The Finance of Friendship
Summer is almost over (already for some of you) and if it was anything like mine, it was filled with trips to the beach, the pool, the skatepark, sleepover drop-offs, birthday parties and general shuttling about around town.
The core on my crew is four kids - my two boys (ages 10, 13) and two of their friends (ages 13, 14) from the neighborhood. They like to stay busy which I am all about and fully encourage.
Staying busy means burning calories, calories that need to be replaced.
So I feed these boys a lot. And hydrate them.
But I really can't afford to feed four kids all day long.
Now I'm not talking goldfish and popsicles here. I'm talking four burgers or four subs or 2 large pizzas, gallons of lemonade and sweet tea.
I trip to the skatepark and back, lunch, snacks at the pool and then dinner before the day is done could put me out $60 or more. Because it is summertime this could happen several times a week.
I mean, as you can see, the results are priceless.
So I ask the question: How much or how often do you pay for your kids friends?