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That's why I've come up with a new program that's going to reward you for spending time together. I'm calling it "Mom Bucks."
Susan Heffley in the Rodrick Rules film.

Mom Bucks was a currency system that was designed to reduce the conflict between Greg Heffley and Rodrick Heffley and help them with their financial shortage. It was created and abolished by Susan Heffley in Rodrick Rules and its film adaptation.

History[]

Rodrick Rules[]

Mom Bucks is actual game money from a board game. The idea of Mom Bucks was that if Greg and Rodrick did chores and help around the house, Susan would give them Mom Bucks instead of money. One Mom Buck was worth only a penny, meaning 1000 Mom Bucks equated to 10 dollars. This was made, because the two kept hitting her for money and were always complaining about being broke. Later Greg was up at Rowley's house playing some board games when he found some play money sticking out which was the same type used for Mom Bucks, so when Rowley went to the bathroom he found they were about 100,000 of them, stuffed all of them inside his sweater and his bag and took them home. When he got back he stuffed them under his bed, since those Mom Bucks can equal to 1000 real dollars. At school, Mr. Huff announced that they will be doing a poem based on the early 1900s, but Greg procrastinated after believing a false snow report. When he realized that it wouldn't snow, he knew he had to do the poem. Since it was too late to go to the library and because his home didn't have any history books about the early 1900s, he knew this would be a challenge.

Greg asked Frank for help, but Frank didn't want to help him. Rodrick overheard them and made a deal with Greg that if he pays him 500 Mom Bucks or 5 real dollars, he will lend his paper to him. However, Greg was hesitant about the offer, since he knew Frank always helped Rodrick in doing his work and that the paper was in a clear plastic binder that teachers go crazy for. So, Greg disagreed with the offer and went to the computer room to do some research on the computer, but just then the power went off and Greg lost all progress. As he knows that he'll flunk Mr. Huff's class if he doesn't turn in his paper, he realized that he has no other option than to get Rodrick's paper.

Greg then asked Rodrick to give it, but Rodrick increased his price and would increase when Greg would disagree. So Greg took twenty thousand Mom Bucks (equivalent to 200 dollars) and paid it to Rodrick and got his paper. But then at school, Greg noticed the paper was in Rodrick's handwriting and that Frank didn't help Rodrick in doing that. He then realized that was because Frank only started helping Rodrick do his papers when he went to High School (in the online version, it was because Rodrick and Frank had a argument around the same time and so Rodrick didn't ask him for help). When he read it to see if he can still use it, it turns out that Rodrick's poem was illogical and that it got a failing grade. So Greg didn't turn the paper in and ended up flunking Mr. Huff's class.

Then, before Greg got home, Rodrick had cashed in all the Mom Bucks at once, so he could get money to buy a used motorcycle. Susan was suspicious, and Rodrick told her where he got it from Greg. Susan searched Greg's room and found the Mom Bucks under his bed and confiscated them, including his real ones; then, she then discontinued the Mom Bucks program. Greg is honestly relieved, because sleeping on the Mom Bucks was stressing him out every night. Susan was angry with Greg and punished him by making him clean the whole garage, but Greg got it finished early by inviting Rowley to help him clean.

Rodrick Rules (2011 film)[]

In the Rodrick Rules film, Susan created Mom Bucks to make Rodrick and Greg be nicer to each other. She would give them each a mom buck for every hour they did not be mean to each other. They could trade in 1 Mom Buck for 1 dollar (US Dollar). It is game money from a board game called "Pay Up."

Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical[]

Despite mainly being an adaptation of the first book, Mom Bucks are present. After Chirag presents an unnamed board game to Greg and Rowley at his house, Greg notices the fake money used in the game are the ones used for Mom Bucks, equivalent to 100,000. Instead of stuffing them in his sweater and taking them home for himself like in the book, Greg instead explains the Mom Bucks system to Chirag and Rowley, prompting a song titled "All About the Mom Bucks". In December, Greg cashes out 1,000 Mom Bucks to buy a "Presto Chang-O" magicians box for the Winter Talent Show. After Greg leaves the Kindergarteners in a ditch and lets Rowley take the blame, Rodrick finds out by reading his Diary. Greg stops Rodrick from posting the pages to TikTok by giving him the rest of his Mom Bucks (99,000). Near the end, Rodrick gets grounded for "ruining" Susan's "entire financial system".

Greg's Counterfeit Mom Bucks[]

As stated before, Greg was up at Rowley's house playing some board games when he found some play money sticking out which was the same type used for Mom Bucks, so when Rowley went to the bathroom he found they were about 100,000 of them, stuffed all of them inside his sweater and his bag and took them home. When he got back he stuffed them under his bed, since those Mom Bucks can equal to 1000 real dollars. Greg only redeemed the average amount of mom bucks he gets at a time, and did chores so Susan doesn't get suspicious.

Trivia[]

  • In the Online version, the money in Zoo-Opoly is the money used for Mom Bucks.
  • In the book, it's Greg who cheats on the system. In the film, it's Rodrick who cheats on the system.
  • While the cheating was exposed in the book, it was never shown if Susan found out about it in the movie. It may be possible that Susan eventually found out as it's never mentioned in the film Dog Days.
  • In the film, one Mom Buck was worth one dollar, while in the book, one Mom Buck was worth a cent.
  • Mom Bucks are used as points in the Wimpy Kid Club.
  • You can download actual Mom Bucks that are identical to the ones seen in the Rodrick Rules film from Cartoon Network. The original link is now a 404, but the URL was saved on the Wayback Machine.[1]
  • In Australian pressings of the book, they are stated to be worth 1 cent of real money.
  • The Mom Bucks make an appearance in Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Musical, where there's even an entire rap written about them.

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