I concede that as the kids get older, their needs/wants do not get cheaper. Although my kids do not ask a lot but what they ask sometimes gives me acid, lol. Gone are the days of plastic and battery operated toys. They want electronics or musical instruments and, yes, they want specific items or brands please. It is a good thing that we find 0% interest on instruments at musiciansfriend.com or online stores have sales going on almost on a daily basis. And if you are a parent, I am sure you know how to bargain hunt. I do. A lot of times. Because as much as I love my kids, I would really rather that I do not pay too much on something they need for school. I am grateful for the sales, discounts, and coupons that every store provide to their customers because every dollar saved is a big help to us.