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AAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHHHHH!! I typed a long post and it got eaten.

Basically, 1. stop replacing ruined items and 2. give them a small allowance, and let them decide how to spend it. "I'm sorry, honey, I can't afford to buy a new X. It will take you Y weeks to save up your allowance, and then you can buy it."

When they want to spend their allowance on something immediate and frivolous, like candy, LET THEM, but point out the consequence. "If you buy candy today, it will take you Z MORE weeks to save for that movie."

If you can be consistent, and patient, eventually, they will start to get it. Not at first, but eventually.

And why the heck do you spend $40-60 on SHOES for an 8 year old? I don't spend that much on shoes for me. My 13 year old likes Converse and the last pair I bought her cost around $35, but she's gotten 15 months out of them.

Ishtar
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