Almost everyone, young and old, can’t get enough of candy. You can buy and eat them anytime, anywhere. However, in Sweden, these sweet treats are only purchased once a week.

On Saturdays at Stockholm’s Liljeholmen Square, Swedes are so accustomed to buying and eating candy that they have a word for it: lördagsgodis, which means “Saturday sweets.” The concept of lördagsgodis isn’t new. In fact, it has been around since the 1950s. According to Sofi Tegsveden Deveaux, an author and professor of Swedish culture and values, Swedish medical officials had advised people to limit their candy consumption to once a week to combat the rising tooth decay rates. Aside from its appeal for people to relax after a long week, lördagsgodis has a lot more to offer: it encourages children to think about weekly budgeting and contributes to a culture that promotes independence from a young age. When a Swedish child turns 16, the state stops paying child benefits and instead offers them the same amount as a study allowance as long as they continue in school. For Deveaux, it’s a “smooth transition” for children to receive money from the government.

Whether children are taught to budget using coins and notes or bank transfers and apps, the lördagsgodis trend will undoubtedly continue. We might also learn more about budgeting like the children in Sweden, one piece of candy at a time.