As the summer ends, teenagers flock to parents for large sums of money to purchase the latest, greatest fashions that our nation’s retailers can offer us for Back to School shopping. Learn how one Dad attempts to control the shopping budget with his Can-Am Spyder.
Back to School
Shopping with Your Teen
As the summer ends, thousands of teenagers flock to parents
for large sums of money to purchase the latest, greatest fashions that our nation’s
retailers can offer us for Back to School shopping. Learn how one Dad attempts
to control the shopping budget with his Can-Am Spyder.
My Can-Am Dad
Like most Dads with teens, I shrug my shoulders and ask my
daughter "Why would you pay that kind of money for something I can find at a
thrift store for a fraction of the price?" That faded, holey, tattered-looking
pair of jeans cost $50 and I’m no fashion expert; but I think this is crazy.
As my 15-year old daughter and I volley conversations back
and forth about what she is not going to wear this school year; I decided to
come up with a different back to school shopping strategy and it went something
Dad (Me)- "Okay, lets make a deal about back to school
Teen Daughter- "Okay, what is it?"
Dad- "I will
let you buy anything and everything today as long as it fits in my vehicle"
Teen Daughter- "Deal!!! So which car are you driving me to
the mall with?"
Dad- "My Can-Am Spyder"
Teen Daughter- "Game-On Dad…"
And so our journey began…
My Can-Am Dad:
Shopping with a Teen
Most folks don’t realize how much storage is in the new 2014
Can-Am Spyder RTS Model. My
original strategy for using the Spyder was to cut my teenagers shopping list
down to the bare essentials in order to spare my wallet; however, I was the one
that was surprised by what we were able to buy and store in the (4) separate compartments, (front end,
side and rear compartments).
The storage specs for the 2014 Can-Am Spyder RT-S Model is
41 gallons of space with a total maximum rider + load capacity just under 500
lbs. The front nose of the Spyder is deep and capable of handling the majority
of our "oversized" shopping bags., ( thank you Hollister, Abercrombie &
Fitch, American Eagle) The two
side storage units are unique rectangular-shaped units that we capable of
gobbling up a couple shoe boxes.
The upper-rear storage unit that sits behind the second
rider was deep enough to store my daughters’ purse, backpack and other
essential, "girl stuff" accessories that completed our Father-Daughter shopping
experience at the Mall.
As I took out our helmets and made the final arrangements in
storing all 10-Bags in my 2014 Can-Am Spyder, I saw a smirk on my daughters
face and I just had to ask, "What’s so funny?" to my teen. Like adding more
insult to injury, my daughter said:
"Dad, I know how much you love to drive your Spyder, so I
had already mentally prepared my shopping list around the Spyder… Everything I
bought today with you fits perfectly and now I know what I will need to buy
Game, Set, Match.
My Can-Am Dad
Back to School shopping with a teen doesn’t have to be filled
with drama or stress. Be like me and take a Can-Am Spyder with you as your way
of limiting your teen to a shopping budget and storage capacity for the ride
home. Just be prepared for the realizations that the Can-Am Spyder has plenty of
storage capacity to keep any teen happy.
Editors Note: RJ
Jaramillo and SingleDad is a paid blogger for the Can-Am Spyder. All thoughts
and opinions in this blog post are my own and would be shared in the same
capacity to friends, family and relatives.
Richard “RJ” Jaramillo, is the Founder of SingleDad.com,
a website and social media resource dedicated to single parenting and specifically for the newly divorced, re-married, widowed and single Father with children.
RJ is self employed, entrepreneur living in San Diego and a father of three children. The mission of SingleDad is to help the community of Single Parents
“Make Life Happen…Again!”