A crazy thing happened a couple of weeks ago. My daughter showed me that she has been absorbing all of my frugality talk. Actually, the story begins last September, when Hannah and her friend asked if friend’s mom and I could take them to visit the American Girl Place in Los Angeles. When they initially asked if we would take them, we said no. We thought that was the end of the conversation. And it was…for a while.
It turns out the girls were scheming of ways to make this little trip happen. One day, not too long ago, Hannah’s friend spent the night. At one point during the sleepover, they told me they were making a McDonald’s commercial and asked if I knew anyone at McDonald’s to whom they could sell it. Sadly, I had to tell them no. I chalked it up to pre-teen girls wanting to be famous. I couldn’t have been more wrong.
When Hannah’s friend’s mom came to pick up her daughter, the girls sprung it on us: they had planned the whole trip to Los Angeles, and they were hoping to earn money to pay for it by selling their commercial to McDonald’s.
What had they planned? Well, they had broken down the cost between driving and flying, to see which was more frugal. They chose driving. Then they did some research and found a hotel, figuring we’d all share a room and split the cost. They made sure to find a hotel that served breakfast, so we wouldn’t have to pay extra for breakfast. And they found the best internet rate. Wow.
What has my daughter obviously learned?
And what did I learn from this experience?
Which brings me to the end of the story. After talking with our husbands, we decided to take the girls on the trip. It’s Hannah’s 13th birthday soon, and we’re going to celebrate by doing an all girls trip to the American Girl Store in Los Angeles. We’re not driving. Instead we’ll be taking Allegiant Air, which offers very cheap flights between here and Los Angeles. We are, however, taking the girls’ advice and splitting the cost of a hotel room.
No, it’s not the most frugal trip in the world. We could have said no. But I believe this will be a great time of bonding with my daughter, and sometimes that’s well worth the money spent.
Photo by Sherry’s Rose Cottage.
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