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"Five Dumb Ways to Spend Money on Your Kids"

submitted on May 18, 2012 by equipurple in "Member's Lounge"
From an page two of article/slide show "Five Dumb Ways to Spend Money on Your Kids"
Among children 2 to 6 years old, just a 10- to 30-second exposure to advertising can influence food, drink and toy preferences...
Taken in by advertising, kids will push to spend money on expensive brands, a phenomenon so common scientists have a name for it: "the nag factor."

Less impressed with the other slides, but this one hit home.

Read more: 5 Dumb Ways To Spend Money On Your Kids |

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    Posted by pablos17 on May 18, 2012
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    My kids don't watch commercials and, thankfully, are not influenced by them. It's sometimes hard to not give in to them since they're so darn cute, but you have to remember who the adult is in such situations.
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    Posted by YanBz on May 18, 2012
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    This is why we don't have cable or broadcast TV at home. The only stuff we watch are educational programs on Nova (via Netflix) and movies.
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      Posted by pablos17 on May 18, 2012
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      Cut cable years ago and I don't miss it a bit; and really don't miss the monthly bill either.
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    Posted by mooncow728 on May 20, 2012 [reply] 0 0
    I always fall victim to crane machines and gumball machines. For a little while I just bought party favors, squinkies, or whatever other small toys I found for cheap and just kept them in my diaper bag. If one of my daughters was about to have a meltdown because I wouldn't buy anything I would just hand her one of the little toys. It was a lot cheaper and it saved my sanity. Sometimes the small purchases are just worth it as a parent but at least I figured out a way to make them cheaper.

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