I am listening to a fascinating podcast from Zig Ziggler. It is his suggestion that you provide kids with cash on Sunday... and the TV guide. To watch parental approved TV the kid must part with some of his cash. Watch less TV, end the week with more money. Watch TV... no money. I'm trying to extrapolate this into other behaviors we want to change... for example, I set aside $10 in the beginning of the week. If I go to the gym, I get to keep $2 for each visit. If I don't go, the money gets turned into "savings" never to be seen again (or not until I'm old and gray anyway). If I go to the gym at the end of the week I'd have $10 in mad money. Has anyone done this sort of thing with themselves or their kids? Is it sustainable, or do you eventually give up on it as too hokey? The latest thing in my town is for kids to be paid, often substantial (very substantial.. think $1000 substantial) amounts of money to eschew all sweets, deserts, cola, etc for a year. It seems to be the rage among fathers and sons to bet each other that one or the other will fall off the wagon, if Dad falls off he pays the kid X. If the kid falls off he loses the money (and a lot of pride is tied up in this too). If they both make it to the end of the year the kid wins his prize and presumably Dad has a smaller waistline. When my husband was drinking soda it wasn't uncommon for him to go through $10/week (and that is on sale... more if it wasn't) in pop. That's $40 a month blown. I imagine if I didn't have to buy ice cream, sugar of any kind (breakfast cereal?), etc I'd save another $5/week... suddenly a $1000 incentive doesn't seem so "unreasonable." Zig Ziggler's expertise is in sales, and motivating people to buy... he is not, by any stretch of the imagination, an expert in raising children. Is his idea... give the kid a "TV budget" and then let them allocate it as they wish, a wacky idea because there it will have an unintended consequence I haven't thought of?