What does your kids’ Easter basket say about how they deal with money?

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Grace Miller (from left), Aiden Carney and Anabelle Aranda and receive large Easter baskets after being prize-egg winners for 3- and 4 year-olds at the Lakeway Eggstravaganza on March 28. KAREN WHITTY FOR LAKE TRAVIS VIEW 3/28/2015 LAKEWAY
Grace Miller (from left), Aiden Carney and Anabelle Aranda and receive large Easter baskets after being prize-egg winners for 3- and 4-year-olds at the Lakeway Eggstravaganza on March 28. KAREN WHITTY FOR LAKE TRAVIS VIEW

Grace Miller (from left), Aiden Carney and Anabelle Aranda and receive large Easter baskets after being prize-egg winners for 3- and 4-year-olds at the Lakeway Eggstravaganza on March 28.
KAREN WHITTY FOR LAKE TRAVIS VIEW

I got a press release this morning from the public relations firm that represent Scott and Bethany Palmer, aka the Money Couple.

The say everyone is born with their money personalities and that you’re DNA often determines how you handle money.

So what’s this got to do with an Easter basket?

Well, they say you can figure out a kid’s money personality based on what he does with the Easter basket.

Their theory:

Saver – A child with a Primary Saver Money Personality will hold on to their candy forever. His or her Peeps will turn to stone before they’d consider consuming them all.

Spender – A Spender child will get a thrill from eating their treats right away. Why wait?

Risk Taker – A Risk Taker child will find creative, new uses for their newly acquired “commerce” of jelly beans and chocolate and may trade with cousins or fellow hunters to collect the hard-to-find-ones or increase their stash of their favorite color of jelly bean.

Security Seeker – A child who is a Security Seeker will save the best for last. They’ll save their prize treat for some perfect, future time.

Flyer – A child who has a Flyer Money Personality may amaze some adults as they give away their spoils. They care more about the fun time spent with friends hunting the eggs and candy than eating it all. They enjoy the relationships and sharing and won’t appear as competitive as other kids on the hunt.

Could they be onto something?

The Easter bunny doesn’t come to my house, but I can tell you that if my daughter finds the Passover afikomen, she’s already spent the prize money in her head. My son, will keep that $5 forever. His bar mitzvah was 11 months ago and he has yet to spend a dime of the money he received. Every time he thinks he knows what he wants to do with it, he then worries that he might need that money for a rainy day.


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