I have been trying hard to get Peter to understand the concept of saving money instead of spending it. In the past, as soon as $1 made it into his hot little hands he insisted that he buy something. Immediately.
We all know that the only thing $1 will buy a little boy these days is a Hot Wheel and that's only if Mommy pays the sales tax.
But finally, finally, I got him to understand that the only way he would be able to get something a little more satisfying than a cheap toy car would be if he collects ("collect" is a good word to use...little boys seem to understand this a little faster than "save") his money until he has enough for say, a small Bionicle or perhaps even a medium sized Bionicle, depending on how much he has been helping his Grandpa in the shop.
For the past 6 weeks, he has been collecting his money and has finally decided that he wants to spend it. Last week, he asked me to get him a certain white Bionicle when I went to Walmart to do my weekly grocery shopping. I told him that I would be glad to do that but when he got home from preschool he would have to give me the same amount of money from his piggy bank that I spent on the Bionicle.
His expression soured as if he had just sucked on a lemon and he said, "I don't want to do that. That would be wasting my money!"
It would appear that I still have a little left to teach him about spending, saving and using Mommy as his personal shopper.