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Rewards for Good Behavior

Just about all the kids are back to school at this point. Gaia’s school uses a reward system that she’s quite fond of. Green smiley faces are given for good behavior, yellow is for not following directions (Gaia got one for talking when the teacher is talking – my little social butterfly), red is for bad behavior, and purple is for severe cases of misconduct. If a child is really good going above and beyond general expectations. If you get a blue star you get to pick from the treasure box, and if you get all green/blue for the week you get a bonus treasure at the end of the week.

Gaia also came home with a Scholastic Reading Club catalog. Scholastic books were the highlight of my school career, so I was very excited to get it in Gaia’s take-home folder! We’ve decided to use it as even more incentive for her to follow directions. At the end of each month when the Scholastic catalog comes home, if she has had green or blue for a majority of the month and no red or purple, then she gets to choose some books from Scholastic. I’m using my account to keep track of those Scholastic purchases online. offers a way to “pay with personality” by choosing from hundreds of designs. There are no credit checks, no overdraft fees, no no late fees, and access to ATMs nation wide. Debit cards from are accepted anywhere that accepts Visa or MasterCard, and it’s really as easy as one-two-three! You can add money from an existing account, set up direct deposit, connect it to your Paypal account (which is what I did), or use Western Union or  a MoneyPak to add funds.

I like because I can use it as a separate account to budget for things like our Reading Club reward system. At the end of each week I just transfer $5 (assuming she got 5 days of green/blue) from Paypal to my personalized debit card. By the end of each month it’s ready to use without stressing out over my bill-paying account. I chose one of the many Nancy Drew cards to make my Scholastic purchases.

nancy drew card

Although it will rarely get pulled out, I enjoy having this awesome fashion-forward card in my wallet. Other ways you can use your personalized debit card include saving for vacations, budgeting for a teen’s allowance, or even as an alternative to a traditional bank account.


Disclaimer: I received a personalized debit card with a pre-loaded bonus as compensation for this post. All opinions are my own. I shall not tell lies!



  1. Wow! I love this idea! I like that you can personalize your card and you can put money aside into an actual physical card, instead of just a savings account or something. Awesome idea – and I love how you’re using it as well! Thank you for sharing with us 🙂

  2. What a neat idea! I love that you can easily transfer funds on to it and have it personalized! I’ve never heard of before, but I’m going to check it out!

  3. I love the idea of a book reward! How awesome.

    • I think I’m doing well as a non-reader by helping feed my child’s interests. You could use the same reward system at the book store as well.

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