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We have a family of 8, including 4 teenagers who love stuff. Whenever we or they want to buy something, we have one simple rule: Never think of an item's price! Instead we think of how many hours we will have to work to pay for the item. It keeps our hands in our pockets every time. It also works well for a teenager who has a job.


By Lynn from Northern Israel

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October 22, 20090 found this helpful

I did this many years ago when the kids were "wanting" more than they needed. It really works. They were amazed at what thing really cost.

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October 23, 20090 found this helpful

Yes! I always tend to think how long I worked to buy that purse, etc. Also, I used to point out to my kids that the local doctor worked an hour and their dad worked an hour, but the difference in what they earned was very significant. I let them know that they should consider that kind of thing when they chose a profession.

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October 3, 20100 found this helpful

We've always lived by those rules.

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October 3, 20100 found this helpful

Yes! incredibly amazing how quickly they realize that most things were far overpriced when it comes to how many hours it takes out of their lives to pay for it! And they quickly learn how to tell a great deal to be had when they start paying attention to cost at a store as opposed to what the cost of an item is when sold as "used" or found elsewhere!
Wanting a pair of roller blades that new were $80 for the least, found almost new at thrift store for $8 and far better than the ones for $80 they quickly picked them up! And were thrilled with the bargain!

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August 7, 20170 found this helpful

So true! So smart!

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