If you are traveling this holiday season, you might want to consider bringing some car bucks. They have definitely brought peace and joy to our car. 🙂
This past summer we went on TWO major road trips, hitting both coasts–I am proud to say that during the course of the summer I drove on the I-10 in every single state it passes through. All told we visited 15 states (but really Texas should count as like 10 different states since we drove from one end to the other). And most of it I did alone with the kiddos. Two six-year-olds and a baby can make for a LONG trip. Trust me. Enter car bucks…
I got the idea on our first trip and we used imaginary ones. By the second trip, I had my husband design actual “car bucks” for us. The girls loved them!
So, how do you earn car bucks?
- Being good during the drive,
- Helping out when necessary,
- Passing things back to siblings,
- Being quick at rest stops,
- Having good listening skills,
- Good manners at our stops, etc.
With the baby in the car, my girls earned quite a few by helping keep Colton quiet and happy. And I’ll admit that I pass the bucks out very freely. I would rather reward good behavior throughout the trip then have grumps riding with me. And this gives them more to spend.
But what do you spend the car bucks on?
- Buying souvenirs
- Treats at rest stops
- Special snacks
These were all things we would buy anyways but this way it was connected to good behavior which helped prevent whining and begging. The souvenir money wasn’t an arbitrary amount and it allowed the children to practice good financial skills when deciding how to spend their money. But don’t feel like you have to do a $1 to 1 buck ratio. Make it work for you.
As for the snacks, of course our regular snacks were all free. I just also picked up some extra special ones. Like oreo sticks with creme dip (yum!) and the cups of cookies. (I’m not very health concious on the road.) The kids loved being able to choose when they could have something special like the cookies. They tend to know best when they need a little pick me up.
Car bucks have made our road trips easier. I hope they help you!