These Mums Not Spending Much Money On Games For Their Kids

A UK newspaper asked three married mums to track how much money they spend on their kids each month. Gaming proved to be a very small part of it.

The Mirror doesn't make it clear which month was tracked nor whether the mums, who were asked to log every penny they spent, were taking into account any money the dads in the family spent on kids. Nevertheless, video games were among the smallest expenditures.

The Mirror presented all of the expenses in British pounds. For our American readership, those numbers are converted here to US dollars.

The first mum, married to a "workshop controller", has two daughters, one seven-year-old and one two-year-old. She spent the equivalent of $US1126 for the month.

Biggest purchase: Clothes ($US439)

Gaming-related (sort of) purchase: Club Penguin ($US11)

*** The second mum is a prison administrator, married to a truck driver. She has three kids, from five months to four years old. She spent $US1153 for the month.

Biggest purchase: Food ($US135)

Gaming-related purchase: PlayStation game for four-year-old son. ($US46)

*** The third mum is a mystery shopper, married to a crane operator. She is married to a crane operator and has 14-year-old twins. She logged spending $US1543 on her kids for the month.

Biggest purchase: Clothes ($US349)

Gaming-related purchase: Xbox controller ($US29)

Any parents out there spending a ton on games for their kids? Any kids re-thinking how much money their parents devote to games for them?

How much do kids really cost? [U.K. Mirror][PIC: Flickr]


Comments

    Haha, Club Penguin. That always makes me laugh. *waddle waddle*

    IS the third mum married to the Crane operator?

    Want to know the mistake in this study?

    THESE PEOPLE OBVIOUSLY KNOW NOTHING ABOUT VIDEO GAMES

    I don't see that a random month's spending is any huge indication of parents spending (or not) on their kids; I'd have thought the bulk of their game-spending (on games and/or hardware) would be at birthdays/xmas, with only the odd maintaining cost throughout the year - or perhaps encouraging kids to earn pocket money to buy their own games or controllers.

    That's how it was when I was growing up anyway... :)

    The results here seem really odd, $439.00USD on clothes a month, I doubt I'd spend that in a year. I'm going to take a shot in the dark here and say that the month chosen was a back to school month.

    You'd need to track this across a year at the least, including birthday presents, Christmas. I mean if you did the same study the month the PS3 came out, you could have $1000USD a month spent on games _and of course that's indicative of every month._

    MY PARENTALS SPENT FUCKLOADS ON ME AND MY GAMING HABITS GROWING UP NOW ALL I HAVE TO SHOW FOR IT IS A BIT OF PLASTIC THAT STOPS THE DOOR FROM SWINING IN THE WIND ...

      Not to mention slight illiteracy.

    working in a store I saw heaps of parents shelling out for a new game every couple of weeks. Ungrateful brats, I only got a new game at xmas and I had to share it with my brother :(

    Makes sense, kids arent really constant consumers in most families in regards to these purchases, they're often presents or something the kid has had to save up for or earn in some way.

    Even if they did have parents willing too younger gamers dont really spend that much time pouring over gaming sites for the latest and greatest games he cant legally buy.

    Sounds OK to me, I hate it when parents buy games for their demanding little brats rather than actually spend time with them. Most kids these days can't appreciate quality games anyway, all they want to buy is crappy licensed stuff based on the TV shows and movies they've seen. Gaming has grown up and should be left to teenagers and young adults who have the money to buy their own games rather than leeching off their parents.

    I tell my wife that the 200 odd dollars spent on games a month is for my two year old daughter. I don't think she buys it though.

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