Parents: Would you be mad if your child saved their lunch money behind your back?

About 2 weeks ago, I started saving my lunch money and I'm been doing it for 10 days and so far I've made $70. Except I spent $10 yesterday, unfortunately. I'm planning on saving the money everyday and by the time I graduate, I'll have at least 3,000-4,000$.

And I've come up with other ways of

About 2 weeks ago, I started saving my lunch money and I'm been doing it for 10 days and so far I've made $70. Except I spent $10 yesterday, unfortunately. I'm planning on saving the money everyday and by the time I graduate, I'll have at least 3,000-4,000$.

And I've come up with other ways of getting money from my mom too like I told her my gym uniform costs $10 more than it actually did so that I could get an extra $10 and I'm getting $20 on monday because I told her that I needed more gym stuff but I really don't, and I'm going to keep the money. And I tell her stuff like I need money to get poster boards and school supplies for different projects and stuff but I really don't and I just keep the money.

And tomorrow, my mom's giving me money and I'm supposed to go out and get a new video game from the mall but I'm not really going to get the video game. I'm just going to keep the money and go to the mall and come back and pretend that I got the game.

But I'm scared that my mom will find out. I don't know if she'd be okay with me saving my lunch money. If you found out that your child was doing this, would you be mad? Would you take the money away or let them keep it?

Best Answer:

salamone: you sound like a real winner.

I think I'd be mostly mad at myself, if I were your mom, for raising such a greedy little person. what are you going to spend your money on? you'd be DONE in my book, if I were your mother. that's not okay. you value your own profits over your mother working hard to provide for you. it's so awesome that you think it's okay to take advantage of others for your own benefit.

Other answer:

salamone:
Sounds like you are old enough to get a part-time job.
You can save a lot more that way, and develop some independence.
So; no, I would not be mad, but would point out that what I gave you was intended for a certain purpose. If you do not eat at school then you are making up for it with what you eat at home.I am paying twice for your meal; once for the meal you didn't eat, and once for the extra meal you ate because you came home starved.
I'll split the difference with you; you get $3.50 for lunch, use it or not.
As for the lying, I would insist that from now on, you must give me a receipt for even the smallest amount of money you are asking for. No receipt; grounded for the weekend. Do it twice; the month. Third time, if you want anything at all, except the basic necessities, then get a job a pay for it yourself.
Sound harsh?
Someday you will have to live in the real world, and no boss or husband is going to put up with this.
Logan:
Saving your lunch money won't be the problem. It's the stuff about telling her things cost more than they do that will get to her. You're safe on the video game one unless she asks to see the video game and asks you about it. She will take the gym stuff badly should she find out because you're lying to her but saving your lunch money and the video game money she shouldn't have a problem with.
Kathy S:
Yes, because that would mean they're not eating their lunch. Plus, it means they were not honest with me, and that is very concerning.
Barry A:
If my kids saved their lunch money, I would have had no problem (actually they did).
The rest is outright theft.

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