So the fair’s in town, and we’re going tonight. Only problem is the rides cost $4 a spin, which (if you ask me) is vastly overpriced for a carnival ride. I know TRC’s going to want to go on them, and I don’t want to be an ogre or anything, but . . . that’s a chunk of change. No doubt by the time I read your responses, I will have already made up my mind, but my question for you is: what would you do? Set a budget out for your four year old about how much money he can spend, just dictate to him that he can’t go on the rides, not set a budget and let him go to town, or buy him something else that’s an equivalent amount of money, but that he’ll be able to use more than for a few minutes?


  • By raisinfish, September 15, 2008 @ 7:26 pm

    It probably depends on your financial circumstances, as much as anything else. I’d set a budget, because we’re poor.

  • By brycemoore, September 15, 2008 @ 7:59 pm

    Meh. The carnival rides are the same as all over. There’s a demolition derby, though–and that’s included in the $5 price of admission (for adults. Kids are free.) We’ll have a good time. We just won’t have to shell out $$$ for the rides.

  • By raisinfish, September 15, 2008 @ 10:02 pm

    Lol. That’s awesome.

  • By Anonymous, September 15, 2008 @ 10:17 pm

    We don’t allow going on rides when we go — but we usually go to Disneyland once a year or we have a local amusement park.
    Anyway, my deal is I ask them if they want to go on that ONE ride or if they’d rather spend a whole day at an amusement park. They get the gist.
    However, if there’s one ride he really wants to go on, maybe give him 4 dollars and he gets to pick one. He’s old enough to budget. Or, maybe give him 10 bucks — and see what he decides to do.
    Stupid fairs. I hate them. πŸ™‚

  • By brycemoore, September 16, 2008 @ 12:04 am

    Re: Me
    TRC went for the Merry-Go-Round, and he loved it. $4 well spent. πŸ™‚

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