Son I Think We Need To Talk About Money

Title Insurance with Pioneer Title Agency

My 6 year old son had a field trip to the pumpkin patch the other day. So I gave him $5 to buy a pumpkin and some snacks. He was very excited because he doesn't get to spend his own money very often.

He also had a book fair that I was unaware of because he left the paper in his desk rather then bring it home for me to read. He does this quite often which is the reason I search through his backpack diligently every night. I also ask questions but he always has the same answer "I don't remember".

Over dinner that night I asked him how he liked the pumpkin patch and astonishingly he went on and on about it! Then I asked if he had bought snacks or anything with the money we gave him. He replied, "Not at the pumpkin patch but at the book fair".

Anytime my children get excited about reading and buying books is a good thing. So I was expecting him to whip out a book that we could read together. I asked him what he bought and he said, "Fake money"!

AJ and I laughed silently because the irony was just too much. My son trading fake money for real money just didn't seem like a good trade to us. 

But as I told AJ least he could still be a politician! The way they spend money usually makes about as much sense. 

Comments (21)

Lori Isaacson
Credit Restoration Consultants - Plantation, FL

Now that my children have grown I really enjoy stories about little ones. Only a child can see the sense in buying fake money. He sounds adorable!! Enjoy every moment, it goes fast. Oh no..I sound like my mother .hahaha

Happy Friday!!   Lori  Isaacson

Oct 17, 2008 07:20 AM
Gary & Melynda Wolter (CRS) 480-269-1164
ProSmart Realty - Mesa, AZ
Reliable, Premier Personal Service since 2001

Cute! Everyone told me that mine would grow up fast and they were right mine are 12 & 14 now, so enjoy the innocent times!

Oct 17, 2008 07:25 AM
Pat Champion
John Roberts Realty - Eustis, FL
Call the "CHAMPION" for all your real estate needs

How funny- that is so cute.  Please remember and spend as much time as you can with your son.  They go up toooo fast.

Oct 17, 2008 07:33 AM
Chuck Christensen
Your Financial Coach - Bellingham, WA

Mandi Your son is a genus! and must have mental telepathy. Our money is already fake anyway...with no gold standard to back it up...our government can change the currancy anytime it wants and the other will be rendured useless in less than the few minutes it takes to print new money.

Oct 17, 2008 07:36 AM
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

It sounds like he'll make a great politician when he grows up we have been exchanging the real stuff for fakes for a long time.

Oct 17, 2008 07:38 AM
Angelia Garcia
Pure Realtors - Dallas, TX

If what is pictured is the fake money he bought, then he got back more than what he paid.  (In his eyes)

Oct 17, 2008 07:52 AM
Cheryl Willis
RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI - Mount Vernon, MO
MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law

I remember at that age saving up pennies to buy a purse.  Of course then I didn't have anything to put in the new puchase.  kids!    cw

Oct 17, 2008 08:02 AM
Jared Pomranky ~ Detroit Foreclosures
Urban Detroit Wholesalers - Detroit, MI

That's great!  You'll always be able to tell him about the day he took the money you gave him and traded it for fake money to play with.  Great story.

Oct 17, 2008 08:03 AM
Richard Weisser
Richard Weisser Realty - Newnan, GA
Richard Weisser Retired Real Estate Professional


This story had a terrific ending ... buying fake money with real money! lol

Oct 17, 2008 08:08 AM
Ted Komenda
Dunhill Group - Osterville, MA

What a classic story and isn't it funny what children will do with money!


Oct 17, 2008 08:17 AM
Home Loan Search.Online
Home Loan Search Online - Newnan, GA

Keep encouraging him to read. One day he'll see the real value and probably make more "real" money.

Oct 17, 2008 08:43 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

James- mostly cash under $100K we've still got buyers!

Lori- it does go too fast I was telling someone just the other day that it flies by so hold on!

Gary & Melynda- 10 & 6 it does go by too fast!

Pat- we do as much together as a family as possible!

Chuck- isn't that the truth!

Steve- I thought the same thing!

Angelia- he was most excited about being able to buy money and still get change back!

Oct 17, 2008 12:45 PM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Cheryl- who needs money when you have a new purse?? Don't women still do that?

Jared- I'm sure he'll love that one when he gets older!

Richard- thanks! Most of the time my husband beats me to the witty remark, but I got to it first this time!

Ted- I'll have to say I know a few adults who would probably think they got a good trade too!

Darrell- I love to read...Dr. Seuss is my favorite but my boys are not into Dr. Seuss so we have found other books that they like.


Oct 17, 2008 12:51 PM
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services
Charles Stallions Real Estate Services Inc - Gulf Breeze, FL
Buyers Agent 800-309-3414 Pace and Gulf Breeze,Fl.

How cute, what a wonderful story to share.

Oct 17, 2008 01:01 PM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Joyce- Thanks for stopping by. I'm glad you enjoyed it!

Oct 17, 2008 01:05 PM
JL Boney, III
Coldwell Banker - Columbia, SC
Columbia, SC Real Estate

I'd have to say that he may very well have a bright future in Congress.

Oct 19, 2008 04:00 PM
Garren Grup
John R. Wood REALTORS - Naples, FL
REALTOR, ABR, CNE,CDPE, GRI, Naples & Bonita Springs, FL

Sounds like he's two steps ahead of congress because not only did he get something back but it looks like he traded up in monetary value, fake or not!

Oct 19, 2008 04:05 PM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

JL- I was thinking the exact same thing!!

John- LOL too funny!!

Oct 20, 2008 05:10 AM
Sharon Paxson
Compass - Newport Beach, CA
Newport Beach Real Estate

That is too cute that he traded real money for fake money!!! I know my daughter in the past used to save her lunch money to buy things!!!

Oct 20, 2008 05:25 AM
Mandi Perkins
Pioneer Title Agency - Pinetop Lakeside, AZ

Sharon- Who needs lunch when you can save and buy "stuff"??

Oct 20, 2008 05:34 AM