouldn't buy whatever he wanted. On our first trip, I was very lenient and bought him a ton of stuff. I had no idea when/if we'd be back, and I was as enamored with all of the souvenirs as he was. By our 3rd trip, I was buying Disney items in advance from the dollar store to give to him. This usually did the trick and helped us to get through the gift shops without a bunch of whining. It can be difficult to stay out of the stores since many of the rides dump you right into one. The one gift shop I ALWAYS had trouble getting him out of was Pirates. From the ages of 3 - 10, I think we came home with at least 3 play swords every trip.

As he got older, he learned to spend his money more wisely. He still likes to browse in gift shops, but he usually doesn't make purchases right away. If he still wants an item at the end of our trip, he'll buy it then. We always go to Downtown Disney on the last day of each trip, so he likes to save most of his money for that day.
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