The Magazine of The Evangelical Lutheran Church in America


Tips from the homefront

The Lutheran asked readers: “How does your family stay grounded in this crazy consumer culture?” Here several tell what works for them.

Limit the ‘gimmes’

Both our daughters, 13 and 4, have allowances that limit the “gimmes.”

Twice a year, our teen gets a $250 debit card to spend on clothes. Once that’s gone, she has to spend her own money. As a result she’s a very good shopper and looks askance at friends who need name brands and get whatever they want from their parents. Our 4-year-old hasn’t really started asking for stuff yet—besides food.

Keith Gatling
King of Kings Lutheran Church, Liverpool, N.Y.

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