When I was a kid my mother took me to the shoe store before the start of each new school year.
There were only three rules:
1) I had to buy a new pair of shoes for school.
2) It could be any pair I wanted.
3) I had to pay half the cost.
To the best of my memory, we did this every single year.
I don’t think that there is anything that did more to shape my attitude toward consumption and personal responsibility, for better or worse, than those trips.