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Old 12-31-2012, 01:47 PM   #1
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Grrr...spending money for kids

We are having a lot of disagreement in our house about how much spending money is appropriate for DD4 (will be almost 5 at time of trip) and DD2 (2.5 at trip time). My husband claims $10 each is fine since my mom and I will both be with them. My mom was upset that I put their Christmas money ($100 each) in the bank instead of letting them have it for spending money at DW. I was thinking $50 for DD4 and $30 for DD2 would be plenty. My mom will only be with us for 2 park days and I am on a very tight budget myself so we won't be ATMs for them. DD4 is in a huge Rapunzel stage but already has a ton of Rapunzel stuff so I don't know what else she will be interested in. I have a feeling she will spend money just to spend it but will probably be fine with only buying one thing all week. DD2 has no concept of money but does cute things like pick out a toy and kiss it and then look sad and tell the toy bye bye when I tell her we can't get it. She will probably be all about the food but I'm planning on bringing snacks along and I will be paying for any other snacks the girls want. What has been your experience with spending money for this age?
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:11 PM   #2
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To be really honest, $10 isn't going to get a child very far at Disney unless they want a single trading pin, magnet, or a postcard or something. You might be able to get her interested in doing a pressed penny collection, and you could bring lots of pennies and quarters to press and keep. Or she could buy an autograph book and pen and then you can build up getting the character to sign the book she bought with her own money. It's hard with preschoolers and toddlers to get them to understand the concept of money, so perhaps you could hit up your local Dollar Store or something and buy some Disney merchandise and bring it with you? That's what we do when we take my nephew along on trips, and when he gets caught up on a toy in a store we present him with one of the little things we brought along with us and he enjoys that just as much and has something to pass the time in line for the next ride with.

But for spending cash, from the time he was about 3 on, we always made sure he had about $75-100. He'd get a tshirt and that'd be between $20-25 of the money, a stuffed animal would be another $20-25, and he'd always spend money on an ear hat and a light chaser to use at night. Just between those things, he had hardly any money left. This last trip he was 6 and he spend over half his money on a Duffy bear. It was $30 for the bear and $20 for a Buzz Lightyear outfit. Also, if your daughter is a huge Rapunzel fan there is merchandise at the parks with her on it, including the princess dress up gown. If you think at any point she might want one, it might be worth it to go to Target or a local Disney Store and grab one of the cheaper costumes to bring along. Our Target has a decent looking Rapunzel gown for $15. To buy it at the parks is about $90 a dress, I think.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:12 PM   #3
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I really can't imagine a 2 yo having any spending money.

On Disney trips with our kids when they were around 4 or 5 they didn't have any spending money either.

Them knowing this was a vacation, not a shopping trip, kinda helped them to enjoy the parks and attractions rather then the gift shops.
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I honestly think every family is different, and every child is different. What might be right for one might not be for the next. I would at least make sure each child gets to pick one special thing. Another suggestion is to bring extra toys for them from shops back at home.

For my family it is just me, DH, and DD. We make a budget for what the adults can spend as well on souvenirs. What I am doing this time is 400 each adult, and 200 for the kiddo. I think its fair because its half of what we spend, and usually a lot my money would go towards her anyways.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:38 PM   #5
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We did Disneyland in May when my boys were 2 and 4. My mom gave them her change jar to bring with them. I think they both ended up with about $25 to take with them. Neither one really wanted to buy anything. YDS picked out a Mickey shirt and they both got a Mickey ice cream sandwich. They brought the rest home for their piggie banks. My kids LOVE to save money though.
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Old 12-31-2012, 02:52 PM   #6
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We are going in a couple of weeks and our kids are 8 and 4. They each got a $25 gift card for Disney for Hanukkah this year for their spending money. We were there just a year ago, so they won't need to buy too much stuff. ds has his perry hat he is going to wear and might want a new t-shirt. Dd wants new ears and maybe a t-shirt. They don't need much more then that.

It's up to you, but I would not go crazy.
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Last year we took our 3 children all under 5 to WDW. They were each allowed to pick 1 stuffed animal out that was under $20. They also got 1 shirt each. I think that you were right to their money in the bank. Just let them pick something out that they want, who knows your 2 year old might just want some candy that costs $5. You can definetly find souveniers for under $10 if you look hard enough. The best place to shop is at Downtown Disney's Disney Store--it is the biggest in the world I have heard.

We also bought 1 Christmas ornament and that was for all of us. Try to buy some Disney goodies ahead of time at the $1 section of Target, Michael's crafts or Dollar Tree. This serves as a great way to surprise your kids and keep them happy without having to spend $$ at WDW.
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For kids that young, I would just tell them they can each pick out a toy or two at the end of the trip. If the amount is within reason, go ahead and buy them. Half the fun is looking at gift shops and deciding what they really want the most. We never actually set a limit for our kids. We just tell them to show us what they want. If it's too expensive, we don't buy it. They usually end up choosing things that are perfectly reasonable, and they understand they can't always have the really expensive stuff.
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We are having a lot of disagreement in our house about how much spending money is appropriate for DD4 (will be almost 5 at time of trip) and DD2 (2.5 at trip time). My husband claims $10 each is fine since my mom and I will both be with them. My mom was upset that I put their Christmas money ($100 each) in the bank instead of letting them have it for spending money at DW. I was thinking $50 for DD4 and $30 for DD2 would be plenty. My mom will only be with us for 2 park days and I am on a very tight budget myself so we won't be ATMs for them. DD4 is in a huge Rapunzel stage but already has a ton of Rapunzel stuff so I don't know what else she will be interested in. I have a feeling she will spend money just to spend it but will probably be fine with only buying one thing all week. DD2 has no concept of money but does cute things like pick out a toy and kiss it and then look sad and tell the toy bye bye when I tell her we can't get it. She will probably be all about the food but I'm planning on bringing snacks along and I will be paying for any other snacks the girls want. What has been your experience with spending money for this age?
Do 2- and 4-year olds need "spending money"? It's not as if they will be thinking about sticking to any kind of budget when they're at Disney. The 2-year old certainly has no concept of money at all and the 4-year old has only a limited understanding of what a dollar buys. It sounds more like you husband wants you to set a limit on what you spend on "stuff" for the girls. You know what kind of budget you have to work with. Just tell the kids they can each have one souvenir and direct their focus on the things that fit your budget. If it's $10 per child then so be it. There are lots of little things that you can get for that amount.
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For kids that young, I would just tell them they can each pick out a toy or two at the end of the trip. If the amount is within reason, go ahead and buy them. Half the fun is looking at gift shops and deciding what they really want the most. We never actually set a limit for our kids. We just tell them to show us what they want. If it's too expensive, we don't buy it. They usually end up choosing things that are perfectly reasonable, and they understand they can't always have the really expensive stuff.
This is exactly what we have done. Last year, my father in law gave them each $40 to spend and it was so painful watching them try to spend that much money. They were spending just to spend and not because there was something that they wanted.
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For kids that young, I would just tell them they can each pick out a toy or two at the end of the trip. If the amount is within reason, go ahead and buy them. Half the fun is looking at gift shops and deciding what they really want the most. We never actually set a limit for our kids. We just tell them to show us what they want. If it's too expensive, we don't buy it. They usually end up choosing things that are perfectly reasonable, and they understand they can't always have the really expensive stuff.
Ditto this for me, too... for our first few years, our girls really didn't even think to look at the items and WANT them, we just admired. They now can admire with a desire to "get something" a little more, so we let them pick one thing (for a reasonable price) and we'll get it for them - that could come from "spending money" I suppose, but at your kids' ages, mine didn't have a good concept of money and it would have been much more work. Besides that definitely putting the money in the bank seems like the best idea to me!
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My 5 year old son did chores for 6 months before our trip (now that we are home, we've jumped right back into that daily chore routine and will.continue.the reward system as well). He earned ten cents per star earned for each chore (making his bed, brushing his teeth, picking up his toys in a timely manner, helping the adults in the house in some manner, and dusting the tv stand). He ended up with about $40 to spend while we were at Disneyland last week. I put in an extra 10 so he had $50...and we put it on a Disney gift card of his choosing from the Disney Store. He only spent half of it while we were there...as shopping wasn't his favorite thing to do.

That being said, I think your totals for your kids are fair and about right.
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I would go one of 2 ways. Don't bring it up to the kids or start teaching the 4 yo a rewards for chores system.

At these ages, they won't really have any concept of waiting to buy what they really want or how to save or why they can have toy a but not toy b. You could easily gauge their reactions to things and buy what you see they really want.

Or for the 4 yo you can start a small chore system. Depending on what they already do consistently, use it as a way to teach them new skills or help them improve on ones they already have. Pick up your laundry/toys = 25 cents, help mommy dry the dishes= 50 cents. It doesn't have to be much but it adds up fast and helps them see a positive consequence to their actions.
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My kids are 3 and 4. They both save money in their piggy banks and have wallets for spending money that they bring with them if they want to buy something. (They usually only have a max of $5 in their wallet.).

I think it's a good idea to give your kids some money to budget. I would think that $10 is enough for a treat or 2 that they could choose themselves. Then let them choose one bigger souvenir at the end of the trip that fits in your budget. That way they can have some control over the small things without being overwhelmed by a huge amount of money.
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Old 01-01-2013, 08:19 AM   #15
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We have never given the kids a set amount of money anytime. It just does not work for me. Kids as young as yours, truly do not understand the concept of cost of items and their value and worth. I am very conservative in buying for the sake of buying and it makes me a little crazy to give a child this amount and say spend it. What always has worked for us is to tell the boys to look all week and on the last day we will buy the one (or two) things you want the most. They know I do hold veto power if it cost too much. We avoid most gift shops and DTD most trips but they still have plenty of ideas by that last day. We do not carry anything in the parks we don't have too so they know we don't purchase anything. We save time that last day to do back where ever they want to get something. This year we told DS 6 he could choose one thing at our gift shop at the resort that we passed everyday, and one thing at the star Wars gift shop. We did end of with one other purchase there but that's a long story! My sister's family goes to WDW very frequently and they have always given their boys a set amount (WAY more than I ever would) and it works for them.
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