they know my face (and my kids) down at the pawn shop. I think it's better than overdrawing the account and it is depressing when I don't have fruit for my boy. Fruit makes me feel like we're doing alright!
It's a rough cycle though, bad for the ol' self esteem but I think it's better when ends meet and we're not in the red (okay technically we are, technically I have to pay more on the loan. I try not to think about it)
My son loves the instruments they have everywhere. He's a natural on the drums. One of these days I am going to save up and buy him a snare. Pawn shops are actually really fun places to be
The other day he taught the fellow next to us in line some of the karate moves he'd learned from my DH. He's a really magnetic kid, I adore that about him.