Needs Vs. Wants

Do you go shopping with your parents? Maybe you wanted a toy, but they said they had to save the money for bills. Or you wanted to get cookies, but they bought fruit instead. Why do adults buy some things, but not everything you would like?

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People need some things to survive, like healthy food, water, a home, and more. What does your family need to have every day? How about every month, or year?

People want other things, like toys, candy, and video games. These things can make life more fun, so it’s okay to get them sometimes. But you should make sure you have what you need first.

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Your parents want you to have fun, but they also have to make sure your family has what you need. Try to help them the next time you go shopping, and pick out everything you need before you start thinking of what else you want.