My kids, ages 7- 12 play this game for hours almost every night. Totally shocking because these kids are ‘techno’ kids. They have their androids and their laptops, PS3’s, PSI’s, Wii’s, X-Box’s…. the list goes on and on. They would sit and play in their own little ‘techno’ world’s all night long, if I would let them.
One day, after I unplugged the internet, they started playing ‘real life’ with play money that they had taken out of another game. Someone would go to ‘work’ and come back and get paid. They would pay pretend bills or their pretend vehicles would break down and they would have to pay the mechanic to fix it. We decided to make their pretend game into a real game that included all of their pretend play, so that they could share with others. They have so much fun with this game and learn the value of a dollar at the same time. They play this almost every evening now and most of the day on the weekends. I couldn’t be happier
My older children, ages 16-21 thought money grew on trees. They are also ‘techno’ kids with all the great new gaming stations and phones….just no jobs. They were constantly asking for money to go shopping, pay their cell phone bill and go out with their friends. A few weeks ago I used this game and gave my older 3 kids 1 month salaries…..I was very generous and gave them $2000 each. I told them that their dad and I had paid the deposits on new apartments, one for each of them, had the utilities turned on and had furnished the apartments. All they had to do was pay their rent, their utility bills, insurance and buy groceries and other household products, all of which are on the draw cards. I then told them that all their bills were due and charged them a cheap rent of $500 each, since we had set them all up in their own places. Then their electric (I first asked them if they planned on leaving their lights and T.V.’s on 24/7 like they do here at our house…they said ‘no’). I told them they were all on budgets and that their electricity is $110 a month because of the air conditioning in the summer. Then their gas was due, which was also on budget because of the heat in the winter. That bill was $120. I asked them if they planned on buying a car which they all said “yes”, I charged them $250 a month for the auto loan (we would have to co-sign of course). Their rental and car insurance was $150 a month. I figured they would eat around $100 worth of groceries a week, so that was $400 a month. Cable with internet, which they all wanted, ran around $100 a month. That left them a grand total of $270 a month….they were tickled until I told them they needed gas for their cars, $120 a month. Which left them with only $150 a month to ‘play’ with or buy clothes or put into savings. They were horrified especially after I told them that they would NOT be making $2000 a month unless they got a job that paid over $13.50 an hour and McDonald’s only pays minimum wage, a little over half that an hour. The kids were, needless to say, dumb founded. They just never realized what it takes to live on your own and that when we said we didn’t have the money for something, we weren’t joking. The game must have taught them a lesson because they don’t ask for money as often. Or, they didn’t like playing with me so they avoid asking for money, either way I have more money in my pocket.