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As much as it pains me to say it, but my husband and I spoil our kids. It’s pathetic, and something I was determined not to do. My husband is definitely the weakest link. If the kids ask for something, they know they will get it, no matter how expensive it is.
Take my son’s latest obsession: Oculus Quest 2, some sort of virtual reality headset. The cheapest version runs at more than $300, a good bit of cash. Since we just got him several very expensive gadgets, he was told that it would be at least six months or more until we even consider getting this thing for him. Alas…
The other day, my husband had to stop by Best Buy on the way home, in order to get a pair of headphones. I got a call, and here is our conversation:
Him: They have the Oculus Quest 2 in stock here.
Him: I really want to buy it.
Me: But I thought we would wait, so we could at least pretend to be good parents?
Him: I know.
Me: Ok, here is the thing. Why don’t we order it online, since it has free shipping. It will only take a few days. That way I can go through a shopping portal and use my Amex card that has a $25 discount on a $250 purchase.
Him: But I really want it now.
Me: Come on! It’s only a few days. Btw, what cards do you have in your wallet?
Him: Chase Freedom Unlimited and Chase Freedom Flex.
Me: No “Best Buy” offers attached to either card (after checking the online profile). You really should have a card that is not issued by Chase, in case that bank decides to fire us after all of my shenanigans. Remind me to put an Amex Everyday Preferred in your wallet when you get home.
Him: That’s fine. But can I just buy Oculus now?
Me: Go ahead, but make sure to use Chase Freedom Unlimited, since it earns 1.5 points per dollar.
And guess what? A few minutes later, I get a text message saying he still used Chase Freedom Flex by accident. You only had one job! It’s funny because my cousin-in-law was telling me the other day how she asked her 12-year old to get a credit card out of her purse to pay at McDonald’s. And he goes:”Chase Sapphire Preferred, right? Since it earns 3 points on dining.” This is a 12-year old.
Looking back, I probably could have ordered this VR set online with a pick-up at the store he was in, but it usually takes some time for the order to be processed. Since he was tired and wanted to go home, I didn’t want to create an issue.
And in all fairness, as much as it hurts to lose $25+ miles from the shopping portal, we will survive. In the grand scheme of things, it’s not worth obsessing over. Btw, my son screamed from happiness for two minutes straight.
Leana is the founder of Miles For Family. She enjoys beach vacations and visiting her family in Europe. Originally from Belarus, Leana resides in central Florida with her husband and two children.