Disney Souvenir Shopping with Kids

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Disney Souvenir Shopping with Kids

The Daily Disney, part of the Orlando Sentinel, has some thoughts on souvenir shopping with kids.   Says Kristin Ford, author the website’s A Mom and the Mouse column,

When they’re little, it seems easier because parents set the limits in simple terms. They can allow the child a choice among a few items and then say the spending is done.

The question then is whether that approach is appropriate when kids are a little older — say, in elementary school. There are certainly more questions, debates and pleading at that age, and it’s time to introduce the concept of a budget. The traditional approach is to give each child a set amount of money and the freedom to spend however the child chooses.

This article got me thinking.  I’ve been pretty lucky so far.  My seven-year old is the type of kid who rarely asks for anything and up until now the twins weren’t old enough to care, but I’m thinking that on our next trip in December, the twins are going to start asking and then, I’m going to need a plan. What about you?  Do you have a strategy or do you just figure it’s a vacation, why not splurge?  Leave a comment and let us know.

You can read the rest of Kristin’s column here.


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2 thoughts on “Disney Souvenir Shopping with Kids

  1. Our plan on our kids' first two trips was this. We told them that they each could get x number of items at the end of the trip. As they browsed the gift shops during the week & admired things we would tell them that they could get it on our last day at Downtown Disney if that's still what they wanted. This has worked out really well since the item they thought was so fabulous on day 1 was never something they ended up getting. We saved a lot of heartache & money this way.

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