Trying to teach children the value of money nowadays is a different ball game compared to when I was the same age.

I first started working for my Dad when I was 12 years old.

Payment was in cash

When I’d spent it, it had gone.

Over time I learnt what I was and wasn’t happy to spend an amount of money on based on how much effort had gone into earning it.

When I first started going out of the weekend with my mates, I took a certain amount of cash and had to pace myself through the evening.

My kids nowadays rarely use cash.

The two older ones have debit cards.

This doesn’t mean they’re not going to be able to learn the value of money……….

I just think it’s going to take a bit of extra direction on our part.

Only tainng out of the cash you could afford to spend for night out is the perfect way to stop you overspending.

And we could choose a similar approach with our eating and drinking on a night out.

Imagine you’d only taken out 500 calories.

Or a thousand or two.

Once you’d spent it, it had gone.

It’s a self-imposed restriction of course.

But that doesn’t mean we can’t do it.

Maybe we’d give some thought to what we were going to eat and drink beforehand.

Maybe Google and check the menu where we’re eating.

Maybe check on MyFitnessPal for the difference in calories between 7 pints vs 7 large glasses of wine vs 7 gin and tonics.

Other drinks are available, of course.

Whatever the case, imagine that, like with cash, we’re just taking a certain amount of calories out for the evening.

And once they’re gone, they’re gone.

Much love,

Jon ‘In 60 Seconds’ Hall

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Jon Hall
Jon Hall

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