Pocket Money on Cleaning Day

wpid-20150523_121145.jpgOn this Cleaning day we went to Kumpula, a lovely suburb with  old wooden houses (and one of the very reasonably prised outdoor pools in Helsinki), that closes off a street, Limingankatu, for the flea markets. As I’ve  been paying more attention to exposing our kids to money, I gave both kids 2e each. It’s not a big surprise my daughter bought a Barbie, barbie bike and clothes, and my son bought two cars.

The fun part was, however, to watch them go about the money: my daughter ran to the stalls wanting to use up all the money and then asked for more. She had heaps of fun.

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My son, for the first time, as far as I can remember, dared to ask himself about the items and prices, paid himself, was super proud of himself and happy about his cars – and then announced that he’ll  save the rest of the money in his wallet. Different characters, different ways, both had fun and we had a change to get to talk a little more about the value of the coins.



  1. I love how they both handled it differently – and you let them both be different with it! How fun when they get to learn and be responsible and not realize the lessons!

    1. It is amazing how different kids can be though!

  2. So interesting how our children can be so different, right? My kids were the same: one would spend as soon as she got it, the other would save and think very long and hard before deciding what to spend it on.

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