OUR first lesson in life in terms of managing our money would be tuckshop days.
In the good old days, mum or dad would write you lunch order out on a brown or white paper bag, which you would put in the basket in your classroom that would be taken to the canteen.
Then, magically, at lunchtime, your lunch, in the paper bag, appears in your classroom.
As you get older, or your parents got too busy or impatient to sit down and work out tomorrow's lunch order, the coins were handed straight into your precious little hands.
Suddenly, your hands were the little pots of gold at the end of the rainbow that disappeared quickly once you visited the tuckshop at lunch time.
However, the $3 or $4 that would cover lunches in the 1980s would barely get you a can of soft drink at tuckshops these days.
Joy Swindells says for her two high school boys, she needs to give them about $15 each to get something decent.
"Def only a fortnightly luxury for me not having to make it," she posted on The Bulletin's Facebook post about tuckshop prices last night.
"They are crazy, I have 3 at primary school and it cost almost $40," Lyndel Armstrong posted.
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