How much pocket money do you give your 16 year old ?

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Reviewing DD's allowance, 16, year 11. Will share more later but interested in how much per month, what it covers, what they are expected to do to 'earn' it .
DD can't really get a job at the moment due to a time consuming and expensive hobby, although she has a regular babysitting job. I know these things vary widely so interested in others' arrangements.thanks!

BackforGood Wed 19-Feb-14 13:04:09

My 17 yr old (Yr13) gets £17 a month from us and my 15 yr old (Yr10) gets £15 a month.
We pay all subs and buy clothes etc. They pay for phone, going out, presents for people, etc.
Things they are expected to do around the house are because they live here and not directly related to pocket money.
Both have got themselves jobs to supplement their pocket money.

cory Wed 19-Feb-14 13:48:03

Similar mount to Backforgood and on a similar mounting scale. We pay essential clothes, they pay extras. By the time they start sixth form they get a �30 monthly allowance but are expected to keep themselves in clothes.

Same attitude as Back re household tasks.

dd has never been able to have a job, first because of health issues, now because of extensive extra training/experience that is needed for her hoped-for career

Then again, if she is going in for this particular career choice, learning to do without much money is probably an essential skill.

sinningsaint Wed 19-Feb-14 14:03:57

My 16 y/o DD get's £30 a month, along with phone bill and essentials (underwear, school stuff etc) paid for. She is expected to pay for clothes, concert tickets, going out with friends along with buses/trains unless me or DH have a couple of quid change handy. I give her the 30 as she makes dinner at least 5/6 times a week however DH is known to give her more when he gets paid hmm Before I started working full time last year and she started making dinner most nights she got £20 a month for washing up, doing washing, tidying etc things she is still supposed to do now.

noturningback Wed 19-Feb-14 18:07:49

DS gets £30 a month. I pay for payg phone, clothing essentials and entertainment costs when he comes with family. So it just covers his computer games and non-essential snacks. He does basic chores at home but not linked to his allowance. It is more than he needs really as he doesn't spend all of it but it's part of an amount I receive directly for his needs so I feel he should have free access to it.

circular Wed 19-Feb-14 18:10:44

16yr old yr12 DD1 gets £40 a month., plus phone, essential clothes, travel, school meals.
She pays for trips out, make up, extra clorhes, luxury items.
Not related to chores.

Not practical to get regular part time work as music school all day Saturday, lots of extra CA, and some volunteering. Can just about manage workload with that lot.

morethanpotatoprints Wed 19-Feb-14 18:11:23

Mine were given their CB as soon as they were 16 and they managed to pay for most things, they both had jobs though to pay their way through college and uni.

MrsDavidBowie Wed 19-Feb-14 18:15:53

Dd 17 has just gone up to £50 a month.
She babysits a couple of times a month...about £25 a time.
Difficult for her to have part time job as she has a hobby which takes up most of Saturday.

We buy basic clothes for her and general toiletries.

Nicole1976 Wed 19-Feb-14 18:48:01

DS 13 gets £20 a week, after looking at this I think i'm going to reduce that amount.

Thank you all - very interesting. Will post full response tomorrow, when lap top back from repair.
DD is not going to be happy with your responses :-)

Middleagedmotheroftwo Wed 19-Feb-14 20:27:01

£25 per month plus £12 per month phone contract. Anything else has to be earned.

I'd like your thoughts though about whether to keep paying pocket money once DCs have got a job. Would you?

insancerre Wed 19-Feb-14 20:31:56

did is 17 and gets £40 a month plus phone travel and lunch money
with that she is expected to buy her clothes and toiletries and presents for family for birthdays etc
I pay it into her bank account and when its gone its gone till next month
she has jobs go do around the house but does naff all as she is never in

TeenageAdvice15 Wed 19-Feb-14 20:36:41

DD15 gets £40 a month we pay for:
phone contract (£40pm)
clothes (but she doesn't get them that often)
toiletries
school things (uniform, stationary, textbooks etc)
All paid into her bank account at the start of the month but I'm going to start paying it in as £10 a week as she always spends it too quickly. There are no specific chores but she is expected to help out around the flat with tidying up etc

chocoluvva Thu 20-Feb-14 09:55:28

DD17 gets £25 per month - no specified household chores blush + £20 p/week term-time earnings.

We pay for essential clothes, phone, toiletries, stationery and hobby costs and I sometimes give her 2 or £3 if she has planned to go out for dinner.

I wish she'd get a Saturday job.

BuzzLightbulb Thu 20-Feb-14 11:14:59

My kids got �20 a month and their phones paid for. Clothes, toiletries and general living were covered under general grocery shopping. Both helped around the house, including cooking, but both also got part time jobs so we never really factored in any increases. Clothes were bought on a seasonal and grown out of the old ones basis, not constant shopping and on a budget. If they wanted to go to cinema we'd pay cos thats about a tenner including the bus, once they were working they pretty much paid their own way.

My step daughter gets �20 and her phone paid for. Does bugger all for it (she's a teenager) unless 'encouraged' and spends it on clothes from Primark/New Look the minute she gets it then moans about not having any money, not being able to go out though we give her a little extra for weekend trip to town with friends or cinema etc.

Nothing to do with her being my step daughter btw !!

BuzzLightbulb Thu 20-Feb-14 11:21:46

Oh and we have discussed madam's demands for an increase in the past.

Let's just say her figure is genuinely 'aspirational', and out counter bid linked to some household duties has been declined so we're still at the original figure.

I'm sure your daughter has the same idea of where money comes from.

Btw her younger sister has loads of cash, simply because she doesn't squander every penny she gets on cr*p :-)

BackforGood Thu 20-Feb-14 12:55:59

MiddleAged - we haven't stopped our ds or dd's Pocket money when they got their jobs, as, what would be the point in them working, in that case? We only give them a little bit of pocket money, and it's up to them if they want to spend more, then they earn it. If you stopped giving the pocket money, then there would be no incentive to go out and work for the extra.
We agreed that we would stop giving them pocket money at the end of the school year they are 18.

Thanks everyone and sorry for delay in responding.
Our DD gets £50 a month and phone on contract. Any overspend on phone has to be repaid. We buy "essential" clothes (school uniform, basic wardrobe). Her allowance covers toiletries, going out, clothes she "wants" rather than needs. She would like more (of course!) but given the responses above I think she has a pretty good deal. She has a regular babysitting job, hobby gets in the way of a regular weekend job. I'm going to suggest she keeps a record of what she is spending her money on so she can see just how much she fritters away on stuff! Thanks again.

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