Lukas was so excited to take his piggy bank into Bank of America. We were going to get it counted, so he could bring it to the store when we went shopping. Visions of gum were dancing in his head. We waited in line, stared at ourselves in the security video camera TVs, and got to the counter only to get handed a coin sorter. So, not wanting this to be a fail, we plopped ourselves down and sorted out a ton of small coins. Just over $5 worth. He was a happy camper to have "so much" money. And the major bonus of all of this was the powerful lesson learned that afternoon at the store. "Can I buy this?" he would ask. And every time I would say, "Yes! It costs _____!" to which he often would say, "Oh." and put it back. But GUM! Gum he could afford! So he bought gum. And mom bought groceries. And it was a great day.