B.M.W.B #36 – Mum’s Shop

I get the Simple Savings emails once a month and quite some time ago someone had written in how they run a shop for their children every now and again instead of them going to the dairy and being over-charged for stuff.

I loved the idea – for me it’s about teaching financial skills as well. In a dairy the owner (and me!) just want them to pick something and get out. Many moons ago I worked in a dairy after school and I used to love the kids who came in with their 30c and picked out their lollies one by one asking ‘do I have anything left?‘ after each selection.

Over the last couple of months I have bought extra bits and pieces at the supermarket and other places and kept a record of the prices so I can charge the right amount (hate rounding with 10s though such a shame we have no 5c pieces any more).

On Friday after kindy Bounce and I set up the shop. Then after school – no homework hoorah! – we had 2 other families over (if you are going to go the effort…) and the kids all brought their money and came to ‘Mum’s Shop’. I borrowed a cash register (play one) from kindy and had all my change ready to go.

It was really interesting how the kids shopped – highlights for me were:

The youngest shopper who bought a ball and a mini-chocolate bar for his $1 and then asked me for some more money

My Bounce (3) who bought one thing, sat quietly eating it and then came back to the shop again, ate, returned until he was finished (he had money left at the end and he was done with shopping).

Flip (6) added all his purchases up in his head and bought everything at once. All the others just picked something and trusted me to do the maths and give them change

Another shopper said, with great delight, ‘you keep giving me money back so I never run out’ (he did eventually!)

We’re hoping to do Mum’s shop about every 4-6 weeks. The boys loved it so much. After the shop had shut they all played. Just before home time Flip decided to hand out spare packets of chips from the shop for free (bless his generous heart) and they all received a ‘taking things without paying is stealing’ lesson. (While the parents quietly laughed). Here’s what the stock looked like at the end and I have money to re-stock:

I really, really enjoyed the afternoon and it was really interesting to me which things went first (balls, glo sticks, chup-a-chups and 50c mixtures) and which didn’t have much interest shown surprisingly I sold more packets of raisins than I did mini-chocolate bars!

Do your children get pocket money? Would you do this?

 This year I am making more of a conscious effort to have quality moments with my boys. B.M.W.B (becoming the mama I want to be)  is my way of recording and hopefully inspiring other mama’s too. Please inspire me with the little moments you are snatching with your little people OR with ideas I could do with mine. If you have blogged about it please leave a comment so we can all visit and encourage each other. 

Simple. Achievable. Intentional: becoming the mama I want to be.


14 responses

    1. We did have a lot of fun with it

  1. LOVE this 🙂 what a beautiful idea

    1. The boys loved it – I’m sure your wee ones would too

  2. Such a lovely idea you are a wonderful mum. xx

  3. What a great idea Miriam. It will give them confidence for when they are older and teach them life skills.

  4. I love this – absolutely brilliant way of teaching real skills, and having lots of fun at the same time. 🙂

    1. Thanks Rosa – fun and learning seems to be a good combination

  5. Oh my gosh – what an AWESOME idea, I must remember this when the kids get older :-)!

    1. Yes not my idea originally but we did have fun with it

  6. Hey Miriam – we have done a similar thing but with just the recycled boxes of things – so you’ve inspired me to take things to the next level! We found an old fax machine on the side of the road which works wonderfully as a cash register and as my three year old is the shop owner, he can use the phone when he needs to re-stock the shop! Hours of fun:) Lovely idea. Well done!!

    1. I love that idea of phoning up to re-stock his shop – how cute is he!

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