September 22, 2010 at 6:32 am (learning fun, picture post, random Puffs, the continuing adventures of Superpuff)

“The only reason a great many American families don’t own an elephant is that they have never been offered an elephant for a dollar down and easy weekly payments.”

– Mad Magazine

Everyone knows that girls like to shop, and although I generally am a bit of an exception to this rule, my elder daughter is not. Teaball likes nothing more than to head out to the dollar store in search of a ‘special prize’ after a long hard day of behaving herself. It’s one of the things we do together on a fairly regular basis. It’s quick enough to do on the fly before dinner, cheap enough to do frequently, and it just makes her so happy – who could say ‘no?!’ And I have to admit that on these occasions, with my  lady by my side, I very much enjoy the shopping experience.

Sometimes she wants to use her own money, and so the baby bottle bank is upended and the coins painstakingly sorted one by one by one (as well as the random star and heart-shaped ‘gems’ that mysteriously find their way into her hoard).

I make her pick out all of the silver money, so we don’t hold up the line any more than we already will. I always try to make the experience as painless for the cashier as it is empowering for my daughter. They usually seem to be entertained. At this point they’re pretty much used to us. . .

T puts all of her money in the pretty little purple purse that used to belong to her cousin,

*cell phone image*

picks a clover bloom for the road, and is ready to roll!

*cell phone image*

After spacing around the store for a while and debating the merit of this vs that purchase (and somehow conning mom into buying that pack of stickers and that coloring book), T finally decides on the perfect thing. She always feels like such a grown lady paying the cashier for it all by herself and with her own money – you can just see her brimming with pride!

Another succesful shopping trip. . . and another elephant to add to her collection!


  1. Ma said,

    i wanna go shoppin with T!!!! sounds like fun 🙂

  2. Nonna said,

    Soooo cute – but try not to turn my little T-Ball into a shopaholic too early in life!

  3. Kendall said,

    Cute!! Sounds like fun, of course, and the dollar store is AWESOME! So, what happens when you pull the elephants tail? Do I even want to know?

    • Me said,

      hehee! He’s one of those little buzzy baby toys, he vibrates as his tail shortens. . . it just doesn’t sound right in print. . .

  4. patty said,

    sweet-she’s adorable

  5. Ki said,

    I wouldn’t mind shopping with her either. HER purchases are cOOl.

  6. FooFoo said,

    That is such a good idea to have her pay all by herself at the store. I should implement that with my little guy. You have a knack of making common experiences into fun occasions. Cute post!

  7. bluntdelivery said,

    this is so good that you are teaching her about money and the concept of earning it at such a young age. my parents did the same thing, and i believe it has carried throughout life and affected my work ethic, etc.

    then i have those friends who are 30 and can’t balance a checkbook.

    don’t have THAT kid.

  8. Nikki said,

    she is just the cutest thing. This is the 4th time I’ve read a post about pennies this week… it must be catching!! 😉

  9. wecki77 said,

    Too much fun. Tori knows she has her piggy bank, but somehow it has never been emptied or used. Hm…maybe she knows something I’m not realizing…

    Great photo of her with her purchase!

  10. Kelli said,

    Oh, The Dollar Tree! Still satisfies my children! The joy of $ trinkets!! ENJOY yet another elephant!

  11. deb said,

    I don’t like to shop either,
    but this is a whole different thing…
    I just love love that she brings that little purse. My youngest used to have to bring a purse everywhere just like me, and her older sister , one afternoon a girlfriend and I had quite a laugh when she emptied it out to show us and there were lots of adorable trinkets.. a hotel room card “key” as a credit car, a toy cell phone, monopoly money, and some feminine hygiene products. 🙂 She just assumed she needed to have those too.

  12. Kathleen Scott said,

    Every time I read your posts, I’m impressed with your parenting. T is getting the BEST education, before the age of 4, of budgeting and the value of money. Good Job!

    And she’s so cute…

  13. Amber said,

    Aww, how cute!!

  14. deb said,

    just stopping in to say hello…

  15. deb said,

    okay, now I’m officially missing your posts.
    hope you are crazy happy busy.

    love to you

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