Saying “Better or best use of our dollars” instead of “We can’t afford it” helped our children understand spending choices. See Best Use of Our Dollars Here.
We also had another saying when the boys were very young.
When my sons were two, four, and five, my grandmother sent each a couple of dollars in the mail. At Toys R Us, the boys surveyed their choices.
One son chose two matchbox cars, each less than a dollar in 1992. However, his older brother chided, “You can’t buy two. You spend money one time.”
I was glad that my kindergartner understood that principle. I explained that his brother could spend his money once and have two cars.
Later we would occasionally say, “You only spend money one time.”
Have you coined any money sayings?