We've started to let R* use her own money and make her own purchase decisions. So in a bookstore yesterday she wanted to buy these Yu-Gi-Oh! Trading Cards. Arrrgghhh! It's £2.50 for 9 silly game cards? I bit my lip hard and said "it's your money".
She was thrilled and bought them. My subsequent explanation of why they're a rip-off didn't dampen the excitement in the slightest. Of course, her friends also have these cards and so now she can participate in something her friends do. She says her friends just trade the cards and don't actually play the game.
I guess it's relatively cheap entertainment although I notice that to play the game requires a 46 card deck! On the bright side, playing the game requires practising subtraction and other numeracy skills. If she's going to collect them, I'll be learning a new game. It's Dungeons & Dragons all over again!