My 3 Monsters: How to Make a Buck

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How to Make a Buck

Remember trying to earn money as a kid?  I remember babysitting for my mom and dad (at age 9 or 10 . . . the horror nowdays!) for the accepted family currency -- candy bars.   I remember being elated to receive a quarter from the tooth fairy.  I remember, as a family, collecting soda cans, squashing them in the garage, and taking them to the recycling center to get a little bit of cash.  Mom and dad used that money for fun things like tickets to a gymnastics meet in which Mary Lou Retton was competing or Happy Meals at McDonalds (a much rarer treat in my childhood than in my own children's).  I remember selling Kool-Ade to passing neighbors on the street in front of our house on Mountain Road in Albuquerque.  (House #12509.  Don't ask me how I remember that.)  My point is, children had little access to money in those days and it was fine.

Fast forward 30 years to my children.  Often they have more money in the "Bank of Mom and Dad" than I do.  They participate in focus groups and research studies and are generously compensated.  Sydney saved up $200 last year to buy and iPod Touch.  She started her own pet sitting business, all on her own, to generate the revenue necessary to achieve her goal.  Now Ri has decided to sell a few things on ebay.  Just a few old Pokemon video games . . . the ones so old that they don't fit into the new Nintendo DS he is currently using.  We warned him he may not get very much.  He said he's be happy to get $5 for the lot of them.  The thing is, apparently unbeknownst to me, these games are collector's items.  His listing is up above $20 already, with a day and a half to go.  It absolutely boggles my mind.  My goodness, how the world has changed.


  1. So I am dying to know. How much did the games go for in the end? I might have some crap around here to sell.

  2. Just $23.50, but he is THRILLED!!!


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