Shopping, According to a Five Year Old

My kids have no saving bones in their bodies. If they have a handful of coins, they want to spend them. The most immediate shopping experience they usually have after acquiring some loose change is going to the grocery store. Their limited funds mean they’re buying things like gum or squishy animal things from vending machines.

Yesterday Grant had $1.44. He carried it in his plaid short pockets and jingled the quarters, dimes and pennies as he walked. As I unloaded the groceries onto the conveyor belt at the checkout he announced to everyone within hearing distance, “I have a LOT of money, you know.”

After much hemming and hawing, he chose a package of Rolos from the temptation rack. I helped him count out his coins and give them to the cashier; he was beaming with anticipation of the treat in his future.

As we walked out to the parking lot he said, “I traded my money for chocolate and a receipt!”

Love how kids can make you see a mundane task with fresh eyes. Yes, Grant, Mommy trades her money for food and receipts each week at the grocery store.

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