Wednesday, June 26, 2013

He's a Cheap Date

My first giveaway.  Could you use a $25 Visa gift card? Just leave a comment to this post and  I will announce a winner next week. No strings attached.

This giveaway is sponsored by the They have several autism awareness designs available and wanted you to know about them.  Yours, should you win, will come with the $25 gift and you can reload it then as needed.

One of Reid's current IEP goals has to do with spending money in the community.  Or as some call it: shopping.  He can go pretty far on $25.  I keep his debit card pre-loaded with that safe amount and it lasts for weeks.  As he ventures out with his classmates to the shopping center near the high school, he might spend $4.51 at Rubios or $1 on a Sprite or maybe more if I give him my short grocery list.

Reid is a cheap date. He isn't addicted to Starbucks. He doesn't shop for the latest fashions. He prefers a VHS tape for 50 cents to a DVD. He doesn't go for pizza and a luxury theater with friends on weekends; he's content with YouTube.  

So when he asks for a box of 12 Ticonderoga pencils at Staples or a bear claw at Panera it is easy to say yes. Likewise, at Disneyland last week when he asked for this oversized lollipop, I said yes.  I had already stipulated we would not buy a DVD souvenir this time.  Not one for extraneous spending myself, I can go a whole day without so much as a water bottle. Saving myself for a better deal outside the park, I try to pass along my frugality without starving or dehydrating the poor kid.  He did well searching for water fountains, "just browsing" at the gift shops, and skipping the sub-par Mexican options.

He gets more mileage out of a $5 lollipop than any kid I know.  It was so worth it. Thanks to "beautiful Molly" for capturing 23 seconds of our gleeful day on tape!

How would you spend your $25?  Tell me in a comment. Thanks for entering the giveaway;)

Until now you have asked for nothing in My name; ask and you will receive, so that your joy may be made full. John 16:23-25

My son, eat honey, for it is good, Yes, the honey from the comb is sweet to your taste; 
Proverbs 24:12-14


  1. Love this video! And would love a microphone lollipop "for real life" as my son would say. Wish I had Reid's gift to go weeks without spending a full $25.

  2. it would be fun to take $25 in quarters and throw them around a playground and watch the kids have fun finding them

  3. I have no idea what I'd do with $25. Maybe I'll win & find out! Glad I made my way to this site. I was intrigued by your brief comments about Mary Poppins & autism over on the WomensVoicesForChange website.

  4. $25? Hmmm. Cash slips through my fingers like water, but gift cards stay in my wallet forever. I'd have to re-gift it to someone else so it would actually get used. Would be nice to give to a caregiver who's having one of those "is this is ever going to end?" weeks. Because we all know "it never ends". It changes, gets better and then challenges arise again. But we love our special kids and they'll be our kids forever.

  5. Buy my son some books. It is the only time he is still.

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