The Curse of the Ugly Debit Card

So last night, Mackenzie sent me this image and then this (text) conversation really happened in my house:

 

longchamp bag

Her: 70% off. Please
Me: You don’t carry bags
Her: I would if I had this one
Me: You have a Coach that you don’t even carry. *I* don’t even have a Coach
Her: It’s a wristlet ^^^^ Not a purse
Me: You can save for it
Her: Mom
Me: Kenzie
Her: K!
Me: It’s a great deal. I agree
Her: Ok goodnight
Me: But this is why you need to stop blowing your allowance. So you can buy these kind of things
Her: Okokokokokokok. Byeeeeeee
Me: Bye. Love you.

A few minutes pass and then….

Her: OKAYYYY. WELL I OBVIOUSLY CAN’T FIND MY CARD SOOOOO MAYBE WHEN I FREAKING FIND IT IT WILL HAVE SOME DANG MONEY ON IT
ME: :(
Her: Why is it blue. Why can’t it be a color I want it to be.
Me: Uh
Me: No idea
Her: Why can’t we have Wells Fargo
Me:  What???
Her: It can be a Lilly if we had Wells Fargo
Me: OMG I’ve heard it all now
Her: But nooooooo we have some no name brand bank…. (note – Our “no-name” bank that we got her debit card from is PayPal…)
Me: Goodnight
Her: That has boring ugly debit cards
Me: You could have no card. You’re insane
Her: Night. Not really but okay

Uhm. Wow. I could do nothing but laugh. We got her a debit card last year so she could learn to manage her money and that’s how she gets paid her allowance. And honestly, I don’t over-indulge my kids, so it’s not like I would have thrown down the cash even for a ‘great’ deal. But this kid will spend the same $25 ten times over. It blows my mind.

Kristen Daukas
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