normally, pooka is a very generous kid. she has a piggy bank full of change, when she doesn't insist on carrying it all in her various purses. when we go to the store she begs and pleads to be able to help pay for things. obviously, she doesn't yet have a grasp on the relative value of coins versus bills, nor just how many coins it would take to satisfy the grocery bill. but she is willing to give and it makes me proud to know that she is so generous. i did let her pay for mommy and daddy's christmas presents with her own money, though. she picked out 2 candy bars (with a little help) and using the self-check paid for them herself. boy, she thought she was getting a deal when she put in one 5$ bill and got back three 1$ bills in return.