Inspiring Kids To Spend Mindfully

The £600 Challenge isn’t about spending, it’s about generating cash. It’s about clearing your clutter.

But an unexpected outcome of the challenge has been the opportunity to teach the Kids how to manage their money.

A couple of weeks ago we decided to make the £600 Challenge a family affair. You can read all about it here.

The Kids now have a monetary target themselves, outside of the challenge, which they are aiming for in order to each purchase a much coveted piece of equipment.

What this meant in practical terms was that last week, while we were holidaying in the UK, they purchased zero ‘tat’.

Definition of ‘Tat’:

tat noun (LOW QUALITY)

[U] informal anything that looks cheap, is of low quality, or in bad conditionLike most souvenir shops, it sells a lot of old tat. (source).

The Kids are very fortunate in that when they go on holiday, family usually give them a little spending money to take with them. This typically gets spent. The majority on what I would describe as ‘tat’.

But not this holiday. Want to know why?

Because of these:

Money Jars

(The jars are a visual reminder of how their fund is growing and they are getting closer to achieving their goal!)

These jars contain the cash they are saving to purchase their hearts desire – well their current hearts desire. Instead of spending mindlessly on holiday, they were much more considerate of what to buy as they intended on adding any holiday money left over to the jars at home.

The £600 challenge has really ignited their imagination.

And while we were away this comment popped up on the blog also from another mother, in reply to my post Trinkets Not Treasures.

“Thank you for this phrase! We went to the aquarium this week and had to go through the gift shop to exit the building. My 10 year old started telling me about the things she could buy there. I told her, “If you spend all your money on trinkets, you’ll never have enough for treasures.” She agreed and the usual argument and pouting were avoided!”
(Thank you Jenn!)

Not only are they selling their stuff to generate money, they are being much more mindful about what they spend – win-win!

An update on where we are with the challenge:

eBay currently = £17
Car-Boot Sale = £70
Family total: £87

This weekend a lot more stuff was listed on eBay so I’m hoping when I check in next week to see a sharp rise in the figure as there’s still over £500 to go, and we are into August already!
How is the £600 Challenge going for you?

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  • Catherine Dangerfield August 3, 2015, 8:05 pm

    £50 raised a few weeks ago and £75 raised at a car boot me and my daughter did on Sunday. Total of £125 so far, lots of items to list on ebay so not doing too bad.
    Enjoying the challenge ?

  • Tara August 4, 2015, 10:21 pm

    We have joined you in your £600 challenge. My sweeties want a computer to do their homework on. We currently have £57.00 from Ebay, £8.50 from Ziffit book sale, £130 birthday money (does this count?) Good luck with your Ebay sales this week x

    • Simply Being Mum August 5, 2015, 9:09 am

      Lovely to have you taking part Tara. There are no rules to the £600 challenge – it’s about us working together and staying inspired to clear our clutter and generate some cash. My total’s toward the £600 only include what I generate from selling clutter – but we are adding birthday cash to the kids totals when they make their purchase to top up. Jo x

  • Tara August 4, 2015, 10:21 pm

    We have joined you in your £600 challenge. My sweeties want a computer to do their homework on. We currently have £57.00 from Ebay, £8.50 from Ziffit book sale, £130 birthday money (does this count?) Good luck with your Ebay sales this week x

    • Simply Being Mum August 5, 2015, 9:09 am

      Lovely to have you taking part Tara. There are no rules to the £600 challenge – it’s about us working together and staying inspired to clear our clutter and generate some cash. My total’s toward the £600 only include what I generate from selling clutter – but we are adding birthday cash to the kids totals when they make their purchase to top up. Jo x

  • Simply Being Mum August 5, 2015, 9:07 am

    Fantastic Cate – keep going!

  • Tara August 5, 2015, 8:19 pm

    Thanks Jo, We certainly have some clutter to be cleared out. I’m looking forward to seeing the end result for everyone. X

  • Tara August 5, 2015, 8:19 pm

    Thanks Jo, We certainly have some clutter to be cleared out. I’m looking forward to seeing the end result for everyone. X

  • Mrs G August 7, 2015, 6:10 pm

    We’ve been dong this since the beginning of the year. YTD figure currently stands at £794.45 (my stuff) and £401.39 (kids stuff, for which they get the money) I set a target of £1500 for the year – not sure we’ll get there, but we’ll have a good try! And have also donated and thrown lots of stuff – we’ve been KonMari-ing! 😀 x

  • Mrs G August 7, 2015, 6:10 pm

    We’ve been dong this since the beginning of the year. YTD figure currently stands at £794.45 (my stuff) and £401.39 (kids stuff, for which they get the money) I set a target of £1500 for the year – not sure we’ll get there, but we’ll have a good try! And have also donated and thrown lots of stuff – we’ve been KonMari-ing! 😀 x

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