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Money Memories-Canon Rebel T4i DSLR Giveaway

froggerThis month I am happy to be co-hosting a giveaway for a Canon Rebel T4i DSLR digital camera. I used to have an old school Canon Rebel before digital cameras. It took excellent pictures and was incredibly easy to use, so some lucky winner is going to get a sweet prize. With this camera you’ll capture some great memories. While I don’t actually have a picture of it, my earliest money memory happened when I was about 7 or 8 years old. It taught me about the value of earning money.

When I was a kid, my sister and I certainly had everything we needed, but money was a little tight. In the early 80’s, my Dad left the ranks of being an employee to open up his own building supply store. While it eventually did really well and sold for a nice profit, we didn’t have tons of money to spare in the early days.

My Mom and Dad still always managed to make Christmas and birthdays big deals, and Santa brought an Atari one Christmas. I believe it came with a couple of games, and we got Pac-Man, which was all the rage. However, as most kids do, we got bored with those games and wanted more. I especially had my eye set on Frogger. Just thinking about the sound of the little frog when he jumps across the road and gets flattened brings back some great memories.

At the time, Frogger cost somewhere around $30, a fortune and probably as much as we spent on groceries per week. My Mom flat out said no, probably thinking what ungrateful little creatures we were. I’ve thought that same thing about my daughter when she keeps wanting more. Mom did say that I could buy it if I saved up enough money. How the heck was I supposed to earn money? Not sure, but I was going to give it my best shot.

My neighbor (who was on a quest for GI Joes) and I sold lemonade several times (of course Mom bought the supplies!). I “worked” for my Grandma doing odd chores, usually shelling peas, breaking beans, or other garden related jobs. I saved any money that came in for my birthday or other holidays. It took about 6 months, but I did finally did raise the $30 for Frogger.  I got to take my sweaty wad of fives, singles, and change to buy that video game. I remember the clerk had to count it two or three times to make sure I had enough. I held up the line, but could have cared less.

Frogger was always my favorite video game. Maybe it was because of the awesomeness of getting frogs across the road, but I really believe it’s because I worked to hard to buy it on my own. If only, I’d put that $30 into Coca Cola or GE, but I digress. That was my first money memory, and I am thankful that my Mom taught me the value of a dollar.

About Kim Parr

Kim Parr is a private practice optometrist, freelance writer, and personal financial blogger. You can follow her journey to 20/20 financial vision at Eyes on the Dollar.


  1. My entire childhood was basically saving money for toys and video games. Then buying toys and video games. Then repeating the process. Some days I wonder if I would have been better off with dividend growth stocks. I certainly wish I would have known about investing by the time I made it college and mostly outgrew the toy and video game craze.

    • My video game days were short lived. After a year of two of Atari, I never really was into it. Yes the stocks would have been better, but I didn’t even know what the stock market was back then.

  2. Excited to be co-hosting with you! I will have my post up on Monday. On a side note my wife really, really, really wants this camera.

  3. I used to love Frogger with all my heart. Actually, I still do. Thanks for the giveaway. I’m pining for that camera.

  4. Love this story. :-). Frogger was the best, wasn’t it? 🙂 My kids are really great about saving money for the things they want, and it instills such a confidence in them; a confidence I’m not sure they’d have if we handed them everything. They’re learning that they can achieve their goals all by themselves! Have a great weekend, Kim!

    • It is good to teach them that at an early age. Giving in to everything will come back to haunt them later in life I do believe.

  5. Great memory Kim! I loved Frogger. Pac-Man is a classic and all, but nothing like Frogger. Reminds me of the Seinfeld episode where they try and save the Frogger that George got his hi score on. Thanks for the giveaway!

    • That is so classic when George is trying to get the whole game across the road. Thanks for reminding me of that one. They don’t seem to have shows like that anymore!

  6. Frogger was one of my favorite games back in the day! I think you can play frogger online now as a flash game.

  7. I still remember having an Atari. I think our first game was Pong. I also remember having Pac-man. Games have definitely evolved over the years. That’s for sure. Have a great weekend!

  8. OMG, I loved Atari!! Frogger and Pacman were the best 🙂

  9. ” I got to take my sweaty wad of fives, singles, and change to buy that video game.” – I love that line. Those were the days … and now when I see video games today I can’t believe how different they look. Have a great weekend!

  10. Never heard of Frogger, it was all about Super Mario when I was old enough to have video games. Smart move from your parents to make you work for it. Once my grandmother offered a paid chore, and didn’t estimate her price correctly, we sweated all day to go above and beyond and she had to give us so much money she never offered paid chores again.

  11. I was the one kid on the block who was not allowed to buy an Atari. I was soooo jealous, but I loved going to my friend’s house to play. Thanks for the giveaway, Kim, and have a great weekend!

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