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My wife and I love movies.  I’m more the Action Adventure guy.  She is more the romantic gal.  As you can imagine it can be hard to find a compromise, however over the years we’ve been dating and now married, we’ve learned that we don’t watch movies so much for the movie – as much as we do for the experience.  Take this photo I took for example.  That’s my wife with a Extra Large bucked of popcorn from AMC theaters in Germantown Maryland.  What you may not be able to tell in that photo is that we are actually sitting on our couch at our home.

You see, for both of us – we are looking for a particular experience that this episode in our lives revealed.

The situation was we couldn’t afford to go see a movie but we still wanted to have the movie experience.  For me, all I needed was my 40″ Sony TV, Xbox 360 to rent the movie, and 2.1 Boss Speakers… Oh yeah… Turn the lights out, crank up the volume and I’m good to go.  My wife on the other hand…

For her, popcorn is everything.  And no… It can’t just be the pop secret bag in the Microwave.  Because I love my wife so much, I got in my car and drove 5 miles to the AMC theater – Ordered a extra large bucket of popcorn ($13.78!!) and brought it home so we could watch our $5 rental.

It was great.  Do you have any MUSTS for a good movie experience?

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As a man (26) with a wife and baby on way, our whole financial situation is about to change.  Forget money, our whole lives are about to change!  No more sleeping in… No more buying random stuff for myself… No more quiet evenings as I decide what new hobby I will take on next.  All those other things aside, money is still a big issue.

If you’re a parent, you know how expensive toys and such can be!  I went to target recently and was blown away by how much they are charging for about 10oz of colored plastic they call a toy! See I’m having a daughter, so I already know I’m in trouble, because if she looks anything like her mom, I won’t be able to say no. Enter Michaels.

My wife and I went here this afternoon so she could walk around and hopefully have her water break.  “Clean up on Isle 4.”  Sadly that didn’t happen so we are still playing hot potato with those gallons of fluid in her belly ready to split out anywhere… probably my car 😦  Anyway, as we walked around we came upon an amazing section of the store.  The dollar section.  Now we’ve all been there before but this time it was different.  This time we noticed all the amazing kiddy toys and baby stuff in this isle! We thought to ourselves how great it would be to take Zelda (Our little girls name is going to be Zelda, epic, I know) into this store.

Just think, we give her $10 dollars and tell her she can have anything she wants.  Think of the gratitude! I would be her hero!  I can hear it now, “Thank you daddy!  Your amazing.” My wife was totally on board with this too, because she saw the prices for all that random junk at target too.  Some people might feel bad for getting their kids stuff from the dollar section or from the dollar store.  Bump that, I’d much rather spend 10 bucks on some cheap toys, but another 10 bucks in the bank for her college fund and then go to GameStop and get a little something for Daddy 🙂  I mean just take a look at these adorable little pink oven mits we found for a buck!! My wife couldn’t believe all the fantastic stuff there was.  By the way, this is my beautiful, amazing, wonderful, godly wife in this photo.  39 weeks pregnant and she is still as hot as the day I married her.  But that’s another topic for another day.  Bottom line: You can save a lot of money on kids if you teach them to be grateful when they are young.  They don’t know the first thing about name brands or any of that stuff. Take full advantage of the dollar sections until they start asking for Levi’s, Uggs, and who knows what. Oh well, off to one of my other 139 hobbies 🙂

Question: How have you saved money with your kids?  How do you plan to save money with kids in the future if you don’t have any yet?  LEAVE A COMMENT!  Thanks!