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Oh no, the dreaded ice cream truck!!!

post #1 of 15
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Has anyone figured out a way to handle this? Our local ice cream truck parks outside school EVERYDAY and my kids (naturally) beg for ice cream nearly everyday! We came to an agreement that this would be a special, once-a-week treat, but even that is beginning to bust my budget!!! It is just about $5.00 for 2 ice creams(!!!!) I can buy 2 or 3 boxes at the store for that price! UGH!!! Just looking for how you all have handled it....
post #2 of 15
Wow, I did not know that there were still Ice Cream Trucks around!!! That is cool, but I definitley see your dilemma!!!
post #3 of 15
I am probably going to sound mean... but I tell my kids just that. I can buy 2 or 3 boxes of ice cream for what the iceacream truck sells. I almost NEVER buy from the truck and they come daily.My dh taught them that the truck is a rip-off!
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Originally Posted by indianamommie View Post

I am probably going to sound mean... but I tell my kids just that. I can buy 2 or 3 boxes of ice cream for what the iceacream truck sells. I almost NEVER buy from the truck and they come daily.My dh taught them that the truck is a rip-off!


No, you aren't mean, just real!! I am looking for the balance between an outright NO, vs. the never-say-no parent who gives into the ice cream whining everyday (LOL!!!). Avoidance tactics are welcome!!!
post #5 of 15
We get those alot around here. This is what we did. (It's what my parents did for us so I tried it and it worked.)

The first time the truck came by and the kids asked for an ice cream, I went to my purse and got out $5. I said, Their ice creams are $2.50 each so for $5 you could have one each but that would be it for the month, or we could pop down to Sobey's (the grocery store) and get a whole container of ice cream that would last us the month for the same amount of money. What do you think we should do? Their eyes lit up and they quickly decided on the big container. We went and they have never asked since. Although occasionally they will say, "I can't believe those kids are buying one ice cream when they could buy a whole container for that much!" Now those are words to melt a mother's heart.
post #6 of 15
My son loves to hear that bell! We'll do it as a treat, but it is Godawfully overpriced. Remember when we were growing up, the ice cream trucks had yummy SOFT ice cream? Now that's worth going to the ice cream truck for.

Otherwise, I do just tell him no, we'll eat what we have tonight or I'll give you what we have OR we'll go out later and get some (we have a Cold Stone Creamery nearby).

My dh said something interesting this weekend. DS wanted the last Bionicle in a certain collection at the mall. DH said no. DS was disappointed and kept talking about it, but he has never been one to throw a tantrum - very lucky for us.

Anyway, I told dh we should get it and make him earn it because they do go off the market, and he does take NO well. DH said it's because he's told NO so seldom and he finds creative ways to ask for it later - by earning it for being good, helping around the house more, etc., on his own that it's been good for him....I think he has a point.
post #7 of 15
Ok, I'm a meany too! I tell them no and I also say I have no idea where the ice cream came from, or how long it has been in this man's truck, etc. I'm terrible!!
post #8 of 15
Ouch, that's rough. Do your kid's get an allowance? Maybe you can show them how much it would take to buy it out of the truck, then take them to the store and show them how many they can get for that same price!

I don't know how I would handle it, right now my boys are young enough that we just call it the music truck, and they think it just goes around playing music!
post #9 of 15
We have ice cream trucks. They are always driven by a creepy looking guy. We have yet to buy anything as I have explained to the kids the price of an ice-cream from the truck vs. what you can get at the store. What annoys me the most about these trucks is that they sit in the parking lot during the kids soccer games and play their music. All the kids start looking & begging their parents. I know they are just trying to make a living but it seems very opportunistic (sp).
post #10 of 15
My middle son had the ice cream truck scheduled to come to his school once a month so it was a big treat, but the cost was only $1 each! That is some expensive ice cream you hve there!

We just ignore it. It comes around our house about 5:00 so it is too close to dinner.
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