"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." The same could be said about teaching little girls how to save for a hamster!
Giving up some of her vintage toys to sell at Jackie's store, Once Upon a Fairyland, Mary earned her very first paycheck - $54.28!
Mary worked hard this winter shoveling snow and doing extra chores around the house to make her little dream come true of purchasing her very own pet. Meet "Hammy" the Hamster!
Sure, we could have bought the hamster for Mary, but it was about teaching her the importance of saving money for something she really wanted, as opposed to squandering it on instant gratification of cheap toys. A few times she weakened and spent some of her money, only to realize she made a big mistake and needed to keep her eyes on the prize.
There were so many lessons for Mary to learn, it was really exciting! She learned the importance of working for her money, the reward of PRIDE to be able to buy her hamster and accessories (with a little help from Daddy and Mommy, but she's doesn't know that!), how to save, how to decide what was most important to her, how money works and the agony of "Buyer's Remorse" (Mommy, you were right. This was a cheap toy. It broke when I brought it to school. Can I have my money back since it broke?). She learned to compare prices and the value of something vs the time and energy it took to earn the money for it. Mary also learned sacrificing for her goal (giving up some toys that she liked, but didn't really play with in exchange for a paycheck!)
Unfortunately, Hammy bit Mary after the first day. Mary was crushed, absolutely heartbroken, over this betrayal. By the following day, realizing Hammy had the size of a pea for a brain, Mary had a change of heart and decided that she still likes Hammy. She approached Hammy's cage, a little less innocent, but wiser.