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Old 09-23-2012, 03:56 PM   #16
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My girls ages 10 & 12 will both have:

$25 disney gift card (from their birthdays)
$25 that we 'gift' them at the beginning of each trip
and additional money earned by doing extras around the house. Right now, dd10 has about $25 beyond that and dd12 has about $7 (guess who isn't motivated by money! )

My 6 year old son will have $25 that we have gifted him and $25 he has earned in 'extras'.

Our policy with them is as follows:
They get their one snack credit (ddp)each day to spend on a snack any way they see fit, their meals (and usually another snack) are covered and we usually buy a family type gift each trip (hats, usually....we love hats for some reason!) Beyond that, the kids must use their spending money for additional snacks/treats and any souvenirs they want.

We don't allow purchasing on day 1 because we find they are so excited they impulse buy and have buyers remorse later on. We have found that it's better for them to see the variety of what is there and save their purchasing for later on.

Three trips running that dd12 has come back with money to spare and dd10 is tapped out. The 6 year old spends all his money in the pirate store and the star wars store in about 12.2 seconds.


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Old 09-23-2012, 04:07 PM   #17
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we have 2 DD's. one 9 and the other is 17.
the 17 year old has a job, her own bank account so she is pretty much in charge of her own $$ and what she purchases. but she is good at her spending.
the 9 year old will go on our trip in november with a $100 disney gift card. she saved over $65 as of right now from chores, money from report cards and change she finds and puts in her jar. we will round it to $100 a few days before our trip.
the 9 year old really doesnt buy souvenirs but "snacks/treats" that we usually do not allow or purchase ourselves so she saves for each trip just to do that herself. Like ice cream, cotton candy, etc.
then she will usually buy a blanket.
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Old 09-23-2012, 06:32 PM   #18
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I would also say about $100 for a child. My 4yr old grandson picked out one set of Disney cars about $40, another car $20, a balloon, and my daughter picked him out a t-shirt and a hat. I bought my daughter and her family Disney gift cards for Birthdays, Halloween, Christmas, Valentines, Easter for Disney vacation 2011. They have asked that I do that again this year for the 2013 disney trip. My daughter took some things from home for him like the light up necklaces etc., that she found alot cheaper than at disney.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:29 AM   #19
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Our kids had $100.00 each to spend on our trip. They were 3,6&8 at the time. It was a combination of their own money and what we gave them.
Ditto for DD, 8 yrs old this trip. We'll be there for 6 days. She's great about weighing out her options & figuring our what she'll be happiest with long-term. She may decide to buy 50 little $2 things, or one big ticket item.
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Old 09-24-2012, 01:36 PM   #20
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When we went last time my kids got about $100 total from my parents, my inlaws and my grandmother.

they each bought a hat at south of the boarder ( my dd9's hat broke on the way down)

they both got a stuffed animal at seaworld,
they both got a stuffed animal at DHS ( goofy and perry)
and a few other treats (pins, lanyards and my dd got a halloween shirt, my ds got a pirate treasure box).

we bought them each a autograph book and a pen and they still came home with $$
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Old 09-24-2012, 02:53 PM   #21
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We are also in the $100 per child camp. We have a DS (9) and DD (6) and they have been saving their allowance, doing chores and getting Disney gift cards for their b-days and in their Easter baskets, etc. We go for 10 days and on both previous trips that amount has worked out great. We also get them a shirt and when Grandma goes along she usually gets them a stuffed animal as well. They each have their own wallet that I keep for them and they make all the purchses themselves. It is a great learning experience. The only thing we ever vetoed was one of those light up twirly buzz lightyears for $12 outside the HHMR. DS wanted it more because it was there and he was tired and we knew it was a bad idea. He got over it and was happy to have the money for something else later
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Old 09-24-2012, 03:04 PM   #22
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We usually give each of girls about $50. Not only do they get what they want, but they have some left over for the nextr trip. We have 6 yo triplets.
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Old 09-24-2012, 04:31 PM   #23
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We just got back this weekend and my kids DS10 and DD7 both went down with $100 each to spend (savings from chores, b'days & their $1/each a week they get in the mail from their great grandmother) and DS got another $50 from grandparents for his b'day while we were there. DD came back with almost $20 left and DS about $40. We also didn't let them buy on the 1st or 2nd day b/c there is too much to see and try to figure out what they wanted. We were also in the same boat as a pp about the snacks -- if they wanted something other than their 1 snack from the ddp, then they could buy it.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:06 PM   #24
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My daughter, now 7, takes $100 of her own money. I let her decide the amount, within reason. We go for a week. I carry it in her coin purse separate from my money. This way if I loose it I have to cough up the lost amount. If she looses it, she will learn a very sad life lesson. She is very particular on what she spends with her own money and keeps track of how much she has left. The first year we went she went bonkers spending my money and anyone else who would buy her something.
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Old 09-25-2012, 02:45 PM   #25
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my girls (6 & 3) will each have $100
we are there for 7 days...$50 for the first half of week, $50 for second half

my 6 year old will spend every penny of the first $50, be cautious with the second $50 and will insist on spending her "change" on crap at the airport on the way home!

3 yr old has no concept of money. she is as happy with a $1 item as with something expensive. it will be more a matter of wanting to buy something every time big sister does.

i will probably buy them one or two things...most likely clothing or extra snacks as they won't want to spend "their" money on that kind of stuff

MIL and FIL will be with us for part of trip.
they want to buy ears for the girls...and my MIL is a bit of a shopaholic (and can NOT say no to girls) so i am going to have to keep an eye on that!

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Old 09-25-2012, 03:43 PM   #26
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my kids usually take about $100 (each) of their own money.
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Old 09-25-2012, 04:04 PM   #27
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We always take gift cards for souvie money as well. Even my husband and I have our own souvenir gift cards. I think $50 is a good starting point. This is what my husband and I "give" our kids. If the kids have additional birthday or chore money they want to spend as well, we will order gift cards for whatever amount they want to add to the $50. They know going that when the gift card money is gone, no more souvenirs. If they choose to blow it all on day one, so be it. It has worked out well, and our kids have become very thoughtful of how they want that money spent. Our kids are: 13, 10 and 6.
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:01 PM   #28
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We bought each kid a $50 Disney gift card to spend how they want. We purchase autograph books for them and one other thing. For DS9 it was the r2d2bucket and for DD7 a pick a pearl.

She had to use her money for the setting. Dd spent all of hers. She has one of those charm necklaces (purchased with her money last trip) , so she got 4 charms, her charm for her pick a pearl and a shirt.

DS got a yeti necklace and sorcerers card booster pack. We actually owe him $25.

They are good about not spending it all at once and not the first day. They know once it is gone..... It's gone!
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Old 09-29-2012, 04:14 PM   #29
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The grandson saved his own money and took $200. He had to go to the bank and take it out of his savings account then buy a Disney gift card. Anything he wanted to buy he had to use his gift card. It was a good lesson for him and he worked hard just to earn the money. We were there12 days and he spent every cent!
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Old 09-29-2012, 05:33 PM   #30
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As of now my DS3; and DD6 each have a $50.00 gift card! I have a 100 and DH has 200

I plan on doing BBB and the pirate league for them as well as a shirt or hat which ever they choose anything else they must use their gift cards! The first time we went I was a sucker I thought it was a trip in a life time so I didn't say no!

But I planned and booked a trip in Nov. and a cruise in 2013 so I know we won't be spending a lot on toys and etc, we also have the deluxe dinning plan so we should be fine on snacks and food.
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