So today, after over 12-18 months of saving birthday money, doing jobs and saving homework, she purchased her own DS. A quick browse on the Target website showed they'd dropped prices by a whopping $50 - meaning she had enough for the console and inexpensive game. There have been times when she's been down about how long it's taken to save, but hasn't dipped into her money, hasn't given up, and even when offered the difference as her birthday present, resisted and said she wanted to do it herself.
She was so proud of herself, counted out her money proudly and is enjoying a period of no restraints on how long she can play. We're proud of her persistence, patience and that she did it all herself. Lessohs for all of us.