Parents discussing financial problems, but what their son asks for—they knew he was listening

"I put dollars on your coffee card for you."
May 3, 2018 1:58 pm Last Updated: May 3, 2018 1:58 pm

When we find ourselves struggling to make ends meet, oftentimes the first thing we cut out of our lives is our daily trip to Starbucks or Dunkin’ Donuts.

Although going without your favorite Starbucks drink can be difficult, the financial rewards are clear.

An unidentified couple shared their story with Love What Matters about their financial struggles, and the reaction their young son had when he heard his mother couldn’t afford a coffee at Starbucks melted hearts.

A couple decided to stick to a strict budget to keep track of their finances.

According to the story, the husband and wife were discussing their financial situation in March 2017. They had some “very difficult circumstances,” which made it hard for them to make ends meet, but they had recently fallen on even harder times and needed to tighten their budget.

At the time it was just the two of them in the room, but their son, who was four and a half years old, was in another room and he was listening.

Even when they were tempted to buy something outside of their budget, they tried to stay within their limits.

The mother shared that about a week later their family had been out doing errands when she made a comment.

She wished she could buy a cup of coffee.

Her husband kindly reminded her that their budget didn’t allow for the extra spending, and as she put it, “the conversation ended there.”

But sometimes it was just hard to resist…

Once the conversation was over, the couple’s son asked for his mother’s Starbucks card. She didn’t think anything of it because “he likes playing with old gift cards and reward cards.”

But when he gave it back to her barely a minute later she was surprised.

The woman’s son put money on her Starbucks card so she could buy a drink.

"A few months ago, my husband and I were having a conversation about our finances. Due to some very difficult…

Posted by Love What Matters on Thursday, March 2, 2017

When she took the card back from her son she realized there was something wrapped around the card—a $5 bill.

“This is for you. I put dollars on your coffee card for you,” he said.

She was in awe. She hadn’t realized that her son had been listening the entire time and had heard her and her husband’s conversations about their financial struggles.

“When you think they aren’t listening, they are,” she reminded parents. “When you think you’ve said it 1,000 times but it hasn’t sunk in…. it has.”

Not only did it move her, but it also affected others. Some even shared similar stories.

Another mother shared a birthday card she received from her 12-year-old.

Posted by Susan Greer Hiers on Thursday, March 2, 2017

“I keep this $20 to remind myself I always have money,” Susan Greer Hiers wrote.

Another woman shared how her son treated her to dinner on her birthday using his own money.

Posted by Sadel N Madeline Saez on Thursday, March 2, 2017

“When I asked him who was going to pay, he replied ‘I’ve been saving my allowances for you birthday mom’…….Best Burger King meal ever!!!!!” Sadel N Madeline Saez wrote.