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Entries in shopping (6)


Talking Money with Tween Girls: aka Shopping Priorities

Opening up their first bank account

First Bank Account

Recently the Twofer open up their own bank accounts. After saving up allowance for a year, one had more than the other to deposit. One is a bigger shopper for sure. I'll let you guess which one.

We had to explain to her that while we often let them use their own money to make purchases, they ultimately decide on the purchase and so if your purchase cost more, you will have less money in the bank.

That's how it works kids.

We briefly discussed making purchasing decisions in the future but you know how hard it is for kids to grasp the concept of saving for the future. Heck, it's difficult for many adults!

Enter the holidays and gift card season. Yay!

Shopping Priorities

I recently took the girls out shopping to use their gift cards and it became a lesson in shopping priorities.

Sure, that sparkly notebook with a big glittery "E" on it is pretty - but don't you already have a BAJILLION other notebooks, and an a GAZILLION other glittery things??

Now this blouse (I hold it up), is not only pretty, it's practical because you can USE it, you don't have one like it yet (and frankly it will save me a little when it's time for spring shopping).

Yes, the blouse costs more, but you are getting one, quality product that you will use over and over again... as opposed to tons of plastic crap that will fill up my house and break in a month only to end up in the trash.

ONLINE Shopping Priorities and Virtual Piggy

So, it's one thing to head to a store with a set amount of money (either in cash or on a gift card) and shop. We can hold up the merchandise, feel the quality, try it on, and pause to make the decision if we REALLY want or need the item.

Shopping online is a whole different story, and yet our kids are of the generation that is going to do the majority of their shopping online. This online, virtual shopping can be dangerous. Example: I have the Starbucks app that let's you pay with your phone and add $25 to your 'card' right from PayPal. "I didn't feel that $25 at all," I exclaimed the first time I did it.

Luckily there are sites like Virtual Piggy that offer a great way for parents to help their kids through budgeting, saving and making smart online purchasing decisions.

With Virtual Piggy you set up a parent account and a separate child profile where you set allowance, saving goals, and spending controls. There are budgeting tools and kids can make a wishlist then shop their favorite retailers right online at shop.virtualpiggy.coml! It's the perfect tool to keep discussions flowing between parents and kids about making smart shopping choices.

Virtual Piggy offers tons of parental controls that you can loosen up as your kids mature and as you see they are making responsible financial decisions. For example you have the option to require approval on every single purchase, or just some, and you can set a maximum level per transaction, per day, per week, or restrict them to only shopping at certain merchants.

How do you talk about money with your kids?

Do you help guide them in their shopping choices? Have you let them make mistakes and learn from them?  I'd love to know!


Disclosure: This is a sponsored post from Splash Creative Media on behalf of Virtual Piggy. All opinions are my own and this post was not reviewed nor approved prior to posting.


Fashion Friday the iPhone edition

I'm probably the last social media savvy person on earth to NOT yet have a smart phone.

Until now..

I pre-ordered an iPhone on Verizon!!!

Thank the Good Lord above that Verizon is finally allowed to sell iPhones. I love my Verizon service. I also have a few friends who love to make fun of me for my non-smart phone. My current phone might not be considered "smart" but at least it doesn't drop calls....EVER!

With all the excitement of ordering a new phone I completely forgot about

Fashionable iPhone Accessories

And thank you Apple for all the choices like..

the Kate Spade new york Agenda


the Michael Kors wallet clutch


the Agent18 Slim Shield


the Cole Haan Small Leather zip wallet (in red of course!)

But then I found THIS

Kate Spade new york Janine Notebook Carrying Case

Did you see that? JANINE!

I was the kid to NEVER had the personalized mug, keychain, pencils, etc. I would scour through racks and racks and never, not once, did I ever come across anything with "Janine" on it. That alone justifies the $400 price tag for this right? Plus, it would hold my MacBook, my iPad, and now my new iPhone, and it would hold it all fashionably.

What do you think?




Fashion Friday: Animal Print Backpacks and Converse "Chucks" for back-to-school

You want to know THE SHOE all the kids have to have this season?

You've probably seen them around in every store, including Target.

If you shop online you'll notice things in red saying "Only 4 left".

May I present the ever-classic Converse Chuck Taylor All Star Sneakers :



I am not sure when The Twofer became aware of them. Last Spring you'll remember they fell in love with the purple Sketchers Twinkle Toes. Somehow (inner fashion sense?) they knew these would be the thing to have.

They are classic.

They Come in a variety of colors (seriously,check out this rainbow of Converse Chucks )

They are the perfect back-to-school shoe.

A Little on the WILD side

Of course what goes better with a classic shoe than a non-traditional backpack?



Bold prints are in for backpacks this year and my kids were tuned in to this fashion trend before I even had a chance to crack open the cover of this season's The New York Times: Fashion of The Times.

Again, a quick search online and many animal print backpacks are in limited supply so order one today if your daughter is pining for one!

What fun things did your kids ask for this year while shopping for school?


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My Trip to Lotte Korean Market - leave the neuroses at home

Indulge me if you will....
Here is the other title I considered for this post:
"Local Korean Market has a 'Lotte' Seoul"

L and I were running errands the other day near the local Korean chain of grocery stores called Lotte. I have never been in one but heard great things about Asian markets specifically that their produce is much cheaper and they have the freshest fish around at great prices.

I'm trying to get more one-on-one time with the girls and L is always one for an adventure so we popped in...and immediately started taking pictures like the tourists we are. The fact that all the signs are in Korean first, then English, kinda gives you and idea.

Tourist photo

First we strolled through the fresh fruits and vegetables many of which I have no idea existed...or even how to cut, cook and eat. Take, for example, the durian or King Fruit.
Durian "King Fruit" photo credit: Wikipedia

Next we ventured to the prepared meals area where we found a whole batch of sushi (yes, grabbed some to-go of
course), marinating ribs, a variety of seasoned tofu and veggies, a pre-packaged baby squid

Mmm, baby squid

and of course the Asian equivalent of the rotisserie chicken section....roast duck hanging by the crook of it's neck.

L with poultry. Duck on the right.

Finally, we ended our quick trip at the fish department. "Mommy! Look! Those fish have their eyes! Are they still alive?" I hear you just have to ask and the fishmonger will skin and fillet any fish you want to buy. The market was busy that day so I stuck with the pre-cleaned and cut packages of sole and salmon, but not before eyeing the open containers of self-serve shark steaks. Just pick up the tongs, grab a bag, and load up!

Jaws anyone?

I have to say my neurotic self was itching to grab the hand sanitizer and slather it on both of our hands. But I pushed those thoughts back and adopted the 'When in Rome' attitude. Sometimes the best way to know the fish is fresh is to touch it, smell it, hold it - we do it for fruit, why not for fish?

I also have to also note - I haven't been to other Asian markets but this store was Pristine with a capital P...not easy for any grocery store.

My basket quickly started to fill and we had only been down the far right side of the store! I'm definitely heading back there this weekend for produce and just to see what else there is. On the way to check out they had samples of a new grape juice that L seemed to really like. It was tart, almost unsweetened, but tasty all the same.

The BEST part? I got a basket full of fruit, veggies, sauce and fish for under $30.
What should I look for next time?
If anyone has experience shopping at Asian markets I would LOVE some tips on foods to try.

Considering kimchi,


A Sassy little shop with a Twofer discount

Welcome to Day 4 of A Little 2 Sassy's Blog Tour!

My bloggy friend MommaDJane just introduced me to a rock star twin mom named Kristina. Not only does Kristina have her own business, A Little 2 Sassy, but she makes much of the merchandise herself!

Kristina gets a Twofer Thumbs Up for finding the balance between being a wife, mom to 3 kids including twins, crafter, and business owner. PLUS - she's giving all Twofer readers a 15% discount when you shop and use code: 0809mamma15

I'm loving these Croc bows

They make Crocs acceptable as party shoes!

And the headbands...

But for me?

This Giraffe print wallet for only $19.99 is a must-have.

My belt collection could benefit from some bling...

Be sure to stop by A Little 2 Sassy and check out all the goodies. Read the Sassy Story and then tell me how you are going to use your 15% discount!